A Boston insurer has developed a new packet of materials for producers who want to help clients use annuities and life insurance to support nonprofit groups.[@@]

The insurer, John Hancock Life Insurance, a unit of Manulife Financial Corp., Toronto, says its new charitable planning kit includes sales, marketing and educational materials, including information about simple charitable planning strategies as well as discussions of more complicated techniques, such as charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, charitable life estates and gift annuities.