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This interview with Johnne Syverson explores the current state of the gift annuity marketplace and the surprisingly small number of charities that currently offer them. Is there a better solution for charities?
George A. Huggins and the Conference on Annuities, 1927-1959

Ron Brown discovers surprising historical relationships among life insurance, pensions, and gift annuities in his latest essay. Why did gift annuity contracts aim to provide 70% for charitable services, and just 30% to finance life annuity payments?

George A. Huggins and the Conference on Annuities, 1927-1959
Ron Brown continues his in depth exploration of Gift Annuity history discussing the abuses in the American life insurance industry, regulatory reforms by New York State, and how today's design of planned gift programs was shaped by public policy...
George A. Huggins and the Conference on Annuities, 1927-1959

We continue Ron Brown's exhaustive research on the history of Gift Annuities, now deciphering how the calculations were derived.

Part 4 of Calculating Gifts: George A. Huggins and the Conferences on Annuities, 1927-1959
Contributing author Ron Brown continues with part 4 of his exploration of the history of gift annuities.
Part 3.4: A Gift Annuity Campaign Catches Fire - National Leadership

After its phenomenally successful Annuity Bond campaign captured national attention, the American Bible Society embraced new standards of advertising ethics.  ABS led the first professional association of philanthropic planners for more than six decades.

Part 3.1: A Gift Annuity Campaign Catches Fire - Introduction

Philanthropic planners owe a tremendous debt to the American Bible Society, which captured the attention of the country with its gift annuity campaign in the 1920s, raising millions of dollars for its mission and inspiring many other charities to start life-income...

Part 2: Gift Annuities on the Brink

Part 1 of this series tells of an emergency Conference on Annuities convened on April 29, 1927 to address a looming crisis: too many charitable...

Ten Commercial Immediate Annuity Applications in Gift Planning: A Case Study Approach

Following Part I of Immediate Annuities and Gift Planning, 10 case studies are presented below to illustrate how immediate annuities can provide solutions in unique charitable...

Boring Product, Creative Applications

In Part One of a two part series, annuity expert Bryan Clontz gives a brief education on commercial annuities and charitable gift annuities and provides a comparison of the income tax, cash flow and charitable portions of the annuity transaction.

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Charitable Gift Annuities are one of the fundamental building blocks of a good planned giving program. This article is meant to reinvigorate the conversation about this flexible and powerful planning tool.

11 Aug 2014 | Charitable Gift Annuity | National Publication, Ron Brown | Article | 1 comments
Part 1 of a Series

America fell in love with gift annuities in the 1920s. In their enthusiasm for receiving gifts in exchange for fixed, lifetime payments, too many charities committed avoidable errors. George Huggins proposed a solution based on actuarial science. Over ten...


The first modern gift annuity contract committed Yale to making fixed payments for the unknowable length of a person's life. Attorney Peter Augustus Jay adapted complex ideas drawn from his experience with life insurance, pensions, and banking for charitable...


Artist John Trumbull offered to give his best paintings of the American Revolution to Yale in exchange for "a competent annuity for life." Gift planner Benjamin Silliman devoted 18 months to making this proposed gift a reality. His first challenge was securing...


The Board of Directors of the American Council on Gift Annuities has approved a new schedule of suggested maximum gift annuity rates for gifts established on or after July 1, 2011.

3 May 2010 | Charitable Gift Annuity | National Publication | News story | 3 comments
The American Council on Gift Annuities board of directors held its semi-annual meeting on April 28, 2010. At the meeting the Rates Committee recommended a new schedule of gift annuity rates effective July 1, 2010.
The American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) conducts a survey every five years to learn the state of charitable gift annuity programs in the United States. The 2009 survey is particularly important. Charities rely on the survey results for evaluating their gift...
1 Jul 2009 | Charitable Gift Annuity | National Publication | Case study | 8 comments

It was Will Rogers who once said, "I'm not as interested in return on my principal as I am return of my principal. In this case study, Mr. Braun, an 82-year-old widower who is worried about market volatility, learns how he can transfer...

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Define: Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity is described generally as a transaction in which an individual transfers cash or property to a charitable organization in exchange for the charity's promise to make fixed annuity payments to one or two life annuitants.

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