The new tax law has prompted many articles on a variety of topics. One topic, gifts of non-cash assets, is getting a lot of attention due to the most recent research from Professor Russell James. Professor James’ report, Cash is not King in Fundraising: Results from 1 Million Tax Returns, provides proof of what many fundraisers already know, but often have difficulty communicating or acting on.
It’s simply a matter of supply and demand - when demand outstrips supply, prices rise. That is the state of today’s real estate market in many parts of the country, and therein lies the opportunity for gifts of real estate. According to statistics issued by the National Association of Realtors, in April 2018 the median already-built home price rose 5.3% over the prior year, the 74th straight month there’s been an increase in the price of already-built homes. At the same time, the number of homes for sale fell over the prior year for the 35th consecutive month. In short, supply is limited and demand is outstripping supply, causing prices to rise for already-built homes.
Eight years ago, I wrote a post discussing the role of social media in planned giving based on an interview with Beth Kanter, a leading expert on the use of social media by non-profits. It’s amazing how much and how little has changed in that time. While social media has taken off for outright giving, it remains primarily a vehicle for engagement and stewardship for planned giving.
The American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) just released its new recommended gift annuity rates, effective July 1, 2018. In general, the rates will increase by .3% to .5%. For a look at the rates and PG Calc’s analysis of the change, read our recent blog post. Changes in the ACGA suggested rates, up or down, create the chance for communication with current annuity donors and those considering a gift annuity. The current rate increase certainly offers opportunities for additional annuities from existing annuitants. But more importantly, the rate increase will likely motivate others considering an annuity to make their first gift. This means increased diversification of your pool, thereby reducing your long-term risk.
On May 15, 2018, the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) announced new suggested maximum gift annuity rates to replace the rates that became effective on January 1, 2012. The new rates will apply to gift annuities established on or after July 1, 2018. The new suggested maximum rates are moderately higher than the ones they replace. The new rates were set with the goal of 50% of the funding amount remaining for the charity on average. The rates also ensure a 20% present value and a contribution value of at least 10% of the funding amount at all ages down to an IRS discount rate of 2.8% (as compared to 1.4% under the January 1, 2012 rates). These additional criteria cause the maximum rates suggested for very young ages (under 20) to be lower than they otherwise would be.