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Join the Frank and Nancy Turnage Legacy Society

Frank Turnage, Germanna’s longest-serving president, provided visionary leadership that continues to shape Germanna to this day.

The Turnage Legacy Society honors those individuals who have included Germanna in their estate plans. Your planned gift ensures the college has the resources needed to provide a quality education for future generations.

Types of Planned Giving


The Germanna Community College Educational Foundation can be named as a beneficiary in your will in any one of a number of simple ways. For example, an outright gift – either a designated dollar amount or percentage of your estate — could be specified. Or you may wish to provide for a contingent bequest or remainder interest. You can easily add Germanna to your will through an amendment to your will called a codicil; thus your entire will does not have to be redrafted.

Gifts of Cash

If you itemize, you can lower your income taxes simply by writing us a check. Gifts of cash are fully deductible – up to a maximum in 2020 of 100% of your adjusted gross income. For example, if your adjusted gross income for this year is $50,000, up to $50,000 of charitable gifts may be deducted this year. Any excess can generally be carried forward and deducted over as many as five subsequent years.

Gifts of Life Insurance

A gift of life insurance can provide a significant charitable deduction. You could purchase a new policy or donate a policy that you currently own but no longer need. To receive a deduction, designate Germanna as both the owner and beneficiary of the life insurance policy. Check with your insurance agent for the details.

Gifts of Stock

If you own stock, it is often more tax-wise to contribute stock than cash. This is because a gift of appreciated stock generally offers a two-fold tax saving. First, you avoid paying any capital gains tax on the increase in value of the stock. Second, if you itemize, you receive an income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock.

Example: If you purchased some stock many years ago for only $1,000, and it is now worth $10,000, an outright gift of stock to Germanna would result in a charitable contribution deduction of $10,000. In addition, there is no tax on the $9,000 of appreciation.

Make sure you have owned the stock for a “long-term” period of time (this generally means that you have held the stock for more than one year) to qualify for these significant tax advantages.

Gifts of appreciated stock are fully deductible – up to a maximum of 30% of your adjusted gross income. For example, if your adjusted gross income for this year is $100,000, up to $30,000 of long-term appreciated stock and other property gifts may generally be deducted this year. Any excess can generally be carried forward and deducted over as many as five subsequent years.

Life Income Gifts

Life income gifts allow you to increase your income, receive a charitable contribution deduction, and avoid capital gains taxes. If you own stock which is paying you low dividends, maybe 2% or 3%, a “life-income” gift may be an appropriate gift. You could transfer the stock to Germanna and establish a “charitable remainder unitrust” or “charitable remainder annuity trust” that would provide you with a 5% or greater annual return. This income would be paid to you and/or a loved one for life, after which the assets would be distributed outright to Germanna. Through such an arrangement, you would be increasing your income and making a meaningful (and tax-deductible) contribution to us at the same time.

Example: Suppose Mrs. Jones, age 70, purchased some stock many years ago for $10,000 and the stock is now worth $100,000. But she receives only $2,000 per year in dividends, or a 2% yield. By transferring the stock to a charitable remainder trust and specifying that she wanted a 6% return for life, she could:

  1. Triple her annual income (from $2,000 to $6,000);
  2. Avoid the capital gains taxes she would otherwise incur on a sale of the stock; and
  3. Be entitled to a charitable contribution deduction of approximately $47,000. (The amount of the deduction depends upon the age of the donor, the rate of return specified in the trust, the size of the gift, and other factors.)
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Gifts of Real Estate

A gift of real estate can also be tax-wise. A residence, vacation home, farm, acreage, or vacant lot may have so appreciated in value through the years that its sale would mean a sizeable capital gains tax. By making a gift of this property instead, you would avoid the capital gains tax, and, at the same time, receive a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the property, if you itemize.

It is also possible to make a gift of your home, farm, or vacation home so that you and your spouse can continue to use it for your lifetimes – while you receive a current income tax deduction.

Example: Mr. and Mrs. Smith own a vacation home in the mountains that they would like to continue using. Its fair market value is $100,000. By contributing the home to Germanna now but retaining the exclusive right to use it for the rest of their lifetimes, the Smiths are able to achieve a current income tax charitable contribution deduction of approximately $40,000. (The precise amount will depend upon their ages, the useful life of the house, and other factors.)

Charitable Gift Annuities

A brief guide on how to receive guaranteed income for life.

We will pay you a guaranteed fixed income for life—in return for your charitable gift to us—through a charitable gift annuity. If you are married, your spouse can also be guaranteed the same fixed income for his or her life.

The rate of return you receive depends upon your age (and, if applicable, the age of your spouse) at the time of your gift.  The older you are, the higher the rate of return. You can be assured of receiving the same annual income from us—on a quarterly or other periodic basis—no matter what happens to the stock market or interest rates. And, a portion of each income payment from us will be tax-free!

When you create a charitable gift annuity, you also receive a significant income tax charitable contribution deduction.  There are also capital gains advantages if you fund the annuity with appreciated stock.

Charitable Lead Trusts

Charitable lead trusts are essentially the reverse of the life income gifts described above. The income from the trust is first paid to Germanna; the charity’s interest leads the way (hence the name of the trust). With this trust, you transfer assets to a trustee who makes payments to us for a specified number of years, after which time the assets are transferred to your heirs. The charitable lead trust allows you to pass assets on to your children and grandchildren either completely free or substantially free of all estate and gift taxes. It can make good sense for anyone in the top estate and gift tax brackets.

Contact Us Today

Germanna Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 1430
Locust Grove, Virginia 22508

Mr. Bruce Davis, Germanna Educational Foundation

(540) 295-5421

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This information is necessarily general in nature; you should contact your own attorney, accountant, or other qualified financial and estate planning professional regarding how it relates to your specific situation. We would be pleased to provide you with additional information – at no obligation – on how planned giving can be of benefit in your overall financial or estate plan.

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