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5 Tips for Smart Giving at Year End
/ November 14, 2017
By: Jody Dilday   

There’s no denying it…cooler temps, changing leaves, and the “fall back” from Daylight Savings Time all signal that the HOLIDAYS will soon be here!  Before long, we’ll be gathering to celebrate the season and reflecting on another year that has quickly passed. 

For many of us, the end of year is an ideal time to make charitable gifts.  Every day, Arkansas Community Foundation works with Arkansans to achieve Smart Giving to Improve Communities. 

Here are 5 tips to achieve Smart Giving at year end:
  1. Give an asset that provides you with the maximum tax benefit. You know the old saying, “cash is king"? Well….that’s not always the case. Sometimes it makes more sense to give a non-cash gift to charity. Doing so can help you reduce capital gains, avoid estate taxes, or minimize taxable income, thereby supporting your overall financial strategy. Talk with your professional advisor about what makes the most sense for you and your goals. Arkansas Community Foundation is equipped to accept complicated gifts and distribute the proceeds to your charity of choice. We’d be more than happy to help.
  2. Utilize a giving tool that best fits your income level, your tax-savings goals, and your philanthropic priorities. How you give to charity may differ from your neighbor or depending on your stage of life. Whether you give modest annual gifts to causes you care about, want to continue supporting an organization close to your heart forever, or have the means to make a larger impact…the Community Foundation has flexible tools for smart giving. Check out our Giving Toolkit to find just the right tool for you.
  3. Fund general operations to make the greatest impact for the organization you believe in. At year-end, most nonprofit organizations are striving to meet their budget. Gifts in support of general operating expenses are incredibly beneficial. These “unrestricted” gifts empower the organization to determine where and how the money will be used—whether for a major program development, hiring additional staff, or simply maintaining their facility.  Unrestricted donations also provide the charity flexibility and security to advance its mission by planning initiatives for the following calendar year. Similarly, a gift to your community’s Giving Tree endowment enables the Foundation to plan for and respond to the ever-changing needs in your community.
  4. Take advantage of matching gift opportunities to DOUBLE your impact! Who doesn’t love a two for one special? Hundreds of companies across the country match their employees’ contributions to eligible nonprofits; essentially DOUBLING your gift! To find out if your employer offers a matching gifts program, check with the Human Resources or Corporate Social Responsibility Department where you work. You can also leverage your charitable dollars by contributing during a special challenge. Currently the Community Foundation is offering a special incentive to encourage IRA gifts. A dollar for dollar match will be provided for IRA charitable rollover gifts made to any local Affiliates’ Giving Tree endowments until June 2018. Email Ashley Coldiron to learn more.
  5. Give Where You Live! By all means… give to support medical research, fund projects that provide clean water, or sponsor a global mission. But remember to Give Where You Live as well!  At the Community Foundation we ASPIRE to improve the quality of life for all Arkansans. Let’s work together! With smart giving we can improve communities!
As the end of the year approaches, remember your friends at the Community Foundation are ready to help you. 



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