Strategies to Maximize Your Year-End Donations

Make your gift to UJA by Tuesday, December 31, 2019. It might help reduce your taxes and will make an impact on millions of New Yorkers in need and Jews around the world.

Make a Gift of Cash
You could lower your 2019 income taxes simply by making a gift to UJA online by credit card by the end of the year, or mail your check postmarked no later than December 31, 2019. Gifts of cash can be fully deductible up to a maximum of 60% of your adjusted gross income. Ask your tax advisor about these deductions and how they can benefit you.

Transfer-Appreciated Securities
As the stock market rises, your tax advisor may suggest that now is the time to donate your appreciated securities to UJA-Federation. This may help to avoid capital gains taxes.

To make a gift of securities, contact  or 212.836.1612.

Give Through the IRA Charitable Rollover
Individuals age 70 ½ and older may be able to make direct transfers totaling up to $100,000 per year from their IRAs to UJA-Federation without tax implications. These transfers can be used to meet your required minimum distributions. Transfers to UJA, a qualified charity, must be completed by December 31, 2019, and distributions must be made directly to UJA.

Ask your tax advisor for details, and then call us at 212.836.1486.

Increase Your Impact
Many companies offer matching-gift programs. To see if your or your spouse’s company offers a match, email .

Participate in Planned Giving
For more information about the Planned Giving programs below, call 212.836.1247 or email .

Leave UJA in Your Will
It can be easy to include UJA in your estate plan. UJA can be named as a beneficiary in a will or trust, often by codicil, without the need to redraft your documents. These are the most common legacy gifts made to UJA and does not affect your assets in your lifetime.

Designate UJA as a Beneficiary
You can choose to make UJA a beneficiary of your IRA, bank account, brokerage account, insurance policy, or other financial account. These options are easy and free. Simply obtain a beneficiary form and designate UJA as one of the beneficiaries on your account. Retirement assets are among the most heavily taxed inherited assets, and you could benefit by using these accounts to make a charitable gift.

Create a CGA
Support UJA and receive income for yourself or a loved one by creating a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA). A CGA can provide a steady income stream, tax savings, and the satisfaction of providing for UJA with vital long-term resources.

We are here to help
If you have a question, please let us know.


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Thank you always for your generosity!

The forgoing is for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as tax or legal advice. Some information may not be relevant for all individuals. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PERSONAL ADVISOR for specific information and guidance concerning your individual legal, tax, and financial situation.