Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity

Flexible Gift Annuity

A deferred charitable gift annuity provides fixed payments to you for life in exchange for your gift of cash or securities. The payments start on a date you choose that is at least one year after you make the gift.

Deferred gift annuities are easy to set up, and the payments you receive are backed by the general resources of Pomona College for as long as you live.

A deferred charitable gift annuity could be right for you if:

  • You have sufficient income now but want to supplement your cash flow later, for example, when you retire.
  • You want the security of fixed, dependable payments for life.
  • You want to save income taxes or capital gains taxes.
  • You would like income that may be partially tax-free.
  • You are considering a gift amount of $25,000 or more.

The annuity rates shown are valid for annuities funded by June 30, 2024.  For annuity rates effective July1, 2024, please contact us at 800-761-9899.



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A Simple Contract

A deferred gift annuity is a simple arrangement between you and Pomona College that requires a one or two page agreement. You will incur no costs to establish the arrangement and no costs to maintain it.

Irrevocable Gift

A deferred gift annuity is an irrevocable arrangement. Once you transfer assets in exchange for the deferred gift annuity, you have the right to the payments for the rest of your life beginning on the payment start date, but you cannot change your mind and get the assets back. This requirement assures that whatever is left of your gift when the deferred gift annuity ends will go to support Pomona and its non-profit educational mission.

Fixed Payments for Life, Starting when You Want Them

In exchange for your irrevocable gift of cash, securities, or other assets, Pomona will pay a fixed amount each year for life.

  • You choose when payments start. For example, you can specify that payments start in the year you plan to retire.  For additional flexibility, you can select a flexible deferred gift annuity, which is a further variation that gives you the choice of electing one from several starting dates and payment rates in the future.  
  • Once your payments start, they will last for your lifetime. You cannot outlive your payments.
  • Payments are predictable. Your payments will not be affected by investment performance or market conditions. You will get the same amount each year, no matter what.
  • Payments are very secure. They are backed by the general resources of Pomona College, not just by the assets you donate.

Tax-advantaged Payments

Typically, part of each payment will be tax-free for many years. This tax-free portion makes your payments more valuable than an equal amount of fully taxable income.

Who Can Receive Payments?

You decide who will get the payments from your gift annuity. Usually, this will be you, or you and your spouse. Alternatively, you can select one or two other people to receive the payments from your gift annuity. For example, you may wish to provide income for a child, a sibling, or a faithful employee.

Payment Amount Depends on Age and Years until Payments Start

As shown in the table below, the older you are when you start receiving payments and the longer you wait to start your payments, the greater the payment rate you will receive. If you choose other people to receive the payments from your deferred gift annuity, their ages when they start receiving payments will determine their payment rate.

Sample Deferred Annuity Rates for a $100,000 Gift

Age at GiftYears DeferredPayment RatePaymentDeduction

Tax Benefits

Income Tax Savings

You will earn an immediate income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift, providing tax savings if you itemize. The amount of this deduction will depend on several factors. If you cannot use the entire deduction in one year, you may carry forward your unused deduction for up to five additional years.

Capital Gains Tax Savings

If you give appreciated property, such as stock, to create a deferred gift annuity, you will pay tax on only some of your capital gain in the property. Even better, if you are the payment recipient of your deferred gift annuity, this capital gain will be spread out in installments over many years and won't start until the year you begin to receive payments. In this case, your capital gain income will replace some of the tax-free portion you would receive if you were to give cash.

Estate Tax Savings

By removing the gift assets from your estate, you may also reduce future estate taxes and probate costs. The amount of these savings will depend on the size of your estate and on estate tax law in force at the time your estate is settled.


David Munoz, 72, is semi-retired, but still working part time. He expects to be fully retired in another 5 years or so. He owns CDs and a money market account, both of which pay about 2% interest each year.

David wants to be sure he has adequate cash flow after he fully retires. He can dramatically increase his after-tax cash flow in his retirement by giving some of his CD or money market account funds to Pomona College in exchange for a deferred gift annuity.

The table below illustrates the results if David gives $50,000 to create a deferred gift annuity that starts making payments in 5 years. In addition to earning a substantial income tax charitable deduction, David is able to significantly increase his cash flow from the $50,000, and will receive an immediate income tax deduction that may provide tax savings!

 Tax benefitIncome before taxIncome after tax (37% tax rate)
David keeps $50,000 in CD/Money MarketNone$1,000$630
David funds a 11.6% gift annuity with payments deferred 5 years$20,570* income tax deduction$5,800$4,635

*Deduction amount may vary depending on the timing of the gift.

Did You Know?

IRA Gift Annuity: The Secure 2.0 Act of 2022 created a new option:  a one-time transfer of up to $53,000 directly from an IRA to fund a charitable gift annuity in 2024. Learn more about the IRA Gift Annuity.