Thank you for your support of Merrimack College. While the health and wellbeing of our family and loved ones is our top priority at this time, our office is open as a resource for donors considering making an impact during these unprecedented times.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) replaces the expired CARES Act, which was created to help individuals, businesses, and nonprofits facing economic hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. While many of your giving options and opportunities have not changed, there are a few key points to note:
The CAA continues the CARES Act provision to allow full tax deductibility for all cash gifts up to $300 regardless of whether you itemize or not, and expands it to $600 for married couples filing jointly. For individuals who do itemize, gifts to Merrimack College are now tax deductible up to 100% of your adjusted gross income (up from 60% in previous years).
While you may look at $300 as a small gift, we remind you that gifts of all types and sizes combine to have a huge impact!
The CARES Act of 2020 waived required minimum distributions (RMD) for the 2020 tax year. That waiver has not been extended. Many of you have used your RMD to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your IRA directly to Merrimack College, and that remains a beneficial option.
If you are 70½ or older, you can make a gift from your IRA or name Merrimack College as a beneficiary.
Donor-Advised Fund: distributing funds already in your donor advised fund (DAF) doesn't affect personal financial security, so you can give to Merrimack College without worry
Bequests: designating Merrimack College as the recipient of a specific amount or percentage has no impact on you now, but will have a large impact on Merrimack College later
Beneficiary: including Merrimack College as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, 401(k), or other retirement account is always an easy way to plan a gift
And there's more! Contact Leila C. Rice at 978-837-5997 or firstname.lastname@example.org to explore how you can support your family and Merrimack College.
In these delicate and unprecedented times, we're especially grateful for your support. We welcome your questions and comments. Contact us any time.
As always, please consult a qualified advisor before making a new gift commitment.
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