Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity (DCGA)

A deferred charitable gift annuity (DCGA) is often the gift of choice when a future guaranteed income is desired. A gift of cash or securities is transferred to Deseret Trust Company in exchange for a contractual life income paid at least annually. The income is guaranteed by the issuing charity. A portion of the gift is invested and used to provide income for life, and the remaining portion qualifies as a present-interest gift to the Marriott School. Part of the annuity income may be received tax free. Any capital gains taxes due on the asset that was exchanged for the annuity are paid over the annuitant’s life expectancy.

The typical donor:

  • Needs future guaranteed income for life
  • Wishes to have a fixed income based on the original value of assets transferred
  • Desires to make a “present gift.”
  • Does not plan to make additional gifts to the annuity
  • Is between the ages of 40 and 60

Gifts features and benefits:

  • Income for life (fixed payments)
  • Donor can select the starting date of the income based on life situation
  • Possibility of one or two income beneficiaries
  • Guaranteed contractual agreement
  • Issued and administrated by Deseret Trust Company

How Do I Make a Gift Using a Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity?


Deferred charitable gift annuities cannot be issued in every state because of differing regulatory requirements. LDS Foundation can advise you regarding availability in your state. The professional staff of LDS Foundation drafts a deferred gift annuity document that names the annuitant and the Marriott School. Once the document is signed by both you and Deseret Trust Company, you transfer cash or marketable securities to Deseret Trust Company. If the asset to be exchanged is marketable securities, contact Deseret Trust Company for information, including its account information at Depository Trust, which your broker will need to complete the transfer of your securities.

Before you begin, be sure your financial and legal advisors are part of your gift strategy team. A deferred charitable gift annuity can have an impact on other parts of your financial and estate plan. The professional staff at LDS Foundation can assist you and your advisors in the completion of your deferred gift annuity documents.

Other Facts You Should Know about a Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity

A deferred charitable gift annuity is a contract between you and Deseret Trust Company. You make a gift to a charity that is legally obligated to pay you, beginning at a future date, a fixed amount of income for your lifetime. The transaction is, in reality, a bargain sale—part sale and part gift—because the value of your gift to the charity exceeds the value of the annuity promised by the charity. The annuity is backed by the general assets of the issuing charity (Deseret Trust Company). The rate you receive for your annuity is structured to provide the Marriott School with a gift amounting to approximately 50 percent of the amount transferred in exchange for the annuity.

When you establish a deferred charitable gift annuity with Deseret Trust Company and are concurrently working with a licensed financial professional, Deseret Trust Company may choose to buy an annuity contract on your life from a commercial insurance company. In that situation, your annuity amount and terms of the agreement remain unaltered.

The Deseret Trust Company adheres to the charitable gift annuity rates established by the American Council on Gift Annuities, a national organization that suggests rates for nonprofit organizations to offer to annuitants. The recommended rates are based on age and are the same for both genders. There can be exceptions to those rates based on extenuating circumstances.