While many of your clients will benefit from reduced tax rates and expanded tax brackets under the new tax laws, it’s likely that many will elect not to itemize this year. Rather, they will opt to claim the higher standard deduction.

With that in mind, here are charitable giving strategies that allow your senior clients (donors) to take advantage of the higher standard deduction while also, avoiding taxes on their RMDs. And you can manage investments.


People age 72 (and qualified spouses) are able to direct distributions, called Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs), from their traditional IRAto eligible charitable organizations, thereby avoidingthe tax bite on the IRA distribution and with no effect on taxable income.  If the donor has reached their Required Beginning Date (RBD), amounts distributed count toward their Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). As a result, clients can take advantage of the higher standard deduction and avoid taxes on their RMD. It’s a win-win-win strategy that works.


Even though QCDs cannot be made to donor advised funds, private foundations or supporting organizations, iGiftFund offers QCD solutions that do qualify. These solutions include:

Designated Fund

Your client/donor directs their QCD to iGiftFund and specifies the charity or charities up-front. You invest the fund with an endowment objective and the donor selects a spending policy. iGiftFund will make annual distributions to the charities chosen, in amounts as allocated by the donor. Clients at this age typically have favorite charities that fit this strategy. These funds can be used to support their favorite church, hospital, university, etc. The designated fund can be used to establish a scholarship program at the donor’s high school or college.

Field-of-Interest Fund

Your client specifies up front the philanthropic area of interest, i.e. the arts, health, the environment, etc. iGiftFund’s Board decides annually which charity or charities best fit the client’s chosen field of interest.

Unrestricted Fund

Your client leaves the decision for grantmaking to iGiftFund’s Board to address the changing needs of the community, typically in collaboration with the donor’s local community foundation which understands the needs of the community.

What are the advantages to you client of these strategies?

Your client can:

  • Create the fund in their name or that of a loved one as an enduring legacy
  • Receive Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) from IRAs and satisfy required minimum distributions requirements (RMD) with no effect on Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)
  • Contribute a wide variety of asset types
  • Enjoy the best available tax benefits
  • Recommend you to manage investments in open architecture on your familiar investment platform. Your role is much like that in iGiftFund’s donor advised fund
  • Add to the fund as desired
  • Retain an option in a designated fund to redirect support should the specified charity cease to exist

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About iGiftFund

iGiftFund is an IRS-recognized, independent, public charity that sponsors donor advised funds.  Its mission is to inspire donors to create, preserve and distribute their philanthropic legacy and to make a truly remarkable impact on the lives of others, including the donor.

With the hallmarks of simplicity, accessibility and low administrative fees, iGiftFund sets the standard of excellence in the industry and distinguishes itself from the large, national commercial and independent DAF sponsors. Based in Hudson, Ohio, iGiftFund works nationally with donors and with financial advisors on their familiar investment platform, in open architecture. iGiftFund’s administrative fees are the most competitive in the industry, starting at just 45 basis points on the first $500,000 tier.