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Gifts of Cash: The Details

Is this gift right for you?

  • You are considering an outright gift made during your lifetime.
  • You want a charitable deduction to offset the largest possible amount of your taxable income.
  • You have few appreciated, low-cost-basis securities or other assets to contribute.
  • You enjoy surplus cash flow after meeting your expenses.
  • You would like a charitable deduction today but wish to retain an income stream too.

If you want to help today and maximize your charitable deduction, consider making your gift with cash. Cash is the simplest asset to donate — there is no appraisal to secure and no acceptance policies to follow. It is also the simplest asset for to accept and quickly put to good use.

Make your cash gift via a check or money order, a credit card or a wire transfer.

There's an extra tax benefit

You can claim the entire amount of your cash gift as a charitable income tax deduction. The IRS allows you to claim this deduction up to 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). If you used appreciated securities or other assets to make your gift, your deduction would be the same, but you would only be able to claim the deduction up to 30% of AGI.

(You can claim excess deductions over the five tax years following your gift.)


Although a cash gift can provide immediate benefit to us, you can also use it to fund a life-income plan such as a charitable gift annuity.

Please contact us so that we can assist you through every step of the process.


Compare Gift Plans Goals & Benefits Glossary Request Information

The professionals at our Department of National Planned Giving, Legacy and Endowments will be happy to discuss your interests, concerns and financial options, and work personally with you and/or your legal and financial advisors to create a plan that meets your needs and supports the Anti-Defamation League Foundation.

For more information, please contact:

Director of National Planned Giving, Legacy and Endowments
Anti-Defamation League Foundation (ADLF)
605 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10158

This information is provided for educational purposes. The Anti-Defamation League Foundation and ADL are not financial, legal or tax advisors. Please contact your advisors regarding your financial, legal or tax needs.