Trends in Charitable GivingSubmitted by Kaizen Financial Advisors, LLC on August 27th, 2019
According to Giving USA 2018, Americans gave an estimated $410.02 billion to charity in 2017. That’s the first time that the amount has totaled more than $400 billion in the history of the report.1
Americans give to charity for two main reasons: to support a cause or organization they care about or to leave a legacy through their support.
When giving to charitable organizations, some people elect to support through cash donations. Others, however, understand that supporting an organization may generate tax benefits. They may opt to follow techniques that can maximize both the gift and the potential tax benefit. Here’s a quick review of a few charitable choices:
Direct gifts are just that: contributions made directly to charitable organizations. Direct gifts may be deductible from income taxes depending on your individual situation. Donating highly appreciated stock directly to a charity can result in a larger gift than selling the stock, paying capital gains taxes, and making a cash donation with the proceeds.4
Charitable gift annuities are not related to annuities offered by insurance companies. Under this arrangement, the donor gives money, securities, or real estate, and in return, the charitable organization agrees to pay the donor a fixed income. Upon the death of the donor, the assets pass to the charitable organization. Charitable gift annuities enable donors to receive consistent income and potentially manage taxes.
Gifts in trust enable donors to contribute to a charity and leave assets to beneficiaries. Generally, these irrevocable trusts take one of two forms. With a charitable remainder trust, the donor can receive lifetime income from the assets in the trust, which then pass to the charity when the donor dies; in the case of a charitable lead trust, the charity receives the income from the assets in the trust, which then pass to the donor’s beneficiaries when the donor dies.
Donor-advised funds are funds administered by a charity to which a donor can make irrevocable contributions. This gift may have tax considerations, which is another benefit. The donor also can recommend that the fund make distributions to qualified charitable organizations.
Qualified charitable distributions (QCD) are paid directly from an IRA to a qualified charitable organization.2,3 These distributions can satisfy all or part of a required minimum distribution (RMD), which may reduce taxes owed on IRA distributions.
We help clients plan their giving to support their values, in consideration of an overall financial plan. If you are thinking about ways to support an organization or leave a legacy, contact your Kaizen Advisor soon to take advantage of any available tax deductions for 2019.
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1 - givingusa.org/giving-usa-2018-americans-gave-410-02-billion-to-charity-in-2017-crossing-the-400-billion-mark-for-the-first-time/ [6/13/18]
2 - https://www.schwab.com/resource-center/insights/content/are-you-making-m... [12/05/18]
3 - https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/retirement-plans-faqs-regarding-ira... [6/18/19]
4 - https://www.fidelitycharitable.org/articles/4-reasons-to-donate-stock-to...