Your life insurance may have a new purpose to serve
You may have purchased a life insurance policy years ago when you wanted to protect your family from financial hardship in case of your untimely passing. Now that your children are grown and independent, your mortgage is paid off, and you have accumulated sufficient assets in your estate to pass on to your family, you may no longer need your life insurance policy for its financial protection.
If this is your situation, consider making a gift of your life insurance policy to Sigma Chi Foundation. The value of your policy can provide generous support to our mission without affecting your cash flow.
Give a paid-up life insurance policy
A paid-up life insurance policy is a policy that will stay in force without any additional premium payments. A paid-up life insurance policy is a valuable asset and makes an excellent gift.
When you give your paid-up insurance policy to us, we will either cash in the policy immediately and use the proceeds, or maintain the policy until maturity and receive the death benefit of the policy.
Because this kind of gift is irrevocable, you will receive an income tax charitable deduction for the value of your gift at the time you transfer your policy to us, providing tax savings if you itemize. You will also remove your insurance from your estate, potentially saving estate taxes, as well.
In order to make your gift, you must assign Sigma Chi Foundation all ownership rights to your policy and make Sigma Chi Foundation the irrevocable designated beneficiary of the policy. Usually this can be accomplished by completing a simple form from your insurance provider. Be sure to identify us as: Sigma Chi Foundation, 1714 Hinman Ave, Evanston, Ill. 60201-4576, Federal Tax Identification Number: 36-2208386
Make Sigma Chi Foundation a designated beneficiary of your policy
Another great way to make a gift to us with your life insurance policy is to make Sigma Chi Foundation a designated beneficiary of your policy. When your insurance reaches maturity, we will receive the amount or proportion you designate. You can change your designation at any time, giving you the flexibility to revise your gift for any reason.
Because your gift is revocable, you do not receive an income tax charitable deduction at the time you create the designation. Rather, your estate will receive an estate tax deduction for the amount your insurance policy distributes to us if your estate is subject to tax.
It is very easy to make Sigma Chi Foundation a designated beneficiary of your life insurance policy. Simply contact your insurance agent to make a change on your policy's beneficiary designation form. Be sure to identify us as: Sigma Chi Foundation, 1714 Hinman Ave, Evanston, Ill. 60201-4576, Federal Tax Identification Number: 36-2208386
Loan against policy will create taxable income
If you give a life insurance policy on which you have an outstanding unpaid loan, you will be considered to have sold your policy for the amount of the unpaid loan. As a result, you will have to declare a portion of the loan as taxable income. You may want to pay off your loan prior to making your gift in this case.
If you plan to designate Sigma Chi Foundation as a revocable beneficiary of your policy, the existence of an unpaid loan against your policy will not affect your tax picture.
A few states will not allow you to give life insurance to a charity
For your gift of life insurance to be valid, your state of residence must consider a charity to have an "insurable interest" in your policy. Most states do, but verify that this is true in your state before you make your gift.
Theo Moran bought a $250,000 life insurance policy on his own life shortly after the birth of the first of his four children. His policy has been paid-up for years and his children, who are now in their 40s and 50s, no longer need the financial protection the policy provides. The cash value of his policy is now over $90,000, and he's paid $75,000 in premiums.
Moran has enjoyed a relationship of many years with Sigma Chi Foundation, and would like to honor their relationship with a significant gift. However, he has been reluctant to use his liquid assets to make the gift. When Moran learns that his policy can be put to a new and productive use, he is delighted. He arranges with his insurance agent to donate his policy.
- Theo’s gift will entitle her to an income tax charitable deduction that could save income taxes if she itemizes. The terms of the insurance policy and applicable tax law will determine the size of her deduction. In this example, the likely deduction is $90,000 but Theo would need a qualified independent appraisal to document her deduction.
- His $250,000 death benefit will not be included in his estate.
- He has the satisfaction of making a generous gift to Sigma Chi Foundation without reducing his income level.
- As the policy owner, Sigma Chi Foundation can either cash in the policy and have over $90,000 to work with immediately, or hold the policy and receive $250,000 as a legacy gift from Moran.