Dear Friends,

Thank you for visiting Florida Baptist Children’s Homes planned giving site! It is my desire that this be a tangible benefit to you and your family.

Statistical studies show that 55% of Americans die* without a will or an estate plan. The impact of this on your children, on your surviving spouse, on your taxes and on legal fees is immeasurable.

There are many reasons people do not have a will in place, including the expense, the complication, the time consumption, the confusion, the fear of dying and more. Many others spend too little time on their plans. As a result, they may find themselves paying more taxes than necessary, investing their assets unwisely or leaving their property to unintended beneficiaries. Before it is too late, it is important that you take the time to work with professionals who can help ensure that your financial plans are set according to your wishes. An up-to-date financial and estate plan can mean more spendable income, fewer investment worries and the assurance that property will ultimately be passed on to the intended beneficiaries.

Our goal is to provide you with easy to understand financial estate planning information that can assist you as a wise steward of your assets. Below, we have provided information and tools related to several different planned giving options. By clicking on “Calculate the Benefits,” you can walk yourself through the data gathering process. When you have completed this process, you can print the results at home and/or contact our staff for answers to additional questions. All information entered into the calculation is confidential.

The impact of including Florida Baptist Children’s Homes in your will or estate plan is tremendous as it helps us extend the reach of our ministry. More than 80% of our annual budget comes from private support – from friends like you. Last year, private support helped us touch the lives of more than 106,000 children and families.

Thank you for considering Florida Baptist Children’s Homes as you begin this important planning process. And thank you for helping us reach ONE MORE CHILD.

Jerry Haag, Ph.D., CFP®
Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, Orphan’s Heart & The Porch Light

*Statistic from America Bar Association

Planned Giving

The term “planned giving” refers to charitable gifts that require some planning before they are made. Planned gifts are popular because they can provide valuable tax benefits and/or income for life. Whether a donor uses cash or other assets, the benefits of funding a planned gift can make this type of charitable giving very attractive to both the donor and charity. Some of the potential benefits of planned gifts include:

  • Increase current income for the donor or others
  • Reduce the donor’s income tax
  • Avoid capital gains tax
  • Pass assets to family at a reduced tax cost
  • Make significant donations to charity

With the assistance of a well-informed development officer and/or financial advisor, anyone can craft a planned gift to meet his or her charitable and financial goals. Planned gifts include bequests, trusts, and contracts between a donor and a charity.

Heritage Club

Everyone who includes the Children’s Homes in their estate plans automatically becomes part of our Heritage Club, which is our way of honoring those who have remembered the Children’s Homes with a future gift. Please contact Averitt Ennis at or 863.687.8811 if you have included the Children’s Homes, Orphan’s Heart or The Porch Light in your estate plans so we can formally recognize you.

Following is the official information you will want to include on documents prepared by your attorney or financial advisor to designate bequests to the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.

Corporate name: Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, Inc.
Address: 1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815
Federal Employer ID number: 59-0657326
Contact Name: Chief Financial Officer

Types of Planned Gifts


When a donor decides to leave assets to charity in his or her will, he or she is making a bequest. The donor’s estate will receive a charitable estate tax deduction at his or her death, when the gift is made to charity. Everyone should have a will.


A Charitable Gift Annuity is an agreement between an individual/couple and a qualified charitable organization. The individual or couple transfers assets to the charity and, in turn, receives fixed payments for the remainder of their lives, guaranteed by the full worth of the charity, usually at a greater return than current investments. For example, let’s say an individual age 70 buys a gift annuity from Florida Baptist Children’s Homes for $10,000. If the Gift Annuity Rate for a person of that age is 6.7% annually (for current rates used by Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, contact Averitt Ennis), he or she would get $670 per year for their lifetime. The rate is determined by the person’s age when the contract is made. Payments may be made monthly, quarterly, or annually. Income from a gift annuity can be deferred for a period of years. Deferred gift annuities are often set up by younger donors to supplement retirement income.

Calculate the benefits of a Charitable Gift Annuity.


This trust makes payments, either a fixed amount (annuity trust) or a percentage of trust principal (unitrust), to whomever the donor chooses to receive income. The donor may claim a charitable income tax deduction and may not have to pay any capital gains tax if the gift is of appreciated property. At the end of the trust term, the charity receives whatever amount is left in the trust. Charitable remainder unitrusts provide some flexibility in the distribution of income, and thus can be helpful in retirement planning.

Calculate the benefits of a Charitable Remainder Trust.


This trust makes payments, either a fixed amount (annuity trust) or a percentage of trust principal (unitrust), to charity during its term. At the end of the trust term, the principal can either go back to the donor (a grantor lead trust) or to heirs named by the donor (a non-grantor lead trust). The donor may claim a charitable income tax deduction for funding a grantor lead trust or a charitable gift tax deduction for funding a non-grantor lead trust. Since lead trusts are typically used to pass assets to heirs, non-grantor lead trusts are far more common than grantor lead trusts.

Calculate the benefits of a Charitable Lead Trust.


A donor may make a gift of his or her personal residence or farm to charity and retain the right to live there for the remainder of his or her life. The donor receives an immediate income tax deduction for the gift. At the donor’s death, the charity can use or sell the property.

All gifts to the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes are tax-deductible as allowed by law, and all are deeply appreciated!

  • Cash
  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Certificates of Deposit (CDs)
  • Real Estate
  • Personal Property
  • In-Kind Goods or Services

For questions, please contact Averitt Ennis at 863.687.8811 or