Planned Gifts

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All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have equal opportunity to develop our talent

~ John F. Kennedy


How to Provide a Planned Gift

  • Would you like to make a gift to Turlock Educaiton Foundaiton but need to retain an income for life?
  • Could you use an income tax deduction right now?
  • Are you planning your estate to reduce probate costs and estate taxes?

Listed below are common vehicles for making a planned gift. We recommend that you consult your attorney, tax advisor and financial planner for assistance in making a planned gift.


The easiest way to provide a planned gift to support Turlock Education Foundation is to include a bequest in your will or living trust. You can do this by either drafting a new trust or will or by amending your trust or adding a codicil to an existing will.

Through a bequest, you can make a substantial gift to Turlock Education Foundation, without depleting current assets.

You can designate your gift to support our Musical Instrument Repair and Replacement program, our Classroom Grants program, or our Transportation Grants program.  

Charitable Remainder Unitrusts (CRUTS)

CRUTS pay a return based on a percentage of the principal of the trust as valued each year. A payout rate is determined on the date the gift is made. If the assets are wisely invested and the principal value of the trust goes up, the payout amount goes up, too (and vice versa). You can make additional contributions to a CRUT in later years. If you fund a CRUT with appreciated assets, there will be no capital gains on the sale of that asset, even though you are retaining the income for life. You receive a charitable deduction in the year you create the CRUT. The amount of the deduction is based on several factors including the chosen payout rate and the ages of the income recipients.

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Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts (CRATS)

CRATS pay a fixed dollar amount to the designated income recipients based on a percentage of the initial contribution, chosen on the date the trust is established. Once the payout is established it never changes, no matter what happens to the principal value of the trust. Sales by CRATS of appreciated assets will not be subject to capital gains taxes.
Upon the death of income recipients designated in a CRUT or a CRAT, the remainder of the principal goes to Turlock Education Foundation, and can be used as the donor designates, to fund a particular program or to support the educational work of Turlock Educaiton Foundation.

Charitable Lead Trusts

In a charitable lead trust, the income is paid to Turlock Education Foundation. At a predetermined time, the trust principal remainder is returned either to the grantor or to some other beneficiary. This trust is a creative way to provide a gift right now and still use your assets for your future family needs.

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Life Insurance

If you have a paid-up or partially paid-up life insurance policy that you no longer need, you can give it to Turlock Education Foundation and receive an immediate income tax deduction for the cash value of the policy. Or, you can purchase a new life insurance policy with Turlock Education Foundation as the owner and beneficiary. In this case, all future premiums are tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.
For help making a planned gift, please call (209) 417-5750 or e-mail