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Research Newsletter-Fall/Winter 2011


Michele Erickson
LPI Director of Development

DONíT MISS this last chance opportunity to make a tax-free gift to the Linus Pauling Institute from your IRA!

Donors who are 70 1/2 or older can donate up to $100,000 per year from their IRA directly to a charity without paying income tax on the money. This is a significant incentive that removes the tax penalty for some donors who want to use their IRAs to fund a charitable gift. The IRA Charitable Rollover Legislation is only valid through December 2011.

  • Gifts can only be made from an IRA. Pension, 401k, profit sharing and other forms of retirement funds do not fall under this legislation. However, donors can roll over non-qualifying accounts (e.g., 401k) into the qualifying IRA account in order to make a gift.
  • Gifts can be made to multiple charities in any combination that does not exceed the $100,000 per year per person limit.
  • Gifts from your IRA can fulfill your annual required minimum distribution in part or in full.
  • Gifts can only be made directly to public charities to be eligible for tax benefits. A gift cannot be made to a charitable remainder trust or charitable gift annuity.

The Next Step

Contact both your IRA administrator and your tax professional if you are considering a gift under this law. Feel free to call the OSU Foundation Gift Planning Office at 1-800-336-8217 or with any questions.

LPI is grateful for the bequests we have received from the following friends this past year:
Ella C. Brauch Sally Wilson Fish
Donna Halter Hablitzel Pauline Modica
Arnold E. Molzon Alice Richards
Helen P. Rumbel  

LPSC Donors

Last updated November 2011