Check Gifts Q&A

Are there benefits to using checks instead of securities to fund a charitable gift?

Yes. It’s a simple and easy way to give. Plus, if you itemize on your tax return, you can claim charitable deductions for check gifts up to 60 percent of your contribution base, which generally is equal to your adjusted gross income. This is compared to only 30 percent for most gifts of appreciated securities.

The actual savings depends upon your tax bracket - the higher the tax bracket, the higher the deduction.

For instructions on how to make a gift to The Dayton Foundation, click here.

With any gift arrangement, we recommend that you consult with your financial planner or attorney first. All gifts are subject to approval by the Foundation’s Gift Acceptance Committee and the Governing Board. For more information or to discuss a gift plan that works for your individual needs, contact a member of our Development Department at (937) 222-0410.

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File date: 09.11.23


Michelle Lovely

“Did you know a deferred charitable gift annuity could be used to offset your taxable income today, then provide funds for your favorite charities after your lifetime? Contact me for more about this and other planned giving options.”
Michelle Lovely, senior vice president, Development and Donor Services, (937) 225-9948

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