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Real Estate: Provide Children Hope for the Future

Your home is so much more than a place of shelter. It’s a space where you live your life and make memories. But as life progresses, your needs change, including the type of home that fits your lifestyle. Perhaps the maintenance of the property you own is becoming burdensome, yet you want to avoid the hassle of selling it — worrying about getting a fair price and having strangers in and out of your house while it’s on the market.

There’s a solution that eliminates the responsibilities of ownership and provides assistance to vulnerable children and their families around the world: You can give your home — or another piece of property — to UNICEF USA.

Your gift of property helps UNICEF USA save lives and provides hope for a brighter future to the estimated 30 million children fleeing their homes today. These children didn’t get to choose where they live. Your gift of property can provide them the protection they need — and deserve.

Ways to Give Real Estate

You can give real estate to UNICEF USA in the following ways:

See the benefits of an outright gift.

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An outright gift. When you make a gift today of real estate you have owned longer than one year, you qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction equal to the property's full fair market value. You also eliminate capital gains tax on its appreciation. Please note that all gifts of real estate must be approved by UNICEF USA.

A gift in your will or living trust. If you’re not able to give the property today, you can include a gift of real estate in your will. This option allows you the flexibility to change your mind. Contact us for sample language to share with your attorney for including a gift in your will. Once you make your gift, you become a member of the Danny Kaye Society.

See the benefits of a deferred charitable gift annuity.

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A deferred charitable gift annuity. You can donate the property to UNICEF USA and in exchange receive income for life for you and someone else, if you choose. When you arrange a charitable gift annuity, you receive a federal income tax charitable deduction in the year you set up the gift annuity when you itemize on your taxes. If you use appreciated real estate to make a gift, you can usually eliminate capital gains tax on a portion of the gift and spread the rest of the gain over your life expectancy. A gift of unmortgaged property to fund a deferred gift annuity is preferable and generates the greatest tax benefit.

See the benefits of a charitable remainder unitrust.

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A charitable remainder unitrust. You can contribute any type of appreciated real estate you've owned for more than one year, provided it's unmortgaged, in exchange for an income stream for life or a term of up to 20 years. The donated property may be a residence (a personal residence must be vacant upon contribution), undeveloped land, a farm or commercial property. Your estate planning attorney, who will draft your trust, can give you more details.

See the benefits of a bargain sale.

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A bargain sale. When you make a bargain sale, you sell your property to UNICEF USA for less than what it’s worth. The difference between the actual value and the sale price is considered a gift that supports UNICEF's lifesaving work. A bargain sale can be an effective way to dispose of property that has increased in value, and it is the only gift vehicle that can give you a lump sum of cash and a charitable deduction (when you itemize) at the same time.

Property Accepted

UNICEF USA accepts the following types of property:*

  • Primary residences (single-family homes, multifamily homes and condominiums)
  • Vacation homes (excluding time-shares)
  • Investment properties
  • Commercial properties
  • Vacant land
  • Farms, ranches and timber land

*The property needs to have a minimum value of $100,000.

Check Out This Potential Scenario

Real EstateJanet purchased a rental property years ago and has watched it grow steadily in value. Still active in her career and traveling frequently, she's beginning to find management of the property more and more of a hassle. At this stage of her life, Janet has decided to move to a 55+ condominium development, where all exterior maintenance is provided and she doesn't have to worry about security issues. Janet sees this as an opportunity to give her rental property to UNICEF USA and realize valuable tax benefits.

Janet avoids capital gains tax on the appreciation and qualifies for a federal income tax charitable deduction of $250,000, which is the property's fair market value today. She is able to claim 30 percent of her $200,000 adjusted gross income, or $60,000, in the year of the gift. In the five years following, she can continue to use up the remaining $190,000 deduction. Janet is happy in her new condo and loves knowing that the gift of her property is helping vulnerable children around the world who are fleeing wars, disasters and poverty.

Next Steps

  1. Contact Karen Metzger at (866) 486-4233 or for additional information.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor to make sure this gift fits your goals.
  3. If you include UNICEF USA in your plans, please use our legal name and Federal Tax ID.

Legal Name: UNICEF USA
Address: 125 Maiden Lane, New York, New York 10038
Federal Tax ID Number: 13-1760110

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