The most common type of charitable trust in the United States is a Charitable Remainder Trust ("CRT"). In a CRT, the charity serves as trustee of the trust, and manages or invests the property so it will produces income. The charity pays you a portion of the income generated by the trust property for a certain number of years, or for your whole life. The term of payments depends on the payment period you select. Then, upon your death, the property held in trust goes to the charity.