Donate to Make a Difference
Our guests face tough choices everyday when their family budgets don’t stretch far enough for even the basic needs of housing, heat and food. Thanks to generous individuals like you, Open Table’s community dinner programs and onsite pantries for extra groceries make a real difference to our guests’ well-being. You can make a one-time donation, or consider one of these options:
- Become a corporate, community business or organization sponsor. Join our list of supporters today!
- Consider a monthly gift to Open Table. A gift of $10.00 each month will provide a guest’s nutritious meal at Open Table each week. If you can give $25.00 each month, your donation will support weekly groceries for a household of four with children.
- Give a gift to Open Table “in lieu of gifts” to family and friends for special occasions throughout the year. Send your donation check and the name and address of the person on whose behalf you are making the donation and we will send a special note saying “a gift has been given to Open Table in your honor by (your name).”
Your donation to Open Table is fully tax-deductible.
Consider including Open Table in your financial planning. You can help those in need while receiving tax benefits. Options include donating IRA required distributions or appreciated assets, lifetime giving, establishing Open Table as a beneficiary for trusts, insurance and other assets, and more. If you have any questions, please contact our treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org or your financial advisor.
Open Table does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisers before engaging in any transaction.
Donate your IRA Required Minimum Distribution
If you are 70.5 years of age or older and have an IRA please consider donating your RMD to Open Table Tax-Free before year end.
If donated as a tax-free transfer, your donation counts as your required minimum distribution, but doesn’t increase your adjusted gross income, therefore you will not pay any federal or state income taxes on the value of the donation. This may also help you manage your income so you may pay a lower cost for Medicare Part B and perhaps minimize or avoid the Medicare High Income surcharge too! This of course depends on your unique financial situation so please review with a Certified Financial Planner, (CFP) or CPA first.
The catch is you must have the RMD be sent directly to the Open Table. If you withdraw it first then give it to the Open Table, the donation may be itemized and can be deducted as a charitable contribution but the withdrawal will be included in your adjusted gross income. You can take one or the other tax benefit but not both. If your IRA administrator doesn’t offer check writing and instead transfers the money directly to the Open Table per your instructions, please be sure to call us and let us know to expect it so we know it is from you! Funds coming from Donor Advised Funds (DAF) accounts don’t qualify as a tax-free transfer either.
Donate Appreciated Assets
Highly appreciated securities may be good candidates to give to charity during your lifetime; in addition to the income tax deduction, you bypass the capital gains tax that would be owed if you cashed them in yourself.
Generally speaking, lifetime gifts to charities can result in an income tax deduction for you. But before you make a sizable gift, be sure to seek tax advice. You’re eligible for itemized deductions for charitable contributions up to a certain percentage of your adjusted gross income for cash contributions. Another limit applies for contributions of appreciated securities or property in any one year. You may be able to carry forward amounts that exceed the limit and deduct them over the next five years.
Trusts, Retirement Accounts, Real Estate and Life Insurance
Did you know you can make Open Table a beneficiary on your Trust, Retirement accounts and Life Insurance? Look for our Estate Planning and Charity Informational Series next year for more information or call us to learn more now.
Make an Impact
Your donation makes an impact.
- $1000 Buys $7,600 of food from the Greater Boston Food Bank
- $500 Provides 2700 meals worth of groceries
- $300 Feeds 100 people at our community dinner
- $200 Buys $1500 worth of groceries
- $100 Supplies 90 families with meat and fish for a week
- $50 Provides a week of groceries for 6 families
- Every amount makes a difference!