Transforming Realty to Gift Reality

Real Estate

Want to make a big gift to the University of Denver without touching your bank account? Consider donating  real estate. Such a generous gift helps us continue our work for years to come. And a gift of real estate also helps you. When you give us appreciated property you have held longer than one year, you qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction. You avoid paying capital gains tax and you no longer have to deal with that property's maintenance costs, property taxes or insurance.

Another benefit: You don't have to hassle with selling the real estate. You can deed the property directly to the University or ask your attorney to add a few sentences in your will or trust agreement.

Ways to Give Real Estate

You can give real estate to the University in the following ways:

+An outright gift

When you make a gift today of real estate you have owned longer than one year, you qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction equal to the property's full fair market value. This deduction lets you reduce the cost of making the gift and frees cash that otherwise would have been used to pay taxes. By donating the property to us, you also eliminate capital gains tax on its appreciation.

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+A gift in your will or living trust

 A gift of real estate through your will or living trust allows you the flexibility to change your mind and the potential to support our work with a larger gift than you could during your lifetime. In as little as one sentence or two, you can ensure that your support for the University continues after your lifetime.

+A retained life estate

Perhaps you like the tax advantages a gift of real estate to our organization would offer, but you want to continue living in your personal residence for your lifetime. You can transfer your personal residence or farm to the University but keep the right to occupy (or rent out) the home for the rest of your life. You continue to pay real estate taxes, maintenance fees and insurance on the property. Even though the University would not actually take possession of the residence until after your lifetime, since your gift cannot be revoked, you qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction for a portion of your home's value.

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+A deferred charitable gift annuity

 Are you tired of the hassles of maintaining your property such as paying taxes, utilities and repair bills? Consider donating the property to the University in exchange for reliable payments for life for you (and someone else, if you choose). When you arrange a charitable gift annuity, you receive a federal income tax charitable deduction in the year you set up the gift annuity when you itemize on your taxes. If you use appreciated real estate to make a gift, you can usually eliminate capital gains tax on a portion of the gift and spread the rest of the gain over your life expectancy. A gift of unmortgaged property to fund a deferred gift annuity is preferable and generates the greatest tax benefit.

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+A bargain sale

Want to sell us your property for less than the fair market value? A "bargain sale" may be the answer. When you make a bargain sale, you sell your property to our organization for less than what it's worth. The difference between the actual value and the sale price is considered a gift to us. A bargain sale can be an effective way to dispose of property that has increased in value, and it is the only gift vehicle that can give you a lump sum of cash and a charitable deduction (when you itemize) at the same time.

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+A charitable remainder unitrust

You can contribute any type of appreciated real estate you've owned for more than one year, provided it's unmortgaged, in exchange for an income stream for life or a term of up to 20 years. The donated property may be a residence (a personal residence must be vacant upon contribution), undeveloped land, a farm or commercial property. Real estate works well with only certain variations of charitable remainder trusts. Your estate planning attorney, who will draft your trust, can give you more details.

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+A charitable lead trust

This gift can be a wonderful way for you to benefit the University and simultaneously transfer appreciated real estate to your family tax-free. You should consider funding the charitable lead trust with real estate that is income-producing and expected to increase in value over the term of the trust.

+A memorial or endowed gift

A gift of real estate may be a perfect way to honor your loved one in perpetuity. When you make an endowed gift of real estate, your contribution is invested with and becomes part of our endowment. An annual distribution is made for the purpose you designate. Because the principal remains intact, the fund will generate support in perpetuity.

Check Out This Potential Scenario

Robby and Barbara Robb with STEM students

The University of Denver's intensified focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education makes perfect sense to Robby Robb, a DU alumnus and former engineer who is also the founding chairman of the board of the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST). This network of charter schools within the Denver Public Schools system focuses on STEM education and aims to prepare kids for college.

Robby (BS '60, MBA '61) knew all about the importance of those fields long before STEM became a buzzword in the world of education.

"If I look at where the United States is, one of the things we are able to do is to create and develop technology and innovation," Robby says. "Engineering, science, medical—all of these areas require the basis you will have with a STEM education."

This year, Robby and his wife, Barbara, did their part to help University of Denver students achieve success in the sciences: They donated appreciated real estate valued at almost $2 million to support scholarships for STEM students at DU.

Read more about the gift from the Robb family.

Next Steps

  1. Contact Jon Kraus at 303.871.4619 or to discuss the possibility of giving real estate to the University.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor to make sure this gift fits your goals.
  3. If you include the University in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: University of Denver (Colorado Seminary)
Address: 2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208
Federal Tax ID Number: 84-0404231

Gifts That Pay

Your payments depend on your age at the time of the donation. If you are younger than 60, we recommend that you learn more about your options and download this FREE guide Deferred Gift Annuities: Plan Now, Benefit Later.

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