Gift of IRA Rollover Assets Story:
Paul is a long-time supporter of St. John’s School, having given to the Annual Fund every year since his graduation 55 years ago. Those gifts have grown over time from a nominal amount in the early years to $5,000 in the most recent cycle. Professionally, Paul founded and built his successful insurance business into a well-respected and well-managed company, and he recently sold his stake in the company to his employees, generating a significant financial benefit for himself. Being the sound investor and planner that he is, he also built a 401(k) plan for himself, a plan that he recently converted to an IRA with holdings in the range of $2 million.
Now at age 72, Paul has to withdraw a minimum required amount from that plan — 3.65% or roughly $73,000 — which is income that Paul does not need and would rather not pay taxes on. His financial advisor, who also manages the IRA for him, suggested that he roll over some of his Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) to the charities he cares about, including St. John's. In that way, Paul can make a major gift, avoid having to take the RMD, and eliminate the tax that would have come with the distribution. Now that he has access to a new source of philanthropic resources from his IRA, Paul is able to double his Annual Fund gift to 10,000, start an endowed scholarship fund with an additional gift of $25,000, and still have some of his RMD rollover available for other charitable organizations. Best of all, he can do this every year, thus building his endowment fund over the years to a sizable gift.