A charitable gift annuity provides fixed payments for life in exchange for a gift of cash or securities to Georgetown Day School. Gift annuities are easy to set up and the payments you receive are backed by the general resources of Georgetown Day School.   

charitable gift annuity could be right for you if:

  • You want to maintain or increase your cash flow.
  • You want the security of fixed, dependable payments for life.
  • You want to save income taxes or capital gains taxes.
  • You would like income that is partially tax-free.
  • You want to make a generous gift to GDS.
  • You are considering a gift amount of $10,000 or more.
  • You are at least 65 years of age.

A simple contract
A charitable gift annuity is a one or two page arrangement between you and Georgetown Day School. You will incur minimal or no costs to establish the arrangement and no costs at all to maintain it.  

Irrevocable gift 
A charitable gift annuity is an irrevocable arrangement. Once you transfer assets in exchange for the gift annuity, you cannot change your mind and get the assets back. This requirement ensures that whatever is left of your gift when the gift annuity ends will be used to support GDS.

Fixed payments for life
In exchange for your gift of cash or securities, GDS will pay you a fixed amount each year for life. The amount of the payment depends on the amount donated and the age of the payment recipient.  

  1. Payments last for your lifetime. You cannot outlive your payments.
  2. Your payments will not be affected by investment performance or market conditions. You will get the same amount each year. 
  3. Payments are secure. They are backed by Georgetown Day School.

Who can receive payments?
You decide who will get the payments from your gift annuity. Usually, this will be you, or you and your spouse. Alternatively, you can select one or two other people to receive payments.  

Payout rate depends on age
The older you are when you make your gift, the higher the payment rate you will receive. If you choose other people to receive the payments from your gift annuity, their ages at the time of your gift will determine their payment rate. Our minimum age for a payment recipient is 65.

Sample Annuity Rates for Gift Amount of $10,000

Age Payment Rate Annual Annuity Amount Deduction





















Income Tax Deduction
You are eligible for an income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift, providing tax savings if you itemize. The amount of the deduction depends on several factors. If you cannot use the entire deduction that year, you may carry forward your unused deduction for up to five additional years.  

Tax-advantaged payments
Part of each payment typically will be tax-free for many years. This tax-free portion makes the payments more valuable than an equal amount of fully taxable income. The amount of this tax-free portion will be greater if you give cash than appreciated securities.

If you give appreciated securities to create a gift annuity, you will pay tax on only a portion of your capital gain in the property. Even better, if you are the annuitant, you will be able to report this capital gain in installments over many years. In this case, your capital gain income will replace some of the tax-free portion you would receive if you were to give cash.

By removing the gift assets from your estate, you may also reduce future estate taxes and probate costs. The amount of these savings will depend on the size of your estate and on estate tax law in force at the time your estate is settled.

Assets to consider
Cash currently held in a savings account, bank CD, or money-market fund makes an excellent funding asset. Appreciated securities are also an excellent funding asset. Giving them to GDS in exchange for a gift annuity allows you to unlock their value to generally increase your cash flow and avoid substantial capital gains tax at the same time.


Belinda Nelson, a 71 year-old widow, is the grandmother of a current student. She would like to make a significant gift to Georgetown Day School, but she is dependent on the income produced by her investments. One of these investments is stock in XYZ Widget Corporation that she and her late husband purchased many years ago for $3,000.

Her stock is now worth $10,000 but provides little income - about $126 after tax. Belinda is reluctant to sell her XYZ Widget stock to reinvest in higher yielding assets because she will have to pay $1,400 in capital gains tax. This would leave her with just $8,600 to reinvest.

Belinda is pleased to learn that she can make a significant gift to GDS and increase her cash flow by giving her stock in exchange for a gift annuity. She can also save substantial income taxes plus avoid and defer capital gains taxes, and may receive an income tax deduction.

  Tax result Cash flow before tax Cash flow
after tax
(37​% tax rate)

Belinda keeps her stock




Belinda sells and reinvests for 5% yield

Owes $1,400 capital gains tax



Belinda funds a 6.0% gift annuity

$4,469* income tax deduction
Avoid tax on $3,129* of capital gain



*Deduction amount and capital gains tax avoided may vary depending on the timing of the gift.