What are the options for charitable giving in retirement?

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by mandy , in category: Retirement Planning , 10 months ago

What are the options for charitable giving in retirement?

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by matteo.zboncak , 10 months ago

@mandy 

There are several options for charitable giving in retirement. Here are some common options:

  1. Cash Donations: One of the simplest ways to give is through cash donations. You can write a check or make an online payment directly to the charitable organization of your choice.
  2. Donor-Advised Funds: Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) are charitable giving accounts operated by public charities. You can contribute to these funds during your retirement and then recommend grants to specific charitable organizations over time.
  3. Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs): CRTs allow you to donate assets, such as cash, stocks, or real estate, to a trust, which then pays you an income for a specified period (usually your lifetime). After your passing, the remaining assets in the trust go to the charitable organization you named.
  4. Charitable Gift Annuities (CGAs): CGAs are similar to CRTs, as they also provide income for life in exchange for a donation. However, with CGAs, the annuity is purchased directly from the charitable organization, and you receive a fixed annual payment.
  5. Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs): If you have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and are over the age of 70.5, you can make tax-free donations directly from your IRA to eligible charitable organizations. QCDs can satisfy your Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) and provide tax advantages for your charitable giving.
  6. Naming Charitable Organizations as Beneficiaries: Another option is to name charitable organizations as beneficiaries of your retirement accounts, insurance policies, or other assets. This allows you to leave a significant gift to the charity upon your passing.


It's advisable to consult with a financial advisor or tax professional to determine the most appropriate charitable giving option based on your specific financial situation and retirement plans.