Imagine making a transformative contribution to Cancer Research Institute without leaving your cherished home. With a retained life estate, you can achieve this unique philanthropic goal while continuing to reside in your home for as long as you desire.

Consider how a retained life estate enables you to amplify your giving power while maintaining your living arrangements. This creative option extends benefits beyond a typical donation, offering immediate tax advantages without impacting your lifestyle.


Is a Retained Life Estate for You?

If you have pondered how to sustain your residency in your beloved home and still make a remarkable difference, a retained life estate might be the answer. This avenue could be especially fitting if:

  • You wish to remain in your home.
  • Passing your home to heirs isn't your primary goal.
  • Taking advantage of current income tax deductions aligns with your financial strategy.
  • You aspire to contribute significantly to the advancement of cancer research.

Unite Your Home and Heart:

By choosing a retained life estate, you fuse your passion for supporting groundbreaking cancer research with the comfort of your abode. This distinctive approach empowers you to extend your legacy while you live, making an enduring impact on the future of cancer treatment and prevention.

Explore Your Giving Journey:

Embark on a charitable path that bridges your living situation and your heartfelt desire to fuel vital research. Learn more about how a retained life estate can shape your legacy while offering you the tax benefits you deserve. Join us in advancing the fight against cancer, all while staying in the place you call home. 

How Your Gift Helps

At CRI, we are working toward a world immune to cancer. Your gift helps us achieve this mission by:


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A retained life estate is an irrevocable arrangement between you and Cancer Research Institute. You deed your home to us in exchange for an agreement that gives you the right to live in your home for as long as you choose, even for the rest of your life. When your retained life estate arrangement ends, your home becomes our property to use or sell. Typically, we will sell your home and use the proceeds.

Irrevocable Gift

A retained life estate is an irrevocable arrangement. Once you deed your home to Cancer Research Institute, you cannot change your mind and get your ownership back. This requirement assures that the value of your home will go to support CRI.

Give your Home, Second Home, or Farm

Most donors create retained life estate arrangements using their home. It is also possible to create a retained life estate with a second home or any other structure that functions as your residence, such as a boat. You may also create a retained life estate with a farm, including raw farm land.

Your Responsibilities

You will be responsible for all regular expenses on your property while you live in it. These expenses include routine maintenance, property taxes, utility bills, and insurance.

Tax Benefits

You will receive an income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift. The amount of the deduction will depend on the value of your home and how long your plan will last. If you itemize instead of taking the standard deduction you could save significant income taxes. If you cannot use your entire deduction in the year of your gift, you may carry forward all unused deduction for up to five additional years if you are eligible to itemize in each of those years.

By removing your home from your estate, you may also reduce estate taxes and probate costs when your estate is settled if your estate exceeds the then applicable estate tax credit.

How Long can my Plan Last?

You most likely will want to retain the right to live in your home for the rest of your life, or for the lives of you and your spouse. Other possible terms include more than two lives, a specific number of years, or a combination of lives and years.

Ending your Plan Early

If you decide you no longer want to live in your home for any reason, you can end your retained life estate early either by giving your remaining interest to Cancer Research Institute or by selling your property in cooperation with us.

Special Considerations

Giving your home to our organization requires some extra steps of which you should be aware. These steps include the following:

  • You will need to establish the value of your property by obtaining a qualified appraisal.
  • We will need to examine your property and conduct our own analysis of its value. For example, we will want to know if there are any debts, taxes, or liens owed on your property.
  • Once we accept your gift of real estate, we could become responsible for cleaning up any environmental problems your property may have. This sort of cleanup could be very expensive. Therefore, before we accept any gift of real estate, we routinely conduct a review to make sure the property has no environmental issues.


Jeffery and Phillis Ritter, ages 78 and 77, still live in the house in which they raised their three children. Jeffery and Phillis are in good health and have no plans to move. Their house has appreciated greatly over the years and is now worth about $600,000. Their children are grown with homes of their own and have no interest in keeping the house in the family.

Jeffery and Phillis would like to make a large gift to Cancer Research Institute, but they don’t feel comfortable giving a significant portion of their investment assets away. They are excited to learn that they can give their house instead while continuing to live in it for as long as they wish. Their lifestyle won’t change at all as a result of their arrangement. They also are attracted by the income tax charitable deduction of about $267,920* that they can use immediately to reduce their income taxes if they itemize their income tax deductions.


  • Jeffery and Phillis can continue to live in their home for the rest of their lives.
  • They receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction of about $267,920*.
  • They may deduct up to 30% of their adjusted gross income in the year of the gift. If they cannot use their entire deduction in the year of their gift, they may carry forward the balance for up to five additional years.
  • They will provide major support to CRI, currently worth $600,000.
  • Their home is no longer in their estate, potentially saving estate taxes.

*Jeffery and Phillis’s income tax charitable deduction may vary depending on the timing of their gift. Their ability to benefit from an income tax charitable deduction will depend on their ability to itemize their income tax charitable deductions.