Best Charitable Gifts to Make in 2018

January 8, 2018

With the introduction of tax reform this year, you may be looking at your finances and wondering how you can continue to be charitable. There are many ways you can make a difference at the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation while enjoying financial benefits for yourself.

Here are some smart ways to give in 2018:

  • Donate appreciated stock: With the stock market at or near all-time highs, give your appreciated stocks to a nonprofit like the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and eliminate capital gains tax.
  • Name us as a beneficiary of retirement plan assets: These assets remain taxable when distributed to a loved one but are tax-free when given to a nonprofit.
  • Give from your IRA (if age 70½ or older): Regardless of whether you itemize your taxes, this gift helps you fulfill your required minimum distribution and is not considered taxable income.
  • Gifts of real estate: Many real estate markets are enjoying gains. Appreciated real estate may be subject to capital gains tax unless donated to charity or transferred to a charitable trust.

Talk With Your Tax Professional
Please consult with your tax or financial advisors to determine the best charitable giving strategies for you.

We Can Help
We are so grateful for your generosity. Please contact Robin Taylor at (515) 262-3111 x373 to discuss how your gift can help further our mission.

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The picture is a flashback to 2011 when the Iowa State Fair created an area showcasing renewable energy technologies. The landscape of Expo Hill includes solar powered landscape lighting, solar cooled benches and solar powered Wi-Fi benches.

The space hosts free entertainment and activities like Fitness on the Hill or Super Tall Paul. This improvement to the Fairgrounds is just one of many over the years thanks to the generosity of donors like you.