Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity

A flexible option to build future income for you or a loved one

How it works

  1. You make a gift of cash or securities to Berkeley.
  2. We pay you — or one or two individuals you name — fixed annuity payments for life, beginning on a specified date in the future.
  3. When the contract ends, Berkeley will use the remainder of the annuity to support the programs you designate.

- Each income beneficiary needs to be at least 65 years old when the annuity is created, with payments starting no earlier than age 70.

How you benefit

  • Receive an income tax charitable deduction at the time of the gift and receive secure lifetime payments backed by a reserve and the general assets of Berkeley.
  • Because payments are deferred until a future date, the annuity rate is higher than it would be with an immediate payment annuity and the income tax charitable deduction is larger.
  • The future start date for payments can be designed to coincide with important life events, e.g., your retirement or a grandchild’s college years.
  • Receive a capital gains tax benefit for gifts of appreciated assets such as stocks/bonds held more than one year.


  • The Secure Act 2.0 effective January 1, 2023 prohibits the one-time IRA qualified charitable distribution (QCD) for deferred payment charitable gift annuities.

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Joan Lam
Joan Lam

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