Cash, In-Kind, Stock & IRA Donations

PMC does accept cash, in-kind, stock, and IRA donations. Here is some information relating to these kinds of gifts.

Cash and In-Kind Donations
PMC is a nonprofit organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charity. Our IRS approval letter is available upon request. Copies of PMC’s annual financial statements and program information are also available at our main office and upon request. PMC can provide assistance to donors wishing to structure deferred gifts, a bequest, or trusts. Grants and donations can be made to:

Population Media Center
30 Kimball Avenue, Suite 302
South Burlington, VT 05403
U.S.A.
1-802-985-8156
1-802-985-8119 fax
pmc@populationmedia.org


Procedure For Stock Donations To Population Media Center
Gifts of appreciated stock have the benefit of providing a tax deduction at the full market value of the stock (if held longer than one year), even though the stock may have been purchased at a much lower cost, and avoiding capital gains taxes that would ensue if the stock were sold.

SECURITIES IN THE HANDS OF A BROKER
To transfer stock, please take the following steps:

  1. Notify Population Media Center of the company name and number of shares you plan to donate. Contact Bill Rider (rider@populationmedia.org), Vice President of Finance, at Population Media Center
  2. Have your broker transfer shares to the DTC clearing number 0164, Code 40 at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., with a notation to credit Population Media Center’s account (#7171-1032). If you or your broker have any questions, please call Population Media Center.

SECURITIES (CERTIFICATE) PHYSICALLY IN THE HANDS OF THE DONOR

Mail the certificate with a letter stating specifically what is being donated and the designation of the gift to Population Media Center, Inc. In a separate envelope, mail an endorsed stock power with a copy of the letter. Both should be mailed to

Population Media Center
Att: Bill Rider, VP of Finance
30 Kimball Avenue, Suite 302
South Burlington, VT 05403
U.S.A.


IRA Charitable Rollover – Permanently reinstated!

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed legislation indefinitely extending the charitable IRA rollover, making it retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015, with no expiration date.

The IRA Charitable Rollover was first enacted in 2006 as part of the Pension Protection Act. The provision expired and was reinstated multiple times. The provision allows individuals aged 70½ and older to donate up to $100,000 from their IRAs to public charities without having to count the distributions as taxable income.

Individuals may begin taking distributions from their IRAs as early as age 59½, but are required to begin taking them at age 70½. Normally, these distributions are subject to income taxes.

Since the provision was first enacted, Americans have made millions of dollars of new contributions to nonprofits — including social service programs, religious organizations, arts and cultural institutions, schools, and health care providers — that benefit people every day.

  • Eligibility Age. Taxpayers age 70½ and older are required to make annual distributions from their IRAs which are then included in the taxpayers’ adjusted gross income (AGI) and subject to taxes. The IRA Charitable Rollover permits those taxpayers to make donations directly to charitable organizations from their IRAs without counting them as part of their AGI and, consequently, without paying taxes on them.
  • Annual Cap. A donor’s total combined charitable IRA rollover contributions cannot exceed $100,000 in any one year.
  • Eligible Charities. Charitable contributions from an IRA must go directly to a public charity that is not a supporting organization. Contributions to donor-advised funds and private foundations, except in narrow circumstances, do not qualify for tax-free IRA rollover contributions.
  • Eligible Retirement Accounts. Distributions can only be made from traditional Individual Retirement Accounts or Roth IRAs. Charitable donations from 403(b) plans, 401(k) plans, pension plans, and other retirement plans are ineligible for the tax-free treatment.
  • Directly to the Charity. Distributions must be made directly from the IRA trustee payable to the public charity.
  • No Gifts in Return. Donors cannot receive any goods or services in return for charitable IRA rollover contributions in order to qualify for tax-free treatment.
  • Written Receipt. In order to benefit from the tax-free treatment, donors must obtain written substantiation of each IRA rollover contribution from each recipient charity.

As always, we suggest you consult with a lawyer or financial planner to determine if this is a good strategy for you.

 


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