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Gift planning insights to build a plan for your future

The Gift Planning Blueprints blog offers planning insights, charitable giving news and stories of inspiration to help you plan for your future.

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You may have seen articles about donating IRA assets to a charity. For several years, donors 70 ½ or older have been able to make tax-free transfers from an IRA to a qualified charity. This transfer is known as a qualified charitable distribution, or “QCD.” Increase in QCD limit in 2024: Increase in QCD Gift […]

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People say it every December and it continues to be true: This past year went by so fast! It’s hard to believe we are approaching another 12/31 and thinking once again about how to reduce taxes while supporting your favorite charities (like Duke!) before the tax year ends. Here are some ideas: Donating publicly traded […]

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For many individuals and couples, a charitable gift annuity can be a simple, tax-savvy way to support the future of Duke University while enjoying the security of a fixed income for life, regardless of market performance. How does it work? Establish a gift annuity with a gift of $25,000 or more. Receive a one-time income […]

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Beginning January 1, 2023, the Secure Act 2.0 allows taxpayers to establish a charitable gift annuity with a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from their individual retirement account (IRA). With a charitable gift annuity, a donor makes a gift to a public charity—like Duke—in exchange for a fixed, lifetime payment. While taxpayers have established gift annuities […]

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President Biden recently signed into law the Secure Act 2.0. Among other things, this new law allows taxpayers to establish a charitable gift annuity with a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from their individual retirement account (IRA), starting in 2023. With a charitable gift annuity, a donor makes a gift to a public charity (like Duke!) […]

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The stock market has been on a wild ride recently. We enjoyed years of great returns until COVID-19 shocked Wall Street, leading prices to plummet in March 2020.  They recovered quickly until early this year when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, supply-chain concerns and inflation worries led to another big dip. And yet, at the time […]

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Have you ever considered making an impact at Duke with the gift that gives back? If so, there may not be a better time than right now. In times of market volatility, a charitable gift annuity can be a great option for many individuals and couples who want to support Duke’s mission and future generations […]

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As you’ve likely read in the headlines recently, interest rates are trending upward in response to rising inflation. If your financial plans include a philanthropic component (or you would like them to), you may have wondered how higher interest rates affect charitable planning. Each month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes a charitable discount rate […]

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The past year and a half has given us renewed perspective on what matters most. For many, that includes the well-being of ourselves and loved ones, financial stability and supporting causes that make a difference. In times like these, a charitable gift annuity is a great option for many individuals and couples who want to […]

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In this three-part series, we’ll explore strategic gift options and introduce you to Duke alumnae who have made lasting impacts on the university through planned giving. Whether you are just starting to consider how a legacy gift can work for you, or are already working with a financial advisor or estate attorney, we are here […]

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