Alan and Sheila Lamson created a Charitable Gift Annuity with Pasadena Community Foundation.
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Charitable Gift Annuities

A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) supports your favorite nonprofit organization and provides a lifetime of income too.

PCF is licensed to offer charitable gift annuities to benefit both PCF and other local nonprofit organizations, including the Pasadena Humane Society, A Noise Within, Five Acres, and many more.

“A CGA is an arrangement between a donor and a nonprofit organization in which the donor receives a regular payment for life based on the value of assets transferred to the organization. After the donor’s death, the assets are retained by the organization.”

Additional Reading

In 2019, PCF donors Sheila and Alan Lamson made a gift of real estate to PCF to fund a CGA. Read more about how they replaced monthly rental income from their property with a CGA payment and received a generous tax deduction for their gift.

PCF’s fact sheet on the CGA process.

For more information or to apply, please contact Jennifer DeVoll at (626) 796-2097 ext. 101 or

Is a CGA for You?

If you prefer to continue to receive income from your charitable asset but would also like to make a major planned gift to your favorite nonprofit organization while you are still living, a CGA may be the right charitable vehicle for you. For example:

  • If the donor has funds in CDs or other accounts that are earning little to no return (or a property that is not generating sufficient income);
  • If the donor is looking for a secure source of income (PCF’s strong financial position and reinsurance ensures that the donor will be paid on time and in full);
  • If the donor has appreciated stock that would incur a capital gains tax liability if liquidated;
  • Possibly tax savings on Social Security benefits (the annuity is a tax-free return of principal, not income);
  • Other potential tax advantages (please speak with your tax advisor).

With a minimum gift of $20,000* you will receive a fixed annual annuity payment AND a tax deduction depending on your age (must be 65 or older):

Age          Rate                  Age         Rate

 65           5.7%                     80           8.1%

 70           6.3%                     85           9.1%

 75           7.0%                     90+        10.1%

*Minimum gift and age eligibility require evaluation of impact to charitable beneficiary. PCF will advise once application is made.

To receive a quote or begin the application process, please contact Jennifer DeVoll at (626) 796-2097 ext. 101 or


PCF provides Charitable Gift Annuities on behalf of local nonprofit organizations, including:

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