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Here are six ways to support your giving in 2021.

2020 changed us in many ways, including the ways in which we give. In the midst of the pandemic, our donors found new ways to give to causes they care about. With your support, the Foundation granted more $101 million to the community.

Plan Your 2021 Charitable Giving

If you didn’t consider how charitable donations could impact your 2020 tax returns, now is the perfect time to start thinking about your 2021 charitable giving plan.

Here are six tips to get you started:

  1. Ask your tax attorney, wealth manager or financial advisor to explain the benefits of charitable giving as it relates to your financial situation.

  2. While giving may have benefits from a tax perspective, your underlying motivations to give likely run deeper. Make a list of causes you care about; this will help guide you in creating a more meaningful giving plan.

  3. Want to make the biggest impact possible? Ask your tax advisor about making gifts through non-cash assets such as publicly traded securities, like stocks, bonds and mutual funds; real estate or gifts of life insurance, which could reduce your taxes.

  4. If you made donations last year but didn’t qualify for an itemized deduction, consider bundling your gifts, also known as gift bunching. The 2017 tax law increased the threshold amount necessary to itemize charitable deductions. Bundling gifts allows you to stack several years of giving into one year, increasing the likelihood of qualifying for itemized deductions.

    For example, opening a donor advised fund allows you to organize your giving into one year for tax purposes, then distribute that money to charity over multiple years.

  5. If you are 70-and-a-half years old or older, you may consider taking advantage of the Qualified Charitable Distribution, or charitable rollover, from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Taxpayers in this age group may transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRAs directly to charity without being subject to income tax on that transfer.

    Once you turn 72, and are subject to a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA, charitable rollovers may help you avoid income taxes on those distributions.

  6. Use your local community foundation, like the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, as a resource and giving partner.

Our gift planners will chat on the phone with you and your professional advisor to help explore giving options. We are experienced in our community’s needs and giving landscape — focusing on relationships, not just transactions — and will work with individuals, couples or families.

    This post was originally published on March 11, 2020, and updated on March 5, 2021.

    The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. Please consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors regarding your individual situation before engaging in any transaction.

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