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Ways to Maximize Your Charitable Giving

In order to minimize stress and maximize your gifting abilities, it’s important to keep in mind a few details that you may or may not be aware of.  If you’re not sure how your finances match up with your giving strategy, follow the five tips below to organize and maximize your giving strategy.

1. Do Your Research

By using sites such as Guidestar or the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, you can learn more about the groups you’re interested in offering donations to. 

The organization you’re involved with should also be able to provide registration information including 501(c)(3). You may also use the tax-exempt organization search tool available on the IRS website to obtain specific information as well. 

2. Bundle Your Donations

As deductions have increased over the years, you may choose to save money over time and donate every few years as opposed to each year, consecutively. By doing this, you may receive your itemized deductions over the limit one year and take the standard deduction the next. 

If you’re interested in accomplishing this, you might consider a donor-advised fund, which allows you to make a charitable donation and immediately receive a tax break. You’ll then receive recommended grants from the fund to your preferred charities over time. 

3. Donate Appreciated Stock

By donating stocks or other appreciated assets, such as artwork or antiques, you might reduce capital gains tax on investments.1 

In particular, high-income earners might consider a non-cash donation specifically because of the tax advantages they may be awarded. Even those who have what they might consider to be small holdings could benefit by making a donation of appreciated investments.

4. Utilize Your IRA

If you’re a retiree over the age of 72, you might consider a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA to a qualifying charity. These distributions can be a tax-efficient way of meeting any required minimum distribution. Additionally, there’s no need to itemize your deductions in order to benefit.  

According to the National Association of Enrolled Agents, you may distribute up to $100,000 per year per taxpayer. This increases to an acceptable $200,000 for married couples if they both have IRAs.2 Although this strategy has existed for some time, it only recently became a part of the permanent tax code. 

Consult your tax professional and financial adviser to ensure the distribution is processed correctly. 


  1. https://www.fidelitycharitable.org/guidance/charitable-tax-strategies/charitable-contributions.html
  2. https://www.cof.org/content/analysis-ira-charitable-rollover-extension

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