Keith has been a faithful supporter of a local charity and makes regular gifts to support their work. Recently, Keith talked to their staff and expressed his interest in naming the charity as a beneficiary of his estate, but he wanted to keep the process as simple and inexpensive as possible.
Keith: I love volunteering at this charity. It really gives me a sense of joy and fulfillment. I not only support the organization with my time, I try to make annual gifts as well. As a donor, I want to leave a meaningful gift in my estate plan.
One day, Keith talked to Sharon, another one of the charity's volunteers. Sharon told Keith that she recently made a "payable on death" or "POD" gift to the charity. Keith asked Sharon to explain how the gift works. Sharon told Keith that with a POD gift, he could contact his bank or credit union and request a POD beneficiary designation form. By filling out the form and sending it back to his credit union, Keith could direct the credit union to pay the balance of any account he designates to charity when he passes away.
Keith: Sharon shared a lot of great information about POD gifts. I decided to name the charity I volunteer for as the payable on death beneficiary of two accounts at my bank. Not only was the process simple it didn't cost a thing. I also liked that a POD gift gives me flexibility-I still own the accounts and can use the money in those accounts if my needs ever change.
Is a payable on death (POD) gift right for you?
If you would like to leave a gift that is simple, inexpensive and flexible if your needs change, please consider a payable on death bequest. If you have questions or would like to learn more about POD beneficiary gifts, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions that you have.
*Please note: The name and image above is representative and are not an actual donor to VCU. Since the benefits of a POD gift may differ depending on your personal circumstances, please consult with your legal, tax or financial advisor.