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About Year-end Charitable Gifts and Grantmaking

The holiday season is a popular time for giving to the causes that matter most to you. The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation is your partner in philanthropy, and we are here to help you make the most impact with your year-end giving. 
Consider these charitable giving tips to help make your year-end go smoothly:
Donating long-term appreciated securities—rather than selling the assets and then donating the cash proceeds—is one of the easiest ways for donors to increase their charitable dollars and maximize their impact in the community. If it’s time to re-balance your portfolio, consider a charitable gift with the appreciated positions.
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If you are over the age of 70½ and do not need the liquidity of your IRA’s required minimum distribution, consider a Qualified Charitable Distribution as an establishing gift for a designated fund or an area of interest fund at LVCF.
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To be eligible for a 2018 charitable tax deduction, you may need to initiate certain contributions now. Some assets such as mutual funds and restricted stock take longer to accept and process, so advanced planning is required to meet year-end deadlines.
A donor-advised fund is a valuable tool that separates the giving decision from the tax decision. We have seen many donors employ a strategy of “donation bunching” through a donor-advised fund. Learn more...

Through creative gift planning at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, you may be able to do more for yourself and for the causes that matter to you.

Contact Erika at or call 610 351-5353, ext 13.