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The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville provides you with a simple, powerful, and highly-personalized approach to giving. We offer a variety of giving tools to help people achieve their charitable goals. You can make a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets to the Community Foundation for any fund we manage. Most charitable gifts qualify for maximum tax advantage under federal law.  For more information about the Community Foundation's Gift Acceptance Policy, please contact giving@communityfoundationhsv.org.

Use this simple calculator to figure out the net cost of a donation. Just enter the amount you would like to give and your federal tax bracket (see chart). The calculator will display the net cost of the donation and the tax savings. Note that when you make a donation of appreciated assets, such as publicly-traded stock, you get an additional tax advantage by avoiding capital gains tax on some or all of the appreciated value of the asset.


2019 Federal Income Tax Brackets and Rates

Taxable Income

RateSingle FilersMarried Joint FilersMarried Filing SeparatelyHead of Household
10% $0 to $9,700 $0 to $19,400 $0 to $19,700 $0 to $13,850
12% $9,701 to $39,475 $19,401 to $78,950 $19,701 to $39,475 $13,851 to $52,850
22% $39,476 to $84,200 $78,951 to $168,400 $39,476 to $84,200 $52,851 to $84,200
24% $84,201 to $160,725 $168,401 to $321,450 $84,201 to $160,725 $84,201 to $160,700
32% $160,726 to $204,100 $321,451 to $408,200 $160,726 to $204,100 $160,701 o $204,100
35% $204,101 to $510,300 $408,201 to $612,350 $204,101 to $306,175 $204,101 to $510,300
37% Over $510,301 Over $612,350 Over $306,176 Over $510,301

Give to Your Fund

The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville offers several easy contribution options. If you have any questions, please contact giving@communityfoundation.org.

Credit Card

Online credit card contributions (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover) can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week on our website by clicking the Donate button below.

Wire Transfers of cash

Please include the fund name and the amount of the gift in your communication to the Community Foundation. There may be a fee from your financial institution to send a wire. Wires are processed the same day. There is a smaller fee from your financial institution to send an ACH transfer. ACH transfers are processed in 2-3 business days.

Wire to:

  • Bank of America
  • One Kansas City Place 1200 Main
  • Kansas City, MO 64105
  • Fed Wire ABA #026009593
  • For credit to: Greater Horizons Account No.: 00-3490-478773
  • Contribution to: Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville (Your fund’s name)

ACH transfer to:

  • Bank of America
  • One Kansas City Place 1200 Main
  • Kansas City, MO 64105
  • ACH ABA #081000032
  • For credit to: Greater Horizons Account No.: 00-3490-478773
  • Contribution to: Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville (Your fund’s name)

Check

Make checks payable to the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, with your fund name noted in the memo section. Mail to 303 Williams Avenue SW, Suite 1031, Huntsville, Alabama 35801.

Transfers of Securities

Please include the fund name, a description of the shares, and the name of the brokerage firm in your communication to the Community Foundation.

Stock, corporate bonds, and other marketable securities:

Wire to:

  • National Financial
  • DTC #0226
  • For credit to: Greater Horizons Account
  • No.: NEX-003131
  • Contribution to: Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville (Your fund’s name)

Government securities, including treasury bills, notes, bonds and FNMAs:

Greater Horizons, our back-office-partner, must authorize acceptance of these securities, and the Community Foundation will work with you to provide any information necessary to secure such acceptance. Please contact giving@communityfoundationhsv.org for questions. 

Mutual funds and closely-held securities:

If you would like to make a gift of mutual funds or restricted or closely-held securities, please call us for instructions.


Give to Our Fund

Join like-minded citizens, leaders and philanthropists who believe in the power of giving to generate positive change in our community today.

Grant

For Community Foundation fundholders, you may make a grant to one of our funds through DonorCentral or by submitting a fillable Donor Suggestion Form. Click to access a complete list of grant guidelines. Please send your completed form or refer questions to giving@communityfoundationhsv.org.

