Act Now for 2017 Charitable Deductions

Act Now for 2017 Charitable Deductions

There is still time to integrate charitable giving into your financial planning in 2017. If you are one of those taxpayers who will itemize deductions in 2017 and might not itemize in future years, you may want to take as many deductions as possible before the end of this year. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) can help.

Create a Fund by 12/29 Deadline for 2017 Deduction

Contributions to a donor advised fund made in December will be deductible on your 2017 tax return. You can then recommend distributions from the fund in future years.

This is a great way to claim a tax deduction now for supporting your favorite charities in the future.

Some donors are opting to “pre-pay” their annual giving using their donor advised funds. Funds can be created with a gift of $5,000 or more. And, with a gifts of appreciated stock or mutual funds, you avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of the stock and receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction for the full value of the asset.

Opening or adding to a fund is simple. Email Christine Dawson or call her at (831) 375-9712 for details.

Giving Options

Below are some of the many giving options available. Each of these options offer tax advantages and can help you make a meaningful difference. We can help you customize a solution that works for you.

  • Donor Advised Funds – You receive an immediate tax deduction, plus the flexibility of charitable giving with the support of the CFMC’s Philanthropic Services staff to make grants in Monterey County and beyond. Donor advised funds can be created quickly and easily with a gift of $5,000 or more.
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts & Charitable Gift Annuities – Both offer tax deductions and income for life (a portion of which is tax free). The remainder creates a fund to benefit any nonprofit you choose.
  • Gifts of Real Estate or Appreciated Stock – Both are a good option to benefit from an income tax deduction and capital gains tax savings.
  • IRA Rollovers – If you are 70 1/2 or older, you could transfer up to $100,000 annually against your Required Minimum Distribution and reduce the taxable balance of the IRA in your estate.

Christine DawsonYou can give to causes you care about while gaining maximum tax benefit. Our goal is to partner with you to help you achieve your philanthropic vision.”  – Christine Dawson, Vice President of Philanthropic Services

2017 Year-End Giving Deadlines

  • Donor Advised Funds can be established by 5 PM Friday, December 29
  • Gifts sent to the CFMC must be postmarked no later than Saturday, December 30
  • Credit card gifts must be made by midnight Sunday, December 31
  • Gifts of stocks must be received in CFMC accounts by Friday, December 29 
  • Real estate and partnerships assets must have title transferred or assigned on or before Friday, December 29 (County recorder’s office is closed Saturday, December 30)

Monterey County Gives!

You can also leverage your year-end giving through Monterey County Gives! website from November 9 through midnight, December 31, 2017. Learn more at

Donor Advised Fund Holders

To ensure that your year-end grants are sent out by December 31, the deadline for recommending grants for 2017 is 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 27. To make a gift to an organization through Monterey County Gives, you can recommend a grant from your Donor Advised Fund by selecting the organization and “Monterey County Gives” as the purpose.


Holiday Schedule

CFMC Offices will be closed December 25, 26 and January 1. All other days we will be available to serve you during regular business hours 8:30 – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Planned Giving

The Community Foundation can also help you make a difference in the future through charitable giving through your estate or will. We realize you consider many factors as you make significant financial and charitable estate planning decisions. We appreciate your trust and partnership and invite you to give us a call at (831) 375-9712 or visit our website to explore giving options or learn more.

As CFMC Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Christine Dawson works with individuals, families, businesses and private foundations to help them realize their philanthropic vision.