Year-End Giving Tips & Deadlines
There are many ways to integrate charitable giving into your financial planning in 2020. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) can help. 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. Be sure to make your gifts by the deadlines for a 2020 deduction (see deadlines below)
You can give to causes you care about while gaining maximum tax benefit.” – Christine Dawson, Vice President of Philanthropic Services
There are some charitable giving changes for 2020 under the CARES Act to note:
- Non-itemizers are eligible for a $300 charitable deduction
- Required minimum distributions (RMDs) from retirement plans are waived for most donors. Though requirement is waived for 2020, an IRA QCD still makes makes a tax efficient gift. (See below). See more CARES Act changes.
5 Options to Consider for Year-End Giving
This is a great way to claim a tax deduction now for supporting your favorite charities in the future. Donor advised funds can be created quickly and easily with a gift of $5,000 or more. And, with a gift 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.
DAFs and Bundling: Some donors opt to bundle or “pre-fund” their giving. This means donating two- or three-years’ worth of giving at one time into a DAF, claiming the charitable deduction that year, and then waiting to donate again while claiming the standard deduction. You can the donation to your DAF in the first year, you can continue to support your favorite causes in future years from the DAF.
A gift of real estate or appreciated stock are a good options to benefit the nonprofit with a direct gift and benefit the donor with an income tax deduction and capital gains tax savings.
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.
If you are 70 1/2 or older, you could transfer up to $100,000 annually and reduce the taxable balance of the IRA in your estate. You or your spouse can each gift up to $100,000 from your IRA accounts to the CFMC to benefit your favorite nonprofits. Gifts made from your IRA are not reportable as taxable income and qualify toward your required minimum distribution (RMD), which can lower your income and taxes. NOTE: Though the CARES Act has waived required minimum distributions for 2020, an IRA QCD is still a great way to make a meaningful gift.
Though gifts to donor advised funds are not eligible, you can contribute to designated, agency or field of interest funds at the CFMC. An IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution may also be made through Monterey County Gives! to benefit multiple nonprofits with one set of instructions. Please contact us for detailed instructions or to learn more.
Leverage your year-end giving to up to 162 participating nonprofits through the Monterey County Gives! campaign. Each donation receives a percentage match. The CFMC can also accept stock or IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions. Donors can make one gift to the CFMC and recommend all the agencies they wish to support, or give online at www.montereycountygives.com from November 12 through midnight, December 31, 2020. Monterey County Gives! is a special project of the Monterey County Weekly, the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.
2020 Year-End Giving Deadlines
- Last day for 2020 grant recommendations from donor advised funds: 10 a.m. Monday, December 28.
- New donor advised funds can be established by 12 Noon Thursday, December 31.
- Gifts sent to the CFMC must be postmarked no later than Thursday, December 31.
- Credit card gifts must be made before 12 midnight Thursday, December 31.
- Gifts of stocks must be received in CFMC accounts by Thursday, December 31.
- Real estate and partnerships assets must have title transferred or assigned on or before Thursday, December 31.
(County recorder’s office will close at 12 noon with their last recording at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020)
Donor Advised Fund Holders
To ensure that your year-end grants are sent out by December 31, the deadline for recommending grants for 2020 is 10 a.m. Monday, December 28. 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.
CFMC Holiday Schedule
Thursday, December 24 – closed
Friday, December 25 – closed
Thursday, December 31 – closed 3 p.m.
Friday, January 1 – closed
All other days we will be available to serve you during regular business hours 8:30 – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Simplify Your Giving
Partnering with the CFMC can simplify your giving. We invite you to give email Christine Dawson or give her call her at (831) 375-9712 to explore giving options. As CFMC Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Christine Dawson works with individuals, families, businesses and private foundations to help them realize their philanthropic vision.