Leaving a legacy by giving it all away

by NCF staff  |  April 25, 2017  |   Category: Resources
What will your family legacy be? That is the question that David Green, NCF giver and founder of Hobby Lobby, has considered very carefully over the course of his life. In his new book, Giving It All Away, David recounts his struggles and ... read full post
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My father always told me growing up that real estate is the best investment. Even if your investment doesn’t pay off, at least you have something to show for it! I have found in my law practice, and working at NCF, that real estate donations are some of the best charitable gifts to maximize tax savings and increase dollars to ministry and non-profits.

There are several strategies that you can utilize when gifting real estate to charity. The first is the easiest; giving property before it sells. By gifting property to a charitable organization before it is sold, the donor will experience two tremendous tax benefits:

  • An income tax deduction equivalent to the fair market value of the real estate. A taxpayer in the U.S. may deduct up to 30% of their AGI every year in non-cash assets and carry forward any remaining deduction up to five years after the gift. Most individuals, and companies, do not take advantage of this charitable deduction. 
  • Gifted real estate will avoid capital gains when sold the by the charity. Tax exempt organizations generally do not pay long-term capital gains tax, thus another tax avoided by the taxpayer.

The next strategy is slightly more complex, but pays huge dividends! Donated income producing commercial real estate can be held long-term by National Christian Foundation. This can be anything from a commercial office building to a rental house or even farmland. By donating the real estate to be held long-term (i.e. no anticipated sale of the property) the donor will still take a fair market value income tax deduction at the time of donation (again 30% AGI limitations typically). In addition, the donor avoids capital gains at a sale. There are a few more unique benefits as well:

  • Passive rental income flows tax-free to the donor advised fund and is available for gifts to charity. Plus, the income does not have to be realized. This lowers the overall taxable income of the donor and provides an ongoing source of charitable dollars.
  • This can be a great way to transition income producing property to children, partners or key employees. The employees can purchase the property from NCF on a note, and income from the property can be used to make the note payments. Thus, transferring property tax-free and without a large investment of cash upfront.

Real estate gifts are wonderful for both the donor and the charity. Check out the Heise’s story on how God increased the value of their real estate gift and multiplied their giving. What if you could help your clients do the same thing through NCF?


Turning Real Estate into Real Hope


  • How to maximize your client's tax savings by giving appreciated real estate before the sale
  • How income-producing real estate can become a philanthropic investment 
  • Practical examples of how clients have benefited from giving real estate donations including farm land, office buildings, and an entire university campus

Date: Tuesday, April 11th

Time: 9am-9:30am


“We are put on this earth to give, to devote ourselves to a radical brand of generosity that changes lives and leaves a legacy.”
That memorable quote is from David Green, CEO and founder of Hobby Lobby. His book, Giving It All Away … And Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously, is rightly being hailed as the latest authority on legacy and generosity.
Listed among Forbes 100 richest in America, Green goes beyond explaining how to strategically pass on a legacy to future generations. He shares the secrets to building a successful company from scratch, honoring God with everything you have, and finding joy through giving. With a behind-the-scenes look at their 2014 Supreme Court case, Green shares how he found peace amidst hard times.

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Did you know that NCF is the 9th largest charity in the country? As a result, we have over 15,000 active giving funds nationwide. Many use their giving fund ... read full post
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