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The Benefits of Charitable Giving

In the United States, charitable giving is big business. Americans gave $327 billion to charity in 2021 alone, and that number is only expected to grow in the years to come. So what are the benefits of charitable giving? For many people, it’s the idea of helping others, and for some it’s the tax benefits. We’ll assume that most of our readers understand the public-benefit side, so this post will focus on the tax benefits of charitable giving. We’ll also offer information on how to claim a charitable tax deduction.

What Are The Benefits of Charitable Giving?

A charitable tax deduction is a tax break that you receive for donating money or goods to a charitable organization. Donating for a cause and investing either of these into charity can bring you lots of benefits. However, we’d drafted the four benefits of giving to charitable organizations, we consider the most important:

  • Financial Benefits: Lower your taxes by reducing your taxable income — that is, the amount of income that is subject to taxation — with charitable deductions. Most donations receive a dollar-for-dollar deduction, so giving away one dollar nets you a one-dollar deduction from your taxable income.
  • Capital Efficiency: Donating money to charities allows you to invest in causes you believe in and to optimize that giving according to your own goals. For example, Bill and Melinda Gates donated significant Microsoft equity to their foundation and saved billions in taxes. This allowed them to allocate that money to charitable causes they believe in, such as eradicating malaria, instead of sending that money to the government.
  • Social Capital: Increase your public visibility and social clout. High-net-worth individuals often use their foundations, for example, to fund galas or to buy naming rights in institutions.
  • Altruism: The satisfaction of helping others.

What are the limits on charitable deductions for 2023?

Charitable giving carries many benefits, but there are limits on the financial benefits.

You can deduct your donations to charity on your federal income tax return, your state income tax return, or both. If you donate money or goods to a qualifying charity or entity, you can deduct the fair market value of those donations from your taxable income.

The IRS has set specific limits on how much you can deduct each year. For example, the charitable deduction limit for cash donations in 2023 is 60% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). The charitable deduction limit for appreciated assets (like public company stock, cryptocurrency, real estate, and startup equity) is 30% of your AGI. Your adjusted gross income is the amount of income you have earned minus any deductions you may claim. To determine your maximum charitable deduction, you will need to know your AGI.

The financial benefits of charitable tax deductions are significant. If you donate $500,000 to charity and have a 50% tax rate, you can save $250,000 on your taxes alongside the other benefits mentioned above.

What kinds of charitable organizations can I donate to?

Donating money to charities is a straightforward process, and as we previously explained, there are tons of benefits of charitable donations. But, what the right kind of organization you should invest your money on?

There are many different charitable organizations that you can donate to in order to receive a charitable tax deduction. Some of the most common include:

  • Public Foundations such as churches, educational institutions and non-profit hospitals.
  • Donor advised fund (DAF): A DAF is an entity that allows you to receive an upfront charitable deduction, invest the money, and give the returns to charity in the future.
  • Private foundation: A foundation is a nonprofit corporation or a charitable trust that makes grants to organizations, institutions, or individuals for charitable purposes. The purpose of a private foundation can often be molded to your goals and it is common for family members and friends to run or play a role in your foundation.
  • Charitable Lead Annuity Trust: This is a trust that gives you a charitable deduction equal to the value of the assets you donate to the trust. You’ll make annual donations to one of the qualified charitable entities described above, and you will receive the remainder of assets at the end of the trust’s specified length. (You can learn more here.)
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Donating money to charities carries significant benefits for everyone involved. There is the obvious good it does in the world, as well as social and financial benefits for the donor.

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