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5 Tips to Maximize Your Year-End Giving

Date: November 16, 2017

1. Create Your Legacy

Begin your personal path to philanthropy by establishing a charitable fund at Stark Community Foundation. While you'll receive a tax break immediately, you will have time to research the charities you want to support and the flexibility to give when the time is right for you. To get started, contact Vice President of Advancement Bridgette L. Neisel at 330-454-7992 or bneisel@starkcf.org.

2. Add to Your Fund

If you already hold a fund with us, you may make additional gifts at any time. Contact us as soon as possible to learn how you can gift cash, stock, publicly-traded securities, mutual funds, IRA assets and even complex transactions like real estate.

3. Honor a Loved One

A meaningful way to show the community that you care during the holidays is to honor a friend or family member by supporting a cause that they held close to their heart.

4. Double Your Impact

Check out your employer's charitable policy. Many companies will match their employees' donations.

5. Consider Making a Gift from Your IRA

The IRA Charitable Rollover is now permanent tax law. What this means is that if you’re 70 ½ or older, you can transfer up to $100,000 ($200,000 for couples) annually from your IRA to a public charity such as Stark Community Foundation. Your gift won't count as income and it will be free from federal tax. While this tax-saving opportunity doesn’t qualify for donor advised funds, supporting foundations or private foundations, this may be an opportune time to support your favorite charities or areas of interest with a rollover to one of the Foundation’s five other types of funds.

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