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Donate with an IRA charitable distribution

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. Charitable donations from an IRA may provide tax benefits as well.

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St. Jude patient Addison smiles alongside her mother and grandmother.

St. Jude patient Addison with her mom and grandmother


Why donate from an IRA?

Donating from an IRA to a charity has benefits for both you and nonprofits.

Is donating from an IRA to charity tax deductible?

Qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) to eligible charities up to $105,000 avoid being subject to federal income taxes. You can make IRA-qualified charitable distributions from traditional IRAs, inactive Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plans, and inactive Saving Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE) IRA. 

If you are age 70½ or above, you can make QCDs directly from your IRA to St. Jude or another eligible charitable organization. This distribution may be excluded from your federal taxable income and potentially provide other benefits.

You should consult a tax advisor or other professional for additional information regarding your specific situation.

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

If you are over age 70 ½, you may give a gift from your IRA as a tax-free distribution to a qualified charity. This means an amount (up to $105,000 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. 

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.


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

If you’re age 70 ½ or older and you need to take a required minimum distribution (RMD – the withdrawals you’re legally required to make), you may be eligible to have a qualified charitable distribution to St. Jude count toward your RMD up to $105,000. In this way, you can support the children at St. Jude while also potentially satisfying your RMD in the year of your gift.

You should consult a tax advisor or other professional for additional information regarding your specific situation. Download a sample Letter of Instruction to get started gifting to St. Jude.

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St. Jude patient Kenadie


Can a charity be the beneficiary of my IRA?

Yes, you can choose for St. Jude to be the beneficiary and receive the benefits of your retirement account or IRA. Supporting a charitable organization, like St. Jude, with your IRA account is an excellent way to give back in a meaningful way.

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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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Why donate to St. Jude?

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Families never receive a bill from St. Jude 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 largely 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 can help make cures possible for kids with cancer. Together, we can save more lives.


We're here to help

Our Gift Planning department has a representative in your area who can provide further information or help you prepare the right questions to ask your financial advisor to determine what type of planned gift may be right for you.

If you have made St. Jude part of your legacy through a bequest or will, please let us know so that we can honor your generosity and better plan for the future.

Email, call (800) 395-1087, or fill out the form below, and a St. Jude representative will contact you. 

Are you a financial advisor, estate planner or attorney? Call (800) 837-2757, email or fill out this Advisors form instead.

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Have you left St. Jude in your will or estate plan? 

As an acknowledgment of your generosity when you give a gift to St. Jude through your will or estate plan, you become a member of the Danny Thomas – St. Jude Society, and we recognize your commitment to the mission of St. Jude in a variety of ways.

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St. Jude patient Aspen


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