Charitable Giving Tax Strategy - Bunching Charitable Donations

Amy Jordan |


Bunching Donations in Donor Advised Funds

Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) can be used to bunch multiple years’ worth of charitable donations in a single year to receive maximum tax benefits. Gifts to DAFs are tax-deductible. You can itemize deductions when opening a DAF and claim the Standard Deduction the other years. Combine two or three years of charitable contributions in one calendar year to exceed the standard deduction in that year, then use the assets in the DAF to support your favorite charities, even in years when you take the standard deduction.

Below is an example of a married couple, filing jointly, who typically gives $5,000 a year to charity can benefit from bunching their charitable contributions into $15,000 donation every three years. In this example, the couple itemizes in years one and four and takes the standard deduction in years two, three, five and six.

Hudson Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund program is a simple, flexible, and tax-wise way to manage your charitable giving.

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