Legacy Planning

How to Leave a Legacy to Radiant Health Centers

We are often approached on different ways supporters can give to Radiant Health Centers. One meaningful way is through legacy planning within your estate plan. In most cases, the most generous gift you can make to Radiant Health Centers is ensured by naming us as a beneficiary of your gross estate and/or as a remainderman (receiving the remainder of your estate after all other bequests have been provided). We have found that this is a great way donors are able to express the impact Radiant Health Centers has on their lives. It has been an integral part of our funding through the years.

Here are the answers to Frequently Asked Questions on how you can give a legacy gift to Radiant Health Centers. These answers are merely for guidance. We are always happy speak to you to help develop your unique method to give to Radiant Health Centers.

We recommend that you consult an estate planning professional who can evaluate your individual circumstances and create a plan that is appropriate to you. We are more than happy to discuss your planned giving or guide you to a qualified estate planning professional. Please contact Chris Bragg, Chief Development Officer, at 949.809.8760 or cbragg@radianthealthcenters.org for more information.

Remember Radiant Health Centers in your will

One of the simplest ways to support Radiant Health Centers is to remember us in your will.

How do you leave Radiant Health Centers a bequest?

An individual may include Radiant Health Centers as a beneficiary of a percentage of your estate, a set dollar amount or of a particular asset.  You should note that for these bequests, your estate will receive an estate tax deduction for the full value of your bequest to Radiant Health Centers.

How do I add Radiant Health Centers to my estate plan?

It’s pretty easy – the detailed designation is:

Radiant Health Centers
17982 Sky Park Circle, Suite J
Irvine, CA 92614-6482

Planning Through Beneficiary Designations

There are other ways to make an estate gift to Radiant Health Centers besides a gift through your will. These include assets in living trusts, qualified retirement plans, and the proceeds from life insurance policies.  You may name Radiant Health Centers as a beneficiary of any of these assets or as a contingent beneficiary in the event that the primary beneficiary is no longer living at the time of your death.

Living Trusts

Some people establish living trusts to provide for the current management of assets or for the future management of assets in the event they become incapacitated. Radiant Health Centers may be named beneficiary of your living trust.

IRA, KEOGH, 401(k), and Other Qualified Retirement Plans

Naming Radiant Health Centers as a beneficiary of assets remaining in your qualified retirement plans after your lifetime is considered particularly wise tax planning.  This is because retirement plans left to individuals, other than a spouse, are taxed more heavily than most other assets.  However, estate taxes and income taxes are avoided if a charity, such as Radiant Health Centers, is named as a beneficiary.  Radiant Health Centers generally will receive 100 percent of your plan assets.

Life Insurance Policies

Designating Radiant Health Centers as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy is a simple and commonly used way to leave a legacy and take advantage of tax benefits.  While life insurance is not taxable for income tax purposes, it is taxable for the estate tax calculation.  A gift to Radiant Health Centers alleviates this tax burden.

  • Individual policies: There are two methods to using individual policies. The first way is to name Radiant Health Centers as the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy. In this method, you will receive an immediate income tax deduction for the lesser of your cost basis or the current value of a policy. The second method is to simply name Radiant Health Centers as the beneficiary of your policy.
  • Group policies: You may also designate Radiant Health Centers the beneficiary of your group policy.

Gifts that Pay Income

Charitable Remainder Trusts allow you to make a gift to Radiant Health Centers that will enable you or others to enjoy enhanced income for your life time or a specified term of years.  You choose the percentage payout you wish to receive (not less than 5%).  When the trust terminates, Radiant Health Centers receives the remaining principal.

There are two types of trusts:

  • Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust: You receive a set dollar amount each year, equal to your chosen percentage of the trust’s original fair market value.
  • Charitable Remainder Trust: Each year, you receive a variable amount equal to your chosen percentage of the changing yearly value of the trust. This type of trust can help hedge against inflation over time.

Why do a Charitable Trust?

A charitable remainder trust can sell appreciated assets that you donate without incurring the capital gains tax or income tax that would ordinarily be due on a sale.  You will generally receive an immediate income tax deduction.  For gifts of cash, stock or real estate that you have owned more than a year, your deduction is equal to a percentage of your gift’s fair market value.

Radiant Health Centers is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Tax ID#: 33-0126481