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Giving through a charitable lead trust

Make a charity like St. Jude a recipient of a pre-determined amount of income from a charitable lead trust.

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Sculpture on the St. Jude campus

Sculpture on the St. Jude campus


How does a charitable lead trust work?

When you establish a charitable lead trust (CLT), a predetermined amount of the trust’s assets can be given to a charity like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital annually for a set period of time.

Afterward, the remainder of the funds can be transferred to the trust’s non-charitable beneficiaries, such as family members. Setting up a charitable lead trust may reduce or even eliminate gift and estate taxes on trust assets passing to family.

What are the advantages of a charitable lead trust?

  • Setting up a charitable lead trust may reduce or even eliminate gift and estate taxes on trust assets passing to family. This is because the future gift to your loved ones will be valued for gift and estate purposes at the “present value” on the date you establish the trust. If the trust is created when interest rates are low and the trust’s investments perform better than expected, there may be additional assets in the trust that will pass to family members free of estate and gift taxes.
  • You may not be taxed on income earned by the trust. Other tax benefits vary and you should ask your financial advisor for more information.
  • St. Jude or other favorite charities can benefit from receiving annual distributions from the trust and you can see the impact of your gifts.
St. Jude patient Maelin-Kate

St. Jude patient Maelin-Kate

Celebrations at St. Jude

St. Jude patient Lily celebrates at her No More Chemo party after completing chemotherapy at St. Jude.


Have you left St. Jude in your estate plans?

We want to honor your generosity in a special way. Please let us know so that we can show our gratitude and better plan for the future.


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A charitable lead trust might be right for you if:

  • You have a large estate that would be subject to gift and estate tax.
  • You have assets that you want to keep in the family and that have a likelihood of significant appreciation in the future.
  • You want to make significant annual gifts while you are living to a charity that is important to you, and also pass assets to beneficiaries at a potentially lower gift or estate tax cost.

ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice.  This material is prepared and made available to you for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide or be relied upon for tax, legal or accounting advice.  You should always consult a tax professional to determine your particular tax benefits that may result from any particular type of gift to charity.


Why St. Jude?

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Families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food so they can focus on helping their child live.

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When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was considered incurable. Since then, St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate from 20% to more than 80%, and we won't stop until no child dies from cancer.

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Every child deserves a chance to live their best life and celebrate every moment. When you support St. Jude, you help give kids with cancer around the world that chance. Together, we can save more lives.


Please use the following legal name and tax identification:


ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105


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We are a tax-exempt, charitable institution listed in the Federal Internal Revenue Service Publication #78, "Cumulative List of Organizations," revised IRS Code 501(c)(3).


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