Planned Giving

Investing in the future.

The Summit Trust is a special group of dedicated AMC supporters who have included the AMC in their wills or other estate plans. By joining them, you can extend your commitment to the mountains, rivers, and trails of the Northeast far beyond your own lifetime.

If you have already included the AMC in your estate plans, please let us know so we can officially welcome you to this special society. As a member, you will receive a pin symbolizing your dedication to the AMC's mission, special invitations to events, and a listing of your name in AMC publications, unless you indicate that you would prefer to remain anonymous. 

If you have already included AMC in your estate plans, please let us know so that we can express our gratitude for your generosity and foresight and include you in the Summit Trust.

For more information, contact Stephanie Schiele at 617.391.6638 or

A bequest may be in the form of cash, securities, real estate, or other property. You should specify that AMC is to receive a certain amount or percentage of your estate, particular assets, or the remainder of your estate after providing for heirs. To discuss making a bequest or for assistance in drafting language, please contact us. 

Following are some examples of various types of bequests:  

  • Specific bequests are used to make a gift of a specific dollar amount or specific assets, such as securities, real estate, or personal property.  

  • Residuary bequests are used to give all or a portion of the rest, residue, and remainder of your estate after payment of expenses and any specific amounts designated to other beneficiaries.  

  • Contingent bequests will result in a gift to AMC only in the event of the death of other beneficiaries or the fulfillment of certain conditions described in your estate plans.  

 What is the Summit Trust?

The Summit Trust honors and celebrates dedicated AMC supporters who have made a commitment to support AMC through a planned or deferred gift. These future gifts contribute to the growth and success of AMC and are an ongoing commitment to the mountains, rivers and trails of the Northeast far beyond the supporter's own lifetime.

What are the benefits of membership?

Summit Trust members receive a pin recognizing their dedication and generous support of AMC's mission. Members also receive the AMC Connection newsletter and special invitations to events. Member names are also listed in AMC publications, unless the member would prefer to remain anonymous.

How can I become a member?

You can become a Summit Trust member by naming AMC in your will;establishing a charitable trust, gift annuity or pooled income fund;making a gift of insurance or any other similar deferred gift. As soon as you inform us of your plans to make a future gift to benefit AMC, you become a member of the Summit Trust. To ensure that records accurately reflect your intentions, please contact Stephanie Schiele at 617-391-6638 or to communicate your plans.


Life Income Gifts

Do you want to support AMC but worry about having enough income for yourself and your loved ones? Life-income gifts, such as gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, can provide donors with an income stream, significant tax savings and the satisfaction of providing AMC with vital, long-term resources.

The creation of a life-income gift benefits both the donor and the recipient. It's a "win-win" situation.

 Charitable Gift Annuities

We offer two types of gift annuities that are managed by Citizens Bank.

Immediate-Payment Gift Annuity

To establish a charitable gift annuity, you make a gift to AMC and in exchange, receive a fixed annual dollar amount for life. The principal remaining at your death will then benefit AMC.

While gift annuities can be funded at a younger age, this type of gift might be especially attractive if you are aged 70 or above, and would like to receive an immediate income stream for you or you and your spouse, all while supporting AMC. Payment amounts are based on the age(s) of the income beneficiary(ies). The older one is, the higher payout rate one receives. In addition to the stream of fixed payments, the gift will also generate an immediate charitable income-tax deduction. If you are younger, and you wish to begin receiving payments at a future date, a deferred-payment gift annuity might be a more suitable gift arrangement.

For AMC, annuitants must be 55 years or older and the minimum annuity is $10,000.

  • AMC uses the charitable gift annuity rates recommended by the American Council on Gift Annuities.

  • The rates for two lives are less than rates for one life simply because the period of payment may be longer. 

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Deferred-Payment Gift Annuity

This type of gift might appeal to you if you want to support AMC, you are 40 to 60 years old, have a high income, need to benefit now from a current tax deduction, and are interested in augmenting potential retirement income.

The deferred-payment gift annuity involves the current transfer of cash or marketable securities. In exchange, AMC agrees to pay the donor an annuity starting at a future date - usually at the donor's retirement. The gift can consist of a single transfer, a series of transfers, or periodic transfers to the plan in high-income years.

You realize an immediate charitable deduction for the gift portion of each transfer to the deferred gift-annuity plan. A portion of each annuity payment, when the payments begin, will be a tax-free return of principal over the life expectancy of the annuitant. When appreciated, long-term capital-gain securities are transferred, any reportable capital-gain is spread out over the donor-annuitant's life expectancy.

There is a $10,000 minimum for deferred gift annuities, and no age limit for deferred annuitants.

Charitable Trusts

Trusts begin at $100,000. A bank or trusted advisor can serve as trustee.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust

The unitrust provides for annual payments to the designated beneficiary(ies) of a specified percentage - at least 5 percent of the value of the trust as it is valued each year. Since the value of trust assets may vary from year to year, the payments may also vary. At the death of the last income beneficiary, the trust principal is distributed to AMC.

In addition to the income you will receive from the trust, you will also be entitled to a charitable income-tax deduction for the value of our remainder interest in the trust assets.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

The annuity trust provides for payment of a fixed dollar amount - annually or at more frequent intervals - to the designated beneficiary(ies).

The amount must equal at least 5 percent of the initial far-market value of the trust. At the death of the last beneficiary, the trust principal is distributed to AMC.

In addition to the income you will receive from the trust, you will also be entitled to a charitable income-tax deduction for the value of our remainder interest in the trust assets.

Pooled Income Fund

A pooled income fund is a good option for donors with appreciated securities who still need income. 

To make such a gift, you sign a pooled income fund agreement and transfer cash or appreciated securities to the fund. Your gift purchases "units" in the fund based on the fair-market value of your gift and the current market value of fund units. Income from the pooled fund is distributed on a pro-rata basis to the beneficiaries you specify. Beneficiaries receive income for life. When the last beneficiary dies, the value of your units in the fund will be distributed to AMC. You avoid capital-gain tax, if any, in the asset you use to make your gift.

When the last beneficiary dies, the value of your pooled fund units will benefit AMC.

Citizens Bank manages AMC's Pooled Income Fund. The Fund is reserved for donors 60 years and older. An initial minimum gift amount of $10,000 applies. Additional gifts of $1,000 can be made at any time.

 Please note: This is general information and is not presented as specific legal or tax advice. Donors should consult with their financial advisors for counsel.