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Consider a Donation of Retirement Assets

Retirement plan assets are a great way to support the work at Iowa State University because they not only help support our students and programs, but they also can provide tax relief for your loved ones.

Money in an employee retirement plan, IRA or tax-sheltered annuity may be subject to federal and state estate taxes. In addition, each of these plans contains income that has yet to be taxed. When a distribution is made from your retirement plan account to a beneficiary, that person will owe federal income tax in addition to applicable state income taxes.

Consider leaving your loved ones less heavily taxed assets and leaving your retirement plan assets to Iowa State University to support excellence in education. As a nonprofit organization, we are tax-exempt and will receive the full amount of what you designate to us from your plan. You can take advantage of this gift opportunity in the following ways:

Name us a beneficiary of your plan. This requires you to update your beneficiary designation form through your plan administrator. Here you can designate Iowa State University as the primary beneficiary for a percentage or specific amount. You can also make us the contingent beneficiary so that we will receive the balance of your plan only if your primary beneficiary doesn't survive you.

With the IRA Charitable Rollover, if you are 70½ years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to help those we serve and receive tax benefits in return. You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as Iowa State University without having to pay income taxes on the money.

Fund a testamentary charitable remainder trust. When you fund a charitable remainder trust with your heavily taxed retirement plan assets, the trust will receive the proceeds of your plan. The trust typically pays income to one or more named beneficiaries for life or for a set term of up to 20 years, after which the remaining assets in the trust would go to support Iowa State University. This gift provides excellent tax and income benefits for you while supporting your family and our work.

A donor advised fund. When retirement plan assets pass to your heirs, they can be subject to federal income and estate taxes. This combined income and estate tax burden can be substantial, greatly reducing the value of the intended gift. Instead, you can designate your donor advised fund as the beneficiary of all or a portion of your retirement plan assets. Your fund receives the full amount of the gift and bypasses any federal taxes.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact the office of gift planning at 800.621.8515 or giftplanning@foundation.iastate.edu for additional information.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include Iowa State in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: The Iowa State University Foundation
Address: Ames, Iowa
Federal Tax ID Number: 42-1143702