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Make Thoughtful Year-End Giving Decisions

By Christy Eckoff, Director of Gift Planning, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

 Christy Eckoff, Director of Gift Planning, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Christy Eckoff, Director of Gift Planning, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

With the end of the year coming rapidly, making thoughtful decisions about year-end giving can feel overwhelming, but I am here to help. To help you achieve your giving goals, here are five tips for last-minute charitable giving:

Make a gift

No matter your budget and ability to give, you can make a difference. Pick a cause that’s closest to your heart. Any size of gift makes an impact.

Know the organization you are giving to

Only donations to organizations with tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status are deductible on your tax return. You can research charities at online databases like Guidestar or the IRS. Religious institutions and government agencies are generally eligible, even if they are not listed in the databases above.

Don’t forget about matching gifts

Many companies will match the charitable contributions of their employees. Please check with your human resources department to see if your company does this. Sometimes it can be up to a three-to-one match.

Don’t leave money on the table

Charitable contributions allowed by the IRS can reduce your taxes if you itemize. Contributing appreciated stock can also mitigate taxes and increase the net gift to an organization.

Consider a donor-advised fund

A donor-advised fund can help take the headache out of making individual contributions to charitable organizations. You can deduct the full amount of annual contributions to a donor-advised fund, even if you haven’t yet determined which particular charities you want to donate to. You then have the freedom to advise on how contributions are distributed.

As always check with your financial advisor on your specific tax situation and make a gift today!

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