Charitable Remainder Trust


A charitable remainder trust can be a blessing to you and your spouse or other family members. It provides significant tax savings as well as income for you or your family members before finally transferring the property in the trust to your designated WELS ministries when the trust ends. This type of giving instrument is especially helpful for individuals who plan to retire and would like to sell land, stock, or even a business tax-free and receive a generous income.

A charitable remainder trust is created when you transfer cash, securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds), or real estate to WELS Foundation, but keep a specified income interest—usually for life. When the trust ends per your designations, the property in the trust passes to your designated beneficiaries such as your church and/or synod.


  • Gift size: Minimum of $200,000.
  • Irrevocable: Once established, a charitable remainder trust cannot be revoked.
  • Payout rate: Five percent.


  • Lasting legacy: You can create designations that provide for the special needs of your heirs (e.g., college funds). When the trust ends, the balance will be used to continue the Lord’s work in your congregation or synod.
  • Tax savings: You receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction for a portion of the gift amount. Capital gains tax on appreciation is deferred at the time of transfer, leaving the entire value of your assets to generate future income.
  • Payments: You, or those you designate, receive trust payments. These can be a fixed or variable amount.
  • Increased cash flow: By funding your trust with low-paying assets, you might even increase your cash flow by making a gift.
  • Peace of mind: Management of assets by WELS Investment Funds frees you from investment anxiety.
  • Flexibility: You can choose several income beneficiaries and the length of the trust term.

Charitable Remainder Trust FAQs

Your charitable remainder trust is invested in the WELS Balanced Fund. The Balanced Fund seeks long-term capital growth and a low to moderate level of current income. It has a target asset allocation comprised of 60 percent equity and 40 percent fixed income and has a mid- to long-range investment time horizon.

View the latest WELS Balanced Fund Fact sheet

Typically, we will mail your K-1 so you receive it by March 31. Mutual funds are required to provide Form 1099 to investors by February 15, and your K-1 can’t be prepared until after we receive the 1099s from all underlying mutual funds. We will work to get the K-1 to you as soon as possible!

You can! Please contact us at [email protected] or 414-256-3251 and we can assist you in setting that up.

Yes, you can, and in doing so you may qualify for an additional income tax charitable deduction. Contact us at [email protected] or 414-256-3251 to learn more.

Funding Asset:

  • Cash
  • Marketable Securities
  • Illiquid Property (board approval required)

Minimum Initial Gift: $200,000

Annual Administration Fee (processed on a quarterly basis):

  • First $250,000: 1.20%
  • $250,001 to $1,000,000: 1.00%
  • More than $1,000,000: 0.80%

Tax Prep Fee: $500

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The information contained on this website is not intended as legal advice. For legal and tax advice, WELS Foundation encourages you to consult an attorney or tax professional. The figures cited in the examples on this website are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income tax include federal taxes only. Individual state taxes and/or state law may impact your results.