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Preparing for Tomorrow's Fires, Today
Supplement Your Retirement with a Gift
Charitable Trusts Can Help, Too
Trusts Can Increase Retirement Nest Eggs

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The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

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Supplement Your Retirement with a Gift

Supplement Your Retirement with a Gift
At first it may sound like a contradiction in terms: Supplementing your retirement by giving to the American Red Cross. But that's exactly what many friends of the Red Cross have done over the years, both as retirees and during the years leading up to retirement. Retirees often are interested in receiving "payments they cannot outlive" which is just what a charitable gift annuity with the Red Cross offers. If someone age 78 establishes a gift annuity with $20,000, we will pay that person $1,520 a year (7.6%) for the rest of his or her life, even if they live to 105!

Gift annuities offer a safe way to spend some of your savings not just the interest and improve your living standards. For example, do you have low-paying certificates of deposit that are nearing maturity? Consider converting CD funds to a gift annuity.

Sally, age 76, has a $10,000 CD that is maturing soon. She expects to get 5% interest ($500 annually) on a new CD. Sally also has long thought about making an important gift to the American Red Cross. She decides to transfer the $10,000, at maturity, to a gift annuity that will pay her $720 a year (7.2%) for the rest of her life. About $440 of her payments will be tax free and she will also receive a charitable deduction of about $4,800. We would be pleased to provide you with a personal benefits summary for your own charitable gift annuity. Request an illustration now.

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