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Though the COVID-19 era is both a complex and fluid situation, the Foundation's work and our mission to serve the University remains unwavering, as do our positive thoughts for alumni and friends. To say that it's a unique time in the history of our country would be an understatement.

Because of the international pandemic and its economic consequences, on March 27, 2020 the House and Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. There are three big changes that came out of the CARES Act that you should be aware of:

Cash Gifts - Individuals may deduct $300 above-the-line. This charitable deduction enables a taxpayer who is one of the 90% who take the standard deduction to also benefit from his or her charitable gifts. The $300 above-the-line deduction must be gifts of cash by a non-itemizer and may not be to a donor advised fund or supporting organization.

100% Charitable Deduction Limit - The usual deduction limit for cash gifts to public charities is 60% of adjusted gross income (AGI). For 2020, gifts of cash to charity (excluding donor advised funds and supporting organizations) are deductible to 100% of AGI. The gift may be for any charitable purpose and is not limited to gifts for coronavirus relief.

Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Waiver - The RMD is waived for IRA and other qualified retirement plan owners for the year 2020. This provision will permit IRA and other qualified retirement plan owners to retain funds in their IRAs. Because the markets declined substantially after the current RMD was calculated based on the plan value on December 31, 2019, Congress determined that it was beneficial to waive the RMD for 2020. Loyal donors may still wish to use IRA funds to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD). The QCD is available up to $100,000 for individuals who are over age 70½.

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Our certified gift planning team continues to monitor the evolving tax and giving situation. Please count on us to provide expert guidance and suggestions to any charitable giving questions or opportunities you may have.