The Texas A&M Foundation accepts multiple types of property for the benefit of Texas A&M, including residential, commercial, farm and ranch land, forest land, and oil and gas interests.

We evaluate all potential gifts of real estate for marketability and potential environmental concerns and ask donors to supply detailed information on the property before accepting the gift.

When you donate property, you can receive financial benefits and know that you’ve made a difference for Texas A&M. Leaving property to heirs can create an estate tax liability and could force the sale of other assets that might otherwise appreciate. By donating property, you avoid these liabilities and hassles. Most importantly, you avoid capital gains taxes so that more of the proceeds can fund your legacy at Texas A&M.

There are four different ways you can give property to the Foundation:

1. Outright Gift

An outright gift of property is the fastest real estate gift you can make to impact Texas A&M. For properties you’ve held for more than one year, immediate benefits include:

  • A charitable income tax deduction for the property’s full fair market value as substantiated by a qualified appraisal.
  • Avoidance of capital gains taxes on the property’s appreciation.
  • Bypassing the hassle of selling the property.
  • Eliminating the burdens of property ownership, such as insurance costs, property taxes, rent collection and maintenance.
  • A reduction of your taxable estate.
“The concept of giving real estate was so viable to us because it gave us the best opportunity to accomplish our goals for Texas A&M.”
– Elizabeth and Paul “Haskell” Motheral ’52

Elizabeth and Paul “Haskell” Motheral ’52 made an outright gift of property to support the John D. White ’70 – Robert L. Walker ’58 Music Activities Center at Texas A&M. Read more.


2. Bequest

Gifts by will or living trust are a popular and flexible way to make an investment in the future of Texas A&M. You might consider a bequest if you would like to continue enjoying ownership of your property during your lifetime and reduce your estate-tax liability. Benefits include:

  • Reduced estate-tax liability since you remove the property from your estate.
  • Continued ownership so that you can enjoy your property during your lifetime.
  • Flexibility, as bequests can be easily created or changed at any time.

Missy and Skooter Halamicek gifted their cabin and 90 acres of land in Gonzales, Texas, to the Texas A&M Foundation through a simple bequest. Read more.

“We worked really hard for our home and when we’re gone, we want it to be used for something special and meaningful. When we set up our will provision, it was very simple and easy to do. This is probably one of the best things we’ve done since being married.”
– Missy and Skooter Halamicek

3. Charitable Remainder Unitrust

With a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT), you can use your property to create a trust that will eventually benefit Texas A&M. The trust provides you and/or your beneficiaries payments during your lifetime(s). Once your unmortgaged property is transferred to the trust, the trustee sells the property and invests the proceeds. The invested proceeds provide you or any recipient you name with payments for life or any length of time up to 20 years.

Tax law requires annual distributions to the income beneficiary of a CRUT equal to a minimum of 5% of the trust value. When the trust ends, the Foundation receives the proceeds and works in accordance with the terms of your gift agreement to impact Texas A&M. Benefits include:

  • Payments for life.
  • An immediate charitable income-tax deduction.
  • Avoidance of up-front capital gains taxes.
  • Eliminating the burdens of property ownership, such as insurance costs, property taxes, rent collection and maintenance.
     
“We started looking at ways to simplify our lives, and one of those opportunities was to sell our ranch. Our charitable remainder unitrust met our goal of downsizing, eliminating tax burdens and making an impact at Texas A&M.”
– Sandy and Les Pittman ’74

Sandy and Les Pittman ’74 used a portion of their ranch to fund a charitable remainder unitrust, which will provide them a stream of income and ultimately support Texas A&M. Read more.




4. Retained Life Estate

A retained life estate allows you to make a lasting contribution and enjoy significant tax advantages, all while maintaining your current lifestyle. With this method, you can gift property to the Foundation and retain the right for you and/or a designated beneficiary to live on the property during your lifetime or that of your beneficiary—and still receive a charitable income tax deduction. While you deed the home or property to the Foundation now, the Foundation will not take possession of the house until after your lifetime or that of your beneficiary.

This arrangement can be made with any personal residence, vacation home, farm, ranch or timberland. You will still be responsible for property maintenance, insurance and taxes, but you receive any income generated from your property, including rent. You can also move out permanently at any time. If at some point you wish to terminate the life estate prematurely, there are three resulting options: You can contribute the remainder interest and qualify for an additional charitable income tax deduction; transform the property into an income-producing property and receive the income; or share in the proceeds of the property’s sale. Benefits of a retained life estate include:

  • An immediate charitable income-tax deduction because the gift is irrevocable.
  • Reduced estate-tax liability since you remove the value of the gift from your taxable estate.
  • Lifetime use of residence or farm/ranch.

Kay and Charlie Pence ’51 are utilizing proceeds from the sale of their family ranch in Comfort, Texas, to support the Corps of Cadets and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Read more.

“We realized we could donate our ranch, but still enjoy the beauty of it. The option was so flexible: It gives us the opportunity to retain our home while we're alive and designate our funds to programs we’re passionate about, while letting Texas A&M know that we are committed to giving back.”
— Kay and Charlie Pence ’51

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