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IRA charitable distribution: Donate an IRA to charity

If you are over age 70½, you may give a qualified charitable distribution from an individual retirement account and potentially receive tax benefits

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Is donating an IRA to charity tax deductible?

Because charities do not pay income taxes on the donations they receive, distributions to charities will avoid being taxed as income. Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets, such as your individual retirement account (IRA), is an excellent way to make a contribution to a charity like St. Jude.

How does a qualifed charitable distribution work, and what qualifies as a charitable IRA rollover?

If you are over age 70½, you may give a gift from your IRA as a tax-free distribution to a qualified charity. This means an amount (up to $100,000 annually) transferred from your IRA directly to a charity like St. Jude can count toward your required minimum distribution without being considered taxable income for you. The deduction then lowers your adjusted gross income (AGI). The distribution, also known as an IRA Charitable Rollover, is authorized by Section 408(d)(8) of the Internal Revenue Code.

As a qualified charitable IRA rollover, the gift must be transferred from a traditional IRA directly to a qualified public charity like St. Jude and must be completed during the applicable tax year.

St Jude must receive your gift by Dec. 31 for your IRA charitable distribution to qualify for that tax year. 

Can a charity like St. Jude be the beneficiary of my IRA?

A beneficiary can be any person or entity, such as St. Jude, the owner chooses to receive the benefits of a retirement account or an IRA after the owner's lifetime. Make your IRA part of your legacy, and learn more about legacy giving at St. Jude to see the special way we honor your generosity.

ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice.  This material is prepared and made available to you for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide or be relied upon for tax, legal or accounting advice.  You should always consult a tax professional to determine your particular tax benefits that may result from any particular type of gift to charity.

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Can an IRA donation to charity count toward my required minimum distribution (RMD)?


A donation made through a QCD directly from your IRA to St. Jude, or another qualified charity, is tax free to you and, if you are required to take one, can be counted toward your required minimum distribution (RMD). You can begin donating your RMD through a QCD in the year you are required to begin taking those distributions. Your gift can be used to satisfy all or part of your RMD.

You can contact your IRA administrator and ask them to make a QCD. Download a sample Letter of Instruction to get started gifting to St. Jude.

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One in five children diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. won’t survive. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. With your support, we’ll be one step closer to that day. One cure closer. One child closer. Let’s cure childhood cancer. Together.  

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Why donate an IRA to St. Jude?

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Families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food so they can focus on helping their child live.

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When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was considered incurable. Since then, St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate from 20% to more than 80%, and we won't stop until no child dies from cancer.

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Every child deserves a chance to live their best life and celebrate every moment. When you support St. Jude, you help give kids with cancer around the world that chance. Together, we can save more lives.


Please use the following legal name and tax identification:


ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105


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We are a tax-exempt, charitable institution listed in the Federal Internal Revenue Service Publication #78, "Cumulative List of Organizations," revised IRS Code 501(c)(3).

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Our Gift Planning department has a representative in your area who can provide further information for making a qualified IRA charitable distribution or help you prepare the right questions to ask your financial advisor to determine what type of planned gift may be right for you.  Email, call (800) 395-1087, or fill out the form below, and a St. Jude representative will contact you. 

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