Gifts Through Your IRA

Gift Details

If you are 70½ or older, you can make cash gifts totaling up to $100,000 from your traditional or Roth IRA to The Nature Conservancy without incurring federal income tax on the withdrawal.

This is good news for people who want to make a charitable gift during their lifetime from their retirement assets, but have been discouraged from doing so because of the income tax penalty. The current provision is retroactive to January 1, 2015 and does not expire.

Find a sample transfer letter

Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Who qualifies? Individuals who are age 70½ or older at the time of the contribution (you have to wait until your actual 70½th birthday to make the transfer).
  • How much can I transfer? Up to $100,000 per calendar year.
  • From what accounts can I make transfers? Transfers must come from your IRA directly to The Nature Conservancy. If you have retirement assets in a 401(k), 403(b) etc., you must first roll those funds into an IRA, and then you can direct the IRA provider to transfer the funds from the IRA directly to The Nature Conservancy. Do not withdraw the funds from your IRA account.
  • Can I use the rollover to fund life-income gifts (charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, or pooled income funds)? No, these are not eligible.
  • Can I use the rollover to fund donor advised funds or supporting organizations? No, these are not eligible.
  • Can I use the rollover to support a particular purpose at The Nature Conservancy? As with all other gifts, you can direct your IRA Charitable Rollover gift as you see fit.
  • How will the Conservancy count the gift? We will give you full credit for the entire gift amount.
  • What are the tax implications to me?
    • Federal – You do not recognize the transfer to the Conservancy as income, provided it goes directly from the IRA provider to us. However, you are not entitled to an income tax charitable deduction for your gift.
    • State – Each state has different laws, so you will need to consult with your own advisors. Some states have a state income tax and will include this transfer as income. Within those states, some will allow for a state income tax charitable deduction and others will not. Other states base their state income tax on the federal income or federal tax paid. Still other states have no income tax at all.
  • Does this transfer qualify as my minimum required distribution? Once you reach age 70½, you are required to take minimum distributions from your retirement plans each year, according to a federal formula. IRA charitable rollovers count towards your minimum required distributions for the year.
  • What if I already made a transfer in 2015? The current legislation is retroactive to January 1, 2015. If you have already made a direct transfer to The Nature Conservancy you do not need to declare that transfer as income.
  • How do I know if an IRA charitable rollover is right for me? You are at least age 70½ and
    • You do not need the additional income necessitated by the minimum required distribution, OR
    • Your charitable gifts already equal 50% of your adjusted gross income, so you do not benefit from an income tax charitable deduction for additional gifts, OR
    • You are subject to a rule that limits your itemized deductions, OR
    • You do not itemize deductions.
View Important Reminders About IRA Gifts.

If you have questions or would like to speak to someone on our Gift Planning team, please call us at (877) 812-3698 (toll-free) or email us today.

Please note that The Nature Conservancy cannot render tax or legal advice and we urge you to consult with your professional advisor about your situation before making a charitable gift.


Information that may interest you...

Read about why the Godshalks' decided to make the Conservancy an IRA beneficiary.

Learn how a gift of assets can benefit you and nature

See the gift that's right for you based on your goals.

You can protect prairies and other natural places by making a planned gift with The Nature Conservancy. Contact us today.

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