Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

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A Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT) is a Planned Giving vehicle defined in §664 of the United States Internal Revenue Code[1] that entails a donor placing a major gift of cash or property into an irrevocable trust. The trust then pays a fixed amount of income each year to the donor or the donor's specified beneficiary. When the donor dies, the remainder of the trust is transferred to the charity.[2]

Charitable trusts such as a CRAT require a trustee. Sometimes the charity is named as trustee, other times it is a third party such as an attorney, a bank or a financial advisor.


  1. ^ "26 U.S. Code § 664 - Charitable remainder trusts". LII / Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  2. ^ "Charitable remainder trusts". Fidelity Charitable. Retrieved 2023-08-03.