Check

Make checks payable to the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, with your fund name noted in the memo section. Mail to 303 Williams Avenue SW, Suite 1031, Huntsville, Alabama 35801. To donate to a specific fund, please note on the check.

Credit Card

Online credit card contributions (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover) can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week on our website by clicking the Donate button below.


Complex Assets

You may be able to attain a new level of giving you may not have considered possible through assets you already own. You can use our expertise to quickly and easily donate hard-to-value assets to donor advised funds. We specialize in accepting donations of complex assets, including:

  • Charitable Gifts of Real Estate
  • Personal Residence
  • Commercial Property
  • Farmland or Undeveloped Property
  • Other Real Property
  • Charitable Gifts of Privately-Held Business Interests
  • C-Corp or S-Corp Stock
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC) Interests
  • Limited Partnership Interests
  • Other Alternative Asset Gifts
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • Retirement Plans
  • Negotiable Instruments
  • Oil and Gas Interests
  • Private Equity

This list is not intended to be all-inclusive of acceptable alternative assets. Gift acceptance is dependent upon asset review and approval.

 

Benefits

The Community Foundation is a public charity, so you will receive the maximum tax deduction allowed by law for your donation. You can also avoid capital gains tax, and you may be eligible to receive a lifetime income stream. We look at each donation individually and create charitable giving plans that maximize gifts to the community and provide bottom-line benefits to you.

We do not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This is for informational purposes only.


Charitable IRAs

Now it’s easier than ever to make the gift of a lifetime. The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville can help turn your individual retirement accounts (IRAs) into tax-saving charitable gifts. Extended tax benefits allow more people to experience the joy of giving during their lifetimes, meaning, you can give more for less.

Until recent legislation, there was a disincentive for retirees to give IRAs to charity during their lifetimes because withdrawals from IRAs were subject to income tax—even those given to charity. Thanks to the new legislation, American seniors can make the gift of a lifetime by giving their IRAs to charity without federal tax penalty. So your retirement funds can go further than ever before. Annually, retirement assets may become a preferred charitable gift for seniors. IRA distributions to charity can now again receive special tax advantages. Americans age 70½ and up can make tax-free IRA contributions to public charities such as your Community Foundation.

Your Community Foundation can help you connect to the causes you care about most. You can set up a charitable fund in your name or make an unrestricted gift. Giving is one of life’s pleasures; we can help you enjoy it today.

Charitable IRA FAQs

Why do donors want to give IRA assets to the Community Foundation?

After decades of deliberate saving, some of today’s retirees have more money in their IRAs than they need for daily living expenses and long-term care. For larger estates, a good portion of IRA wealth goes to estate taxes and income taxes of non-spousal beneficiaries; heirs may receive less than 50 percent of IRA assets passed on to them through estates.

Instead, IRA holders may choose to leave their IRAs to qualified charitable organizations—choosing charity over taxes.

Which donors stand to benefit most from giving their IRAs to charity?

Because charitable IRA transfers are not included in taxable income and not available for itemized charitable deductions, these special rules may benefit many different types of individuals:

• Generous donors—When making a major gift, some taxpayers may give more to charity than they can deduct that year. Donors cannot deduct more than 50 percent of their income for gifts of cash to public charities (30 percent, if giving to private foundations). Although amounts over 50 percent can be carried forward and deducted in future years, taxpayers will face an immediate tax bill and may lose some of the benefit of the deduction if they die before the gift has been fully deducted. Donors who consistently give above the limit will not be able to take advantage of the carry-forward provisions.

• Non-itemizers—Donors who regularly give a portion of their income to charity are not able to enjoy a tax break from the contribution if they take the standard deduction.

• Financially comfortable—Individuals or couples who distribute the minimum from their IRA—and have other forms of income to pay living expenses—may find that transferring their minimum distributions to the Community Foundation helps fulfill personal charitable goals, tax-free.

In the past, how did the tax law treat charitable gifts made from IRAs?

Prior to 2006, IRA holders faced a disincentive for giving retirement assets to charity during their lifetimes because all withdrawals from traditional IRAs were subject to income tax. Thanks to the renewed tax provision, retirees will be able to give far more support without being penalized, doing so during their lifetimes and seeing their gifts benefit their communities.

