Beneficiary Designations

With a charitable beneficiary designation, you can make a simple future gift that costs you nothing today.

Creating a gift that you can change if you need to is a comfortable, powerful way to make a meaningful gift while keeping control of the gift property for life. The following assets can pass directly by beneficiary designation and not under your will:

  • Life insurance policies
  • IRAs and other retirement accounts
  • Donor-advised funds (allowable for some DAFs, but not all)
  • Bank accounts (through a payable-on-death or POD designation)
  • Stock and mutual fund shares (through a transfer-on-death or TOD designation)
  • Real estate (through a transfer-on-death or TOD designation, allowable in more than half of US states)

A charitable beneficiary designation works like this:

  • You name Intermountain Foundation to receive the remaining assets or proceeds when you pass. You can do this when you purchase the asset or set up the fund or account, or, in the future, you can use a Change of Beneficiary form to identify or change your beneficiaries.
  • You can name us as the sole beneficiary, a percentage beneficiary (along with one or more heirs or other charitable beneficiaries), or a contingent beneficiary (to receive the assets only if the primary beneficiary cannot).
  • We have no rights to the asset/fund/account during your lifetime—we will only receive assets when you pass.
  • The beneficiary designation is revocable, meaning you can remove or change it at any point during your life.
  • Some financial and real estate assets can pass directly to a beneficiary using a payable-on-death (POD) or transfer-on-death (TOD) designation.
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Your will controls most property, but not all.

If you would like to make a similarly easy, flexible, revocable gift of other assets not named here, consider making a gift in your will.

Evaluate the fit.

A charitable beneficiary designation may be a particularly good option to consider if you:

  • Want to make a substantial gift but don’t want to commit the assets right now
  • Want the ability to continue to use the assets during your life
  • Want the peace of mind that comes from knowing you can change the size of the gift (or revoke your gift) if your needs or goals change
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See how it works.

Years ago, when David’s wife died, he filed a Change of Beneficiary form on his life insurance policy, making his two grown children the primary beneficiaries and Intermountain Foundation a contingent beneficiary (to receive the proceeds only if his children could not). Now, both children are married with families of their own and are doing well financially. David plans to leave other assets to them and makes Intermountain Foundation the sole beneficiary of his life insurance policy. This allows him to meet his charitable goals while still retaining all his assets for use during retirement. In addition, he knows that if his situation changes, he can easily make another beneficiary change.

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Carla adds a POD designation to her checking account and names Intermountain Foundation as the beneficiary. She retains complete control of the account and can change the beneficiary designation again at any time during her life. While the FDIC insures her other accounts and CDs at the same bank for a combined total of $250,000, her POD account has its own $250,000 coverage. At Carla’s death, we must provide a certified copy of her death certificate to claim the money that remains in the account, which will then pass directly from the bank to us without going through probate.

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Consider your timing.

Because no charitable deduction is available for this type of future gift, you can create or change a charitable beneficiary designation at any time that works for you.

We can help.

We can answer any questions you may have about this gift option. If you have already named us as the beneficiary of an asset or account, please let us know.

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Colin Ware, CFRE  MBA
Foundation Gift Planning Officer
Intermountain Foundation

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