Did you know that 50%-60% of your retirement assets may be taxed if you leave them to your heirs at your death? Another option is to leave your heirs assets that receive a step up in basis (such as real estate and stock) and give the retirement assets to University of Hawai'i Foundation. As a charity, we are not taxed upon receiving an IRA or other retirement plan assets.
Your retirement assets may be transferred to University of Hawai'i Foundation by completing a beneficiary designation form provided by your plan custodian. If you designate University of Hawai'i Foundation as beneficiary, we will benefit from the full value of your gift because your IRA assets will not be taxed at your death. Your estate will benefit from an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift.