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Gift Planning Guide
Determining the right gift is just as important as making the gift. There are many options in your estate planning from which you can choose. In general, one of the simplest methods to leave a lasting legacy to KATO Foundation’s Kitty City NM is the bequest. Bequests are an instrument of a contributor's will which sets aside a sum of money, portion of the estate or portion of the estate's residuary for distribution to a charitable organization such as Kitty City NM. The bequest can be small or large. It can be unrestricted, or it can be restricted for use to a specific program of interest.
Wills and Living Trusts
By including Kitty City NM in your will or living trust, you can make an important and lasting gift for the animals while meeting your financial and estate planning goals. A bequest to Kitty City NM can take many forms, and because a bequest qualifies for the estate tax charitable deduction, it may reduce your taxable estate.
Common types of bequests:
General: “I give to KATO Foundation’s Kitty City NM, a corporation organized and existing under the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Law, headquartered at 56 Danley Ranch Rd, Alamogordo, NM 88310, the sum of ________ dollars (or specific piece of property) to be used as the board of directors directs.”
Bequest of a percentage: “I give and bequeath ________ percent (name specific percentage) of my estate to KATO Foundation’s Kitty City NM, a corporation organized and existing under the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Law, headquartered at 56 Danley Ranch Rd, Alamogordo, NM 88310.”
Bequest of residue: This is a provision in a will leaving the remainder of one’s estate to an organization after all other bequests are fulfilled. “The rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, whatever situation, I give and bequeath to KATO Foundation’s Kitty City, a corporation organized and existing under the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Law, headquartered at 56 Danley Ranch Rd, Alamogordo, NM 88310.”
Contingent bequest: This leaves a bequest to KATO Foundation’s Kitty City if any of the other beneficiaries are unable to receive their bequests because of death or other circumstances. Generally this reads, “should (name of person) predecease me, the portion of my estate going to ___________(this person) I give and bequeath to KATO Foundatio’s Kitty City NM, a corporation organized and existing under the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Law, headquartered at 56 Danley Ranch Rd, Alamogordo, NM 88310.”
To leave a gift from a Living Trust, write: "I direct my trustee to distribute from the principal of my trust estate to KATO Foundation’s Kitty City NM, a corporation organized and existing under the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Law, headquartered at 56 Danley Ranch Rd, Alamogordo, NM 88310, the sum of ________ dollars (or, if stock, land or other property, please describe)."
Retirement Plan Assets
Your IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or other qualified retirement plan may be heavily taxed if left to anyone other than a legally recognized spouse. By naming KATO Foundation’s Kitty City NM as a beneficiary of all or a portion of a retirement plan, you avoid both the estate tax and income tax due on these tax-deferred plans if you distributed to your heirs.
If you have a life insurance policy you no longer need, you may consider transferring ownership to Kitty City NM. You may also purchase a new policy, and later name Kitty City NM as the owner and beneficiary. Either gift generates a charitable income tax deduction. The payment of premiums on behalf of Kitty City NM will also enable you to claim income tax charitable deductions.
A little planning today can ensure the thoughtful disbursement of your assets and can assure you, your heirs (including pets) and charitable interests have a more secure future.
A sound estate plan, which includes a planned giving provision, can provide income as well as tax advantages. Kitty City NM has provided general information about planned giving instruments below and you should always consult your attorney or estate planner on all such matters.
Charitable Remainder Unitrust
With this instrument of planned giving, you could potentially and irrevocably transfer money, stock certificates, personal or real property to a trustee who then pays you, and possibly others, income for life or for a period of years as determined by you at the time the assets are transferred. Then you and/or other income recipients (people and/or organizations) receive annual payments from the trust based on a fixed percentage selected by you and applied to the market value of the assets as determined each year. This means that the income will vary from year to year.
Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust
This instrument performs in much the same way as a Charitable Remainder Unitrust; with two important differences. The annual income the recipient receives as a result of such a charitable gift will always be the same regardless of the changing annual value of the assets. And, once assets are placed in this type of trust, you may not add to the trust capital to provide for a greater charitable deduction. The charitable remainder annuity trust may place you in a position of greater financial security because it fixes the amount of income paid annually regardless of market conditions.
Charitable Gift Annuity
The charitable gift annuity is a contract between you and a non-profit organization whereby the organization promises to pay a certain amount of money each year in exchange for a gift of property.
Charitable Lead Trust
The income from this type of trust is directed to a charitable organization for some period of years — often 10 years or more. At the end of the stated number of years, the trust becomes the property of the individuals named by you, such as children or others, or it can revert to you. The lead trust differs from the unitrust or annuity trust in that the charitable organization receives the income from the trust during the trust period rather than receiving the trust corpus at the end of the trust period.
KATO Foundation’s Legal Designation
The following information should be included to name Kitty City NM in your will, trust or other planned gift:
Complete legal name – KATO Foundation inc.
Permanent address – 56 Danley Ranch Rd, Alamogordo, NM 88310
Federal tax identification number – 20-2715739
Kato Foundation is a (501c3) non-profit corporation