Charitable Trust Solutions Program

The Challenge

Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Lead Trusts are wonderful financial and estate planning tools (created by Congress in the 1969 Tax Reform Act) that can help donors achieve their own personal financial and estate planning objectives for themselves and their families,while at the same time allowing them a way to leave a legacy and a lasting impact to benefit their favorite nonprofits.)

Unfortunately, most nonprofits are unable to provide the financial, legal and technical guidance to help the donor properly implement these types of trusts in a way as to efficiently fit into the donor’s overall financial and estate plan. Furthermore, regulations limit how much nonprofits may assist the donor in those areas. Often, a donor’s professional advisors may lack the knowledge, training, and experience and sometimes motivation to assist the donor in using these intricate trust vehicles for accomplishing his/her charitable legacy objectives. 

The Solution

The Charitable Trust Solutions Program has been created to help your nonprofit staff address these challenges. This turnkey program includes customized charitable trust design services based on the individual donor’s situation and objectives, full administration and tax reporting, Charitable Remainder Trust or Charitable Lead Trust illustrations powered by Crescendo Interactive (if needed), full-service investment management of the trust assets and ongoing updates and servicing.

Program Partners

Charitable Giving Resources Center (CGRC) – A resource center and consultant for nonprofits, CGRC will coordinate and manage the turnkey Charitable Trust Solutions program for nonprofits.

Syverson Strege* (SS)
 – A fee-only financial firm, SS has over 60 years of cumulative experience in charitable trust design and implementation. They often work together in collaboration with the donor’s own professional advisors to meet the goals of the donor.  As a fee-only Registered Investment Advisor, SS provides the investment management services for the trust using institutional investment management techniques specifically designed for charitable trusts on a fee basis with no commissions.

Renaissance Administration, LLC
 – Renaissance is the largest independent charitable gift services provider in North America. They will administer the technical aspects of the trusts each year for the donors who can act as their own trustee. They currently support over $5 billion of charitable planned gift assets under administration and 12,170 gift instruments. Their team has over 680 years of charitable gift experience. 

Legal Help – In cases where legal expertise is needed, our strategic alliance with various legal professionals allows us to connect donors with qualified attorneys to help prepare the trust documents to meet their objectives.


Charitable Remainder Trusts

  • Can be used to sell appreciated assets and avoid recognition of capital gain on lump sum upon sale leaving more principal to invest to produce income for the donor
  • Often used by business owners upon sale of their business,or by real estate investors when their properties are liquidated.
  • Creates a supplemental tax favored “charitable retirement plan” option when traditional retirement plan contribution levels are reached by high income donors.
  • Provides donor with tax-favored retirement income for life.
  • Trust assets are not included in donor’s taxable estate at death.
  • Trust assets are not subject to claims of donor’s creditors in a lawsuit.

Charitable Lead Trusts

  • Can be used to offset large taxable income after the sale of an appreciated asset.
  • Can be used to offset tax burden upon receipt of a large taxable payment in one year, e.g. Deferred Compensation Plan payouts.
  • Allows donor to transfer substantial assets to next generation during life without gift tax, or at death without estate tax.

Contact Us

If you have a donor who might benefit from a Charitable Remainder or Charitable Lead Trust, please contact us.

For further information please contact Johnne Syverson at 515-277-4050 or email him at:

Charitable Giving Resource Center
4125 Westown Parkway, Suite 104
West Des Moines, IA  50266

*Syverson Strege is an independent Registered Investment Advisor regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and is not affiliated with any bank, stock brokerage firm or insurance company. They receive no sales commissions and act as a fiduciary directly for the donor/trustee of a custom designed charitable trust.