Financial and Investment

Our aim is to provide clear and transparent information regarding our financial position, fees, investment philosophy, and performance. Additional information is available through Brian Hamilton, our Chief Financial Officer.

Financial Information


Read our 2020 Annual Report here.

FY Income Distributions for 2017

Read our 2020 audited financial statements here.

Read our 2019 audited financial statements here.

Read our 2018 audited financial statements here.

Account Management and Administrative Fees

Legacy Deo’s operations are funded by account management fees, gifts and bequests, interest and dividends generated by invested reserves, administrative fees, and financial support from the Texas District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Our fee schedule is as follows:

Account Management
Each managed account incurs an annual management fee, calculated and deducted on a quarterly basis. Amounts are determined according to the following table:

Marketable Securities Gifts
Legacy Deo accepts gifts of publicly-traded securities (i.e., stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, etc.). These gifts can fund new accounts, augment existing accounts, or be contributed to Legacy Deo itself. We also liquidate securities and pass the sale proceeds to another ministry or charity of the donor’s choosing.

One-time gifts are charged $25 to receive, sell, and distribute the net proceeds. This amount includes up to three distributions to external ministries or charities. An additional fee of $10 per distribution is charged when the number exceeds three. Statutory fees charged by securities brokers are netted against the proceeds prior to distribution.

For recurring gifts, we require a pass-through trust account to be opened. A one-time fee of $50 is charged to open the account, which also covers processing the first gift transaction. Subsequent gifts incur fees at the same rate as one-time gifts. A minimum balance of $250 is required to maintain an active pass-through trust. Upon closure of the account, this minimum balance is passed through to the final ministry or charity.

Estate Administration
Legacy Deo can serve as administrator of an estate. Fees charged will fall within the maximum allowed by the Texas Probate Code. Related travel and administrative expenses are charged at actual cost. Fees are netted against the estate’s value.
Real Estate Sale
Gifted real estate, when subsequently sold, incurs a charge equal to 5% of the property’s sales price. When a realtor is involved, the fee is reduced to 2%. This fee is netted against the proceeds, which typically includes other charges required to complete the sale.
Tax Preparation

Most trusts require preparation of an annual tax return. Our base fee is $85, which includes preparation of taxpayer forms such as K-1 and 1099. Complex returns requiring additional preparation time are charged a minimum of $125.

Legal Services
When establishing a new account, Legacy Deo absorbs the first $200 of legal fees. Excess amounts are charged to the account. Fees for legal matters arising after inception are charged to the account.
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Legacy Deo

Legacy Deo

Our mission is to inspire giving that impacts life forever. We help people with charitable giving and estate planning, and serve as trustee for hundreds of trusts, endowments, and donor advised funds.

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Investment Information

Read our investment policy statement here.

Legacy Deo is pleased to offer our clients five investment funds having distinct return objectives. Two cover the full spectrum of fixed income securities, two address different equity strategies, and one provides non-correlated assets as an alternative to traditional investments. Each fund is professionally managed by one or more firms in concert with our investment consultant, Graystone Consulting – a business of Morgan Stanley. Assets are held through our Morgan Stanley brokerage relationship.

A summary by investment fund is as follows:

ObjectiveInvestment TypesManagement Firm(s)
Fixed IncomeCorporate bonds
US Treasuries and agencies
Corporate asset-backed securities
Bond mutual funds
(all rated AAA to BBB)
Sage Advisory Services
Equity GrowthGrowth-oriented stocks
Equity ETFs
Janus Henderson
Equity DividendDividend-paying stocks
Equity ETFs
Bahl & Gaynor, Inc.
Cambiar Investors
Silvercrest Asset Management
Higher-YieldBond mutual funds
Real estate investment trusts
(some rated BB and below)
Various mutual fund families
Liquid AlternativesEnergy-sector MLP mutual funds
Global infrastructure
Managed futures
Alkeon Capital Management
Millennium International Ltd.
Shannon River Capital Management
Various mutual fund families

Allocation to these funds is dependent upon the objective of the underlying account, its distribution time horizon, and input from the accountholder. By varying the degree of allocation to the underlying funds, we are able to create portfolios that range anywhere from conservative to aggressive. Our investment philosophy is different than that of the typical individual investor, who tends to focus mainly on accumulation. Because Legacy Deo is in a perpetual phase of distribution, our orientation is toward long-term capital preservation and reasonable risk-reward tradeoffs.