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Charitable Remainder Unitrusts

CRUT Diagram

How it Works

  • You transfer cash, securities or other appreciated property into the trust managed by the WVU Foundation.
  • The trust pays a percentage of the value of its principal, which is valued annually, to you or beneficiary(ies) you name.
  • When the trust terminates, the remainder passes to the Foundation to be used as you have directed to benefit WVU, 4-H, Potomac State, WVU Tech, or MAC.
  • See the financial benefits for yourself with our Gift Calculator.


  • Receive income for life or a term of years in return for your gift. 
  • Receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of your contribution.
  • Pay no upfront capital gains tax on appreciated assets you donate.
  • You can make additional gifts to the trust as your circumstances allow for additional income and tax benefits.
Bill '59 and Judy Carrico – We are pleased to receive quarterly income through the WVU Foundation. Our gift will help medical students in the future and commemorate Bill's parents too.

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Questions and Answers

Who can serve as trustee of my unitrust?

How would the assets in my unitrust be invested?

Is it better to give cash or appreciated securities?

Can I give real estate or other property to a unitrust?

Can I include my children as income beneficiaries?

What are the tax deduction implications of my charitable remainder unitrust?