In the past, when a donor of any age withdrew IRA funds to make a charitable gift, he or she was liable to pay income tax on the withdrawal, offset to varying degrees by a charitable deduction for the gift.

As a consequence of this unfavorable tax treatment, very few individuals donated IRA funds to charity during their lifetimes.

How has the tax law changed?

The current law permits individuals to transfer up to $100,000 from individual retirement accounts directly to a qualifying charity without recognizing the assets transferred as income for federal tax purposes. A donor who has reached age 70½ is now allowed to exclude from his or her income tax calculations certain IRA withdrawals. In most circumstances, these charitable contributions are not tax deductible unless the retirement accounts were funded with after-tax dollars.

This provision is permanent.

What are the advantages of this renewed law?

When given through the Community Foundation, the tax benefits now available to American seniors will encourage new contributions from individuals who will no longer have to pay tax on a charitable gift of IRA funds. When given through a community foundation, these contributions can support all aspects of community well-being: arts and culture, economic development, education, environment, health and human services, neighborhood revitalization and more.

Now it is easier than ever for more people to enjoy the experience of making the tax-free gift of a lifetime using their excess retirement assets.

What if a donor contributes more than $100,000 from an IRA?

Because the amount that the donor is able to exclude from income is limited to $100,000 under the act, the remaining amount would be recognized as income. With a married couple, each person can transfer $100,000 from his or her account.

Donors may choose to contribute additional amounts to charity; however, the extent to which additional amounts can be deducted from their income will be determined following general rules of itemized deductions where the charitable percentage limitations and itemized deduction reduction are factors.

What is the itemized deduction reduction?

Higher income taxpayers must reduce their itemized deductions by the lesser of 3 percent of the amount by which their income exceeds a certain amount – $250,000 for individuals, $275,000 for heads of households and $300,000 for married couples filing jointly.

These taxpayers can lose up to 80 percent of the value of their deductions because most itemized deductions have to be reduced by 3 percent of the amount by which the taxpayer’s income exceeds a certain number, or 80 percent of the taxpayer’s itemized deductions.

Example: A married couple filing jointly has $500,000 in adjusted gross income (AGI) and because their AGI exceeds the $305,050 threshold, the 3 percent reduction applies to this couple’s itemized deductions.

AGI $500,000

Excess of couple’s AGI over $305,500 = $194,950

3% reduction x 3%

_______________

Reduction of itemized deductions $5,848.50

The couple’s itemized deductions will be reduced by the lesser of $5,848 or 80% of the itemized deductions.

Does a donor also receive a charitable deduction when he or she transfers assets to a charity under this provision?

No. The benefit under this provision is that the individual does not realize the amount contributed directly from the IRA to a qualifying charity. Because a donor does not include the amount in his or her gross income, the individual may not take a charitable contribution deduction for the contribution. To do so would allow a donor to receive a double benefit from the contribution. For this reason, charitable contribution deductions are explicitly prohibited.

How will charitable distributions affect the minimum required distributions from a taxpayer’s IRA?

Shortly after an individual reaches age 70½, he or she is generally required to receive distributions from his or her traditional IRA. Distributions from an IRA to a charity will receive the same treatment as distributions to the individual taxpayer for the purposes of minimum required distributions.

Are there any IRA transfers to the Community Foundation that do not qualify for preferred tax treatment?

Yes. Transfers to Supporting Organizations and Donor Advised Funds do not qualify. In addition, split interest gifts, such as Charitable Annuities, Charitable Lead Trusts and Charitable Remainder Trusts, do not qualify. Further, an individual may not receive a benefit in return for an IRA distribution.

Because such transfers do not count as qualified distributions under these special rules, the donor will have to first recognize those distributions as income. The donor’s charitable deduction must then be calculated as a regular itemized deduction.

How can an IRA gift be made?

IRAs are typically held by a financial service or trust company. These custodians will likely provide a form that could be used to transfer the IRA directly to charity, with no tax incurred.

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