"A Charitable Gift Annuity enables seniors like me to make meaningful gifts to organizations, while increasing our income. It is one of the best bargains available. One of the organizations I choose to support this way is Doctors Without Borders. It has an outstanding reputation, and carries on its work under very difficult conditions. It gives me great satisfaction to know that any donation I make will go where there is much need for it."

-Dora Wiebenson, Charitable Gift Annuity Donor

With a charitable gift annuity, you can provide lifetime payments for yourself or a loved one and, as part of your legacy, help ensure the ability of MSF to respond to future emergencies.

How a Charitable Gift Annuity Works

You make a gift to MSF. We reinvest the assets and agree to pay you, or up to two beneficiaries you name, a lifetime annuity.  At the end of the contract, we receive the remaining funds.  Annuity payments are backed by segregated reserve funds and are a general obligation of MSF.

Minimum Age: 65.
Minimum Amount: $5,000.
Assets Accepted: Cash or marketable securities such as stocks or bonds.
Payment Schedule: annual, semi-annual, quarterly or monthly.

If you are under age 65 and planning for your income needs during retirement, you may want to consider a deferred gift annuity, described below.

Benefits of a Charitable Gift Annuity

  • Fixed lifetime annuity at an attractive rate
  • A current charitable income tax deduction for a portion of your gift
  • A portion of annuity payments is tax-free in most cases
  • Annuity backed by reserve funds and the assets of MSF
  • Capital gains tax savings if you fund the annuity with appreciated securities
  • The satisfaction of providing long-term support for MSF

Sample Single-Life Gift

Annuity Rates

Age Rate 
65 4.7%
70 5.1%
75 5.8%
80 6.8%
85 7.8%
90+ 9.0%

Annuity Rates

MSF applies the rates recommended by the American Council on Gift Annuities, effective as of January 1, 2012. The table to the right shows sample gift annuity rates. Rates are revised periodically. Please contact us for the specific rate for your age.

Deferred Gift Annuities

If you are under age 65 or wish to defer the start date of your payments and increase your annuity rate, please ask us about our deferred gift annuities.  With a deferred annuity, you make a current gift but payments begin at a future date at least one year after the gift is made.  The minimum age payments begin is 65.  The annuity rate and amount are set at the time the gift is made. 

Please refer to our Charitable Gift Annuity Policy for further details on our charitable gift annuity program.

The above information is not intended as tax or legal advice, and your tax treatment may vary depending on your circumstances.  Please consult with your tax advisor.

To learn more about Charitable Gift Annuities or to receive a personalized illustration showing how a gift annuity could work for you, please contact Beth Golden, Planned Giving Officer at 212-655-3771 or beth.golden@newyork.msf.org.