Giving Through Living Trusts
General Tax Information

Charitable gifts of cash and “cash equivalents” may be deducted in one year up to 50 percent of a giver’s adjusted gross income. The limit is generally 30 percent of adjusted gross income for gifts of long-term appreciated property.
Gift amounts in excess of these limits may be deducted in as many as five succeeding tax years. See Internal Revenue Code section 170(d)(1)(A).

Advantages of Living Trusts in Estate Plans

Over the years, many individuals have established revocable living trusts as part of their overall estate planning. The benefits sought in creating such a trust may be to:

  1. Bypass estate administration (“probate”), although estate administration is less costly and less time-consuming in some states than in others.
  2. Preview a trustee’s performance.
  3. Shift, without losing control over, investment decisions.
  4. Provide a convenient way to manage assets in the event of incapacity.
  5. Obtain privacy in regard to one’s estate plan, although the trust agreement generally will have to be recorded and will then become a matter of public record if the trust contains real estate.

For the charitably motivated individual who sets up a revocable living trust, giving to a favorite nonprofit organization through the trust can be a convenient way to provide for charitable interests.

Please don’t forget to use our charity’s correct details (name, EIN)
Legal Name: Romanian League in Defense of Animals
Current address: PO Box 4674 Crofton MD 21114
Tax ID# 32-0176929
Romanian League in Defense of Animals is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit.
Observation: For Outside of the US
Canadians leaving a planned gift to ROLDA will use the same information as members in the U.S. for the Legal Language and Tax ID in a will and other gifts such as bank accounts, insurance policies, etc. If you are interested in naming ROLDA USA in your will or estate plan, or if you require additional information from ROLDA team, please contact Mary Frances at 917-854-6580 or email her at

Charitable Gifts from Living Trusts

Donations can be made from a revocable living trust during the settler*’s life or after death.

Gifts during the settlor’s life: If the settlor of a revocable living trust wishes to use assets held in the trust to make charitable gifts, a threshold question is whether the trustee is authorized to transfer the assets directly to charity.

Gifts made out of the revocable living trust at the settlor’s demise: Amounts left to charity from a revocable living trust at the settlor’s death generally qualify for the federal estate tax charitable deduction under IRC section 2055, because the amounts are included in the settlor’s gross estate and are considered to be transferred to charity by the settlor.

Note*: Settlor = grantor = trustor = refers to the same person.

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