Charitable Lead Trust | Mount St. Joseph University


The donor sets up a trust with cash or other assets for a set number of years or until death. The Mount receives income generated from the trust, with the assets returning to the donor or the designated heir when the trust terminates.


The donor creates one of two types of irrevocable trusts:

  • A Charitable Lead Annuity Trust pays a guaranteed dollar amount to the University, leaving the remainder to the donor or other individuals.
  • A Charitable Lead Unitrust pays a fixed percentage to the Mount, leaving the remainder to the donor or other individuals.

The trust must pay the annuity amount or a fixed percentage of the trust assets annually to the University for a term of years, or over the life, or lives, of an individual or individuals.


  • The Mount receives an immediate gift of income.
  • The donor or her or his family receives the assets after the term expires.

Tax Consequences

  • The donor can receive an income tax deduction for the present value of future payments to the Mount.
  • The donor is taxed only on income earned but not distributed to charity, and the amount of realized short-term and long-term capital gains not distributed to charity.

Contact Information

E-mail Mark Osborne, Coordinator of Annual Giving and Young Alumni Programs, or call (513) 244-4892 or (800) 654-9314 ext. 4475. He can help you create a charitable gift plan that will fulfill your financial and philanthropic goals.

Mount St. Joseph University is not engaged in rendering legal or tax advising services. For advice and assistance in your specific case, seek the services of an attorney or other professional advisor.