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Planned Giving Newsletter

January 2021

Do you have questions about estate planning? Planned giving? Your will? Each month, we feature new articles and interactive features. We also share news about the charitable endowments under the umbrella of Hindu Heritage Endowment.

Jaffna Kali Kovil Fund

The Jaffna Kannathiddy Kali Kovil Endowment, fund #78, provides funds for the Temple's electrical expenses & oil for the lamps. When the fund principle reaches US$10,000 the grant income may also be used for puja supplies for this Kali Temple and the Ganesha shrine in front of the Kali Temple.

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For USA donors, this is a new year and a new opportunity. Well, in this case, the return of an opportunity. The required minimum distribution (RMD) is back after having been waived in 2020. Now everyone age 72 or older needs to distribute funds from their IRAs before the end of the year.

Read about the IRA charitable rollover.

How It Works: The Charitable Lead Trust

If you want to provide an inheritance to your children and make a significant charitable gift through your estate, a charitable lead trust can help you accomplish both objectives.

The basics. You transfer cash or assets, which are appreciating in value, into a trust you create with the intention of supporting Hindu Heritage Endowment first and then returning the remaining assets to your family. It’s a tool that helps preserve family wealth and control social capital.

The major benefits to you. The major benefit is in transferring assets to family members at very little gift or estate tax costs. Using a charitable lead trust, you could potentially pay a relatively small gift tax for eventually transferring, for example, $1 million of assets to your children. This type of gift provides you with a gift tax deduction, not an income tax deduction.

Other considerations. There are many issues to consider – legal, financial and personal – when considering the establishment of a charitable lead trust. In the end, you may find that such a trust represents one of the best ways to help Hindu Heritage Endowment while planning a deferred transfer of assets to children.

Please call us for more information about this tax-savvy charitable gift. We would be happy to work with your legal and tax advisors to make your dreams a reality.

© The Stelter Company The information in this publication is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult an attorney. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results.

Planned Giving Guidance

What you need to know; estate planning basics in the United Kingdom


Iraivan Temple Endowment

Provides funds to maintain the Iraivan Temple and the surrounding grounds and buildings


Family Life at Udayan Care

This eight minute film introduces the Udayan Care ghars, homes for displaced children in India


Estate Planning Toolkit

Download our toolkit to help with your estate and gift planning preparation. The Toolkit can help you save money in attorney's fees. New: Toolkit for Canadians now available.


Essentials of Financial & Estate Planning

In this animated short video we explain some basic essentials of financial & estate planning


What is an Endowment?

This 101 second animated video explains the three types of endowments