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What You Can Do Now
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe the poorest and most vulnerable members of society are being hardest hit and most likely will be the slowest to recover. They are in need of generosity now. And, while you may already be charitably inclined, the CARES Act provides enhanced tax savings advantages to making contributions this year.
Donors can consider giving to collaborative relief efforts at global, national, regional and local levels. They all need your support.If you are overwhelmed with choices about where to start, the following are some organizations and resources to consider.
Globally the World Health Organization (WHO) is one impactful choice. WHO’s primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations’ system and to lead in global health responses.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) is leading a regional effort with other Bay Area philanthropic partners through their COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund. SVCF is supporting lead organizations representing each of the ten Bay Area counties through this regional fund. If you want to make direct gifts within your local community, you can find information at their website: www.siliconvalleycf.org.
San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) is one of the lead organizations partnering with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Additionally, TSFF has established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to which you can contribute and, again, TSFF is another resource to find specific organizations including by county that need help. Go to www.sanfranciscofoundation.org.
Other Bay Area community foundations include The East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF), which serves both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Rounding out the ten Bay Area counties, Marin, Napa, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma also have community foundations that are recommended as part of COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. And, for those who live outside the Bay Area, please search for community foundations in your community.
For those with Donor Advised Fund accounts at Fidelity Charitable and Schwab Charitable, making gifts from your existing account may be the easiest path for you to give globally and locally. Both organizations provide lists of recommended charities to help you identify effective ways to make a difference with your giving.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides some strong tax incentives to give directly to charity in 2020. For this tax year only, there has been a temporary lifting of the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limitation for cash gifts made directly to a qualified charity. Under this new provision, taxpayers who itemize their deductions can deduct cash donations equal to 100% of their 2020 AGI (up from 60%). It is important to note that this does not apply to gifts of appreciated stock, contributions to a Donor Advised Fund or a supporting organization. Finally, although RMDs have been waived for 2020, donors can still make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) up to $100,000. QCDs allow direct gifts to charity where the gifted amount avoids recognition as taxable income to the retirement account owner.
Don’t hesitate to contact your Sand Hill Wealth Manager for additional guidance on ways to optimize your giving in the current environment. Above all, consider giving now, not later, or maybe later, again!
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