Five Tips: End of Year Giving

Most individuals make charitable gifts at the end of the year yet don’t always consider the best way to make a gift. Your giving makes a big difference in the lives of the Scouts and families served by OCBSA. This year you might consider how the following strategies might benefit you as you plan to support Scouting.

  1. Estimate your income and tax liability before December 31. As you may already know, by the time you fill out your income tax return in 2019, it will be too late to make charitable donation for this year.
  2. Consider using non-cash assets. Look at the stocks you have held for more than a year. It may be wiser to make a gift using stocks that have sizable appreciation instead of cash. You can receive an income tax deduction for the value of the stock(s) if it is transferred to a non-profit and thereby avoid capital gain tax when the stock is sold .
  3. Consider making a gift that pays an income back to you. OCBSA offers a variety of life-income plans to fit your needs. You can make a gift now, realize tax saving benefits, and receive a lifetime income such as with a Gift Annuity. Our income plans are a great way to supplement retirement income.
  4. If you are over 70 ½ years of age, consider making a direct transfer from an IRA or SEPIRA to OCBSA. The transfer counts toward the annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) rule, and avoids income tax.
  5. Talk to your advisor. Before making any significant gift, have your CPA, attorney, or other advisor help you to plan and understand the impact of the gift on your estate and 2018 income tax return.

There is still time to do some planning in the weeks ahead. For more information about how you can personally benefit from making an “End of Year” gift to OCBSA contact Devon Dougherty, CFRE, Assistant Scout Executive at, or call 714.546.8558 ext. 145.

The information above is not intended as legal advice. Before making a charitable contribution you should seek the advice of your personal accountant, or tax counsel.