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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

IRA Charitable Giving

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/giving/waystogive/annual/iragiving.html

A Tax-Saving Way to Invest in Minnesota State Mankato

Once you reach the age of 70½, you can take advantage of a simple way to make an annual gift to Minnesota State University, Mankato while receiving tax benefits.

If you are required to take a minimum distribution from your IRA and are in the fortunate position of not needing your distribution for living expenses, consider making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) to the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation. Your investment in the educational opportunities at Minnesota State Mankato is a smart way to meet the minimum distribution requirements.

Benefits of an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)

IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution - Frequently Asked Questions

Traditional IRAs are eligible for QCDs, but there are requirements:
• You must be 70½ or older to be eligible to make a QCD.
• QCDs are limited to the amount that would otherwise be taxed as ordinary income.
• The maximum annual amount that can qualify for a QCD is $100,000 (combined total to one or more charities in a calendar year).
• For a QCD to count towards your current year's RMD, the funds must come out of your IRA by your RMD deadline, generally December 31. (Please allow enough time before the deadline, for your IRA administrator and Minnesota State Mankato Foundation to complete the transaction.)

How to make a Qualified Charitable Gift to Minnesota State Mankato:
1. Contact your IRA plan administrator to request direct transfer of funds from your IRA, payable to the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation.
2. Your IRA funds will be directly transferred to our organization.
3. Please contact Cindy Arndt if you wish to designate your gift for a specific purpose, department or program.
cynthia.arndt@mnsu or (507)389-6829


It is wise to consult with a tax professional if you are contemplating a qualified charitable gift. The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. References to tax rates include federal taxes only. State law may further impact your individual results. Tax laws can change, and the above information may not reflect the most recent changes. Please consult with an attorney or a tax professional for the most up-to-date advice. The information contained on this page is not intended as tax advice and it is not a substitute for tax advice.


For general information about making a gift, please contact:
Kent Stanley
Vice President of University Advancement
Minnesota State University, Mankato
224 Alumni Foundation Center
Mankato, MN 56001
Email:kent.stanley@mnsu.edu