Why Deseret Trust Company?

Knowledgeable Workforce with 200-Plus Years’ Combined Experience

Deseret Trust Company has a knowledgeable and experienced staff of professionals. While other corporate fiduciaries may also have a staff with great experience, it is rare to find a staff with the depth of experience specifically dedicated to charitable trusts.

Low Costs and Fee Schedule

Due to the nonprofit nature of Deseret Trust Company, our fees are substantially lower than other corporate fiduciaries. We charge fees to cover our costs and meet regulatory requirements for reserves. No part of our fee is associated with investment management. Deseret Trust Company’s current fee schedule for trust accounts and donor-advised funds is:

  • 0.9% of first $500,000*
  • 0.56% of next $500,000
  • 0.34% of next $1,000,000
  • 0.22% over $2,000,000

*Minimum trust fee of $300

Trusts required to file a tax return will have an additional annual charge of $200

Minimum online Donor-Advised Fund fee $75

1.00% fee on all charitable gift annuity balances

Account Minimums

  • Trust (CRAT, CRUT, etc.) $50,000
  • Online Donor-Advised Fund $5,000
  • Donor-Advised Fund $150,000
  • Charitable Gift Annuity $25,000
  • Pooled Income Fund $5,000

Confidence in Church-Affiliated Entity

Donors can have confidence in Deseret Trust Company because it is governed by the same principles common to Church operations. Deseret Trust Company is an integrated auxiliary of The Church and the First Presidency of the Church appoints the chairman and board of trustees.

Professional Expertise Provided for Donors

Often individuals have a desire to help build the kingdom through planned gifts, but neither they nor their advisors have a great deal of knowledge and experience in the investment and tax-reporting requirements of these trusts. Deseret Trust Company brings to the donor all the resources needed to properly administer and report these trusts.

Diversification of Portfolios

The Investment Review Committee (IRC) of Deseret Trust Company provides a mechanism for the oversight of all fiduciary assets held at Deseret Trust Company. The combination of the IRC recommendation of asset allocation and the nature of the Deseret Trust Company Common Trust Funds ensures proper portfolios diversification to reduce investment risk.

Regulated Corporate Fiduciary

As with any corporate fiduciary, Deseret Trust Company is subject to government regulation. Deseret Trust Company is regulated by the Utah State Department of Financial Institutions (for trusts) and the Utah Insurance Division (for gift annuities).


Deseret Trust Company has regular audits by the Church Auditing Department, the Utah State Department of Financial Institutions, as well as by independent external auditors. At the present time Deloitte and Touche, LLP conducts our external audits.

Professional Staff

Staff members at Deseret Trust Company have a commitment to professional behavior and continuing education. They average more than 20 years’ experience in trust administration with many professional designations, including certified public accountant (CPA), master of business administration (MBA), certified trust and financial advisor (CTFA), certified trust auditor (CTA), and chartered financial analyst (CFA).