Extend your philanthropy beyond your lifetime
Three ways to continue giving through your account
Half of Schwab Charitable donors view charitable giving as a key aspect of their overall legacy.* These donors say it is important to leave a lasting impact on charitable causes close to their hearts and set children or grandchildren up to continue their giving beyond their lifetime.
While you may have charitable legacy intentions with your donor-advised fund account, execution of your intentions is best ensured with a succession plan. Schwab Charitable allows you to select any one or combination of three options:
Schwab Charitable Legacy Program
Schwab Charitable Legacy Program
You may enroll in the program and maintain your eligibility with a minimum balance of $100,000 for a core account or $250,000 for a professionally managed account. The program requires a distribution of at least 5% of your account balance each year for a minimum of five years.
Additional ways to continue your charitable legacy
A succession plan for your donor-advised fund account typically is part of an overall estate planning strategy, and the plan's primary objective is continuing donations with maximum charitable impact while reducing estate taxes. Your estate planning strategy may also include naming your donor-advised fund account or another person's donor-advised fund account as a beneficiary of testamentary contributions from your:
- Brokerage, savings, or checking account
- Retirement plan account or IRA
- Revocable living trust
- Charitable remainder trust
- Life insurance policy
Enrolling in succession plans
Naming or updating individual successors or charitable beneficiaries online is simple. When you log in to your account, go to the Services tab and then click on Successors and Beneficiaries. You may also use our Account Update form for these two options and for the Schwab Charitable Legacy Program.
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Succession plan FAQs
- What methods are available for allocating assets among successors and/or charitable beneficiaries?
1. Whole or decimal percentages method
In your succession plan, you may allocate to successors (individuals) and/or charitable beneficiaries (organizations). For example, you may leave half of your account assets to your son or daughter to manage and the have the other half granted to the Red Cross. These allocations can be made in whole or decimal percentages, rounded to the hundredth place. Your allocations to successors and charitable beneficiaries must total 100%. You may use this method alone or in combination with the fixed amount method described below.
2. Even split method
The even split method allows you to distribute allocations evenly between your successors and any charitable beneficiaries you designate. The allocation will appear as a fraction on your account statement. You may use this method alone or in combination with the fixed amount method described below.
3. Fixed amount method
You may select a fixed dollar amount to be distributed to your successors and/or beneficiaries. Another option is to combine with one of the methods described above. Any successor or charitable beneficiary with a designated fixed amount will be considered first, and the remaining funds will be distributed through the secondary method elected.
Please note: Any time the fixed amount method is selected, you must allocate at least one other successor or charitable beneficiary using a different method (this can be either percentage – whole or decimal – or even split). If the account balance is higher than the fixed amount at the time the succession plan is enacted, the secondary method will be used for distribution of the amount above the fixed amount. If the account balance is lower than the fixed amount at the time the succession plan is enacted, the secondary method will be used for distribution of the entire account balance.
For more information about this process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Beyond my lifetime, what account privileges do other account holders and account users retain?
Other account holders automatically succeed to the account after your lifetime. For example, if you and your spouse are both listed as account holders, your spouse remains on the account and becomes the primary account holder beyond your lifetime. Any account users also continue with the same privileges they had originally.
Your succession plan will not be enacted until after all account holders' lifetimes. Account users are removed from the account at that time.
- What role do my contingent successors or contingent charitable beneficiaries play?
If all of your listed successors are either deceased, unwilling to serve, or ineligible, then your contingent successor(s) may have privileges. Similarly, when your succession plan is enacted, if none of your designated charitable beneficiaries are eligible to receive a grant for any reason, then your contingent charitable beneficiary recommendation(s) will be considered.