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Planned Giving

Planned Giving

Thank you so much for your interest in learning about the many benefits of gift plans. Planned giving allows you to make a donation to the AETN Foundation that is mutually beneficial – it ensures good stewardship of your assets by increasing benefits for yourself and for your family while supporting quality educational programs and services at AETN that change lives!

Planned gifts generously given to the AETN Foundation are placed into our General Endowment unless directed differently by the donor(s). Earnings generated from investments are also used to grow the Endowment. This fund exists to help cover cost increases for purchasing national programs, to help fund local program production, and to help fund the expansion of new program and service ventures, while safeguarding against any potential decrease in operating funds.

If you have any questions, please call 1-800-662-2386. A member of our AETN Foundation team will be happy to help you.



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What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?

What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?
Michael and Kelly were retired engineers with two adult children. They owned a home, some stocks, and IRAs. They met with their financial advisor to discuss a plan to provide for their family and for some of their favorite charities.

Kelly: We both had a lot of money in our IRAs, more than we could ever use. We wondered if we could pass this on to our children.

Michael: Our advisor explained the problem with giving our retirement savings to our family. He said a majority of the gift would be taxed. We didn't want our children paying any more in taxes than they already pay.

To alleviate their concerns, Michael and Kelly's advisor created a plan that stipulated their stocks and home would go to the children. He then recommended a bequest of the retirement assets be left to their favorite charities. These charitable organizations could then receive all the assets from Michael and Kelly's IRAs tax-free, allowing them to use the funds to further their missions.

Michael: It was easy to make bequests from our IRAs to our favorite charities. We filled out the online forms on our custodian's website that permitted us to allocate percentage shares to charitable causes.

Kelly: This plan met all of our goals. We liked the fact that our children could immediately sell the house and stocks with little or no tax due. We were also happy to help some worthy organizations continue their good work.

Is a gift of an IRA to charity right for you?


Your retirement plan is probably among your most valuable assets. While the retirement asset is a great asset for you, it may not be the best asset to leave to children. If you have a taxable estate, your IRA or 401(k) plan will be subject to the estate tax, and any distributions to children will also be subject to income tax. That is why many tax planners suggest leaving retirement plans to charity. This gift will produce an estate tax deduction and the charity will not have to pay the income tax on the gift.

If you are in the process of determining which assets are "good" assets to leave to charity and which assets might be "good" to leave to family, please give us a call. We can help you with estate planning strategies that will reduce your taxes and allow you to maximize the gifts you leave to family and charity.

*Please note: The names and image above are representative of a typical donor and may or may not be an actual donor to our organization.


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