Close this search box.
Search Menu

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT)

Are you looking for a way to receive fixed income for life or for a number of years? Are you concerned about the high cost of capital-gains tax with the sale of an appreciated asset? Have you recently sold property and are looking for a way to save on taxes while planning for retirement? A charitable remainder annuity trust may offer the solutions you need.

How you benefit

  • You receive fixed income for life, or for a term of up to 20 years
  • You avoid capital-gains tax on the sale of your appreciated assets
  • You receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction for the charitable remainder portion of your gift to Purdue

How it works

You transfer cash or assets to fund a charitable remainder annuity trust. In the case of a trust funded with appreciated assets, the trust will sell the assets tax-free. The trust is invested to pay fixed income to you—or any other trust beneficiaries you select—based on a life, lives, or a term of up to 20 years. You receive an income tax deduction in the year you transfer assets to the trust, and Purdue benefits from what remains after all the trust payments have been made.


Contact Jeanne Butler at

Additional information

If you are tired of the fluctuating stock market and want to receive fixed payments, a charitable remainder annuity trust may provide you with the stability you desire. A charitable remainder annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year based on the value of the property at the time the trust is funded.

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.