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Smart Giving from your IRA

A Tax-Saving Way to Help the Bridgehampton Museum


Make a difference today and save on taxes. It is possible when you support the Bridgehampton Museum through your IRA.

A Special Opportunity for Those 70½ Years Old and Older.

You can give any amount (up to a maximum of $105,000) this year from your taxable IRA directly to a qualified charity such as the Bridgehampton Museum without having to pay income taxes on the money. Gifts of any value $105,000 or less are eligible for this benefit and you can feel good knowing that you are making a difference at the Museum. This popular gift option is commonly called the IRA charitable rollover, but you may also see it referred to as a qualified charitable distribution, or QCD for short.

Why Consider This Gift?

  • Your gift will be put to use today, allowing you to see the difference your donation is making.

  • If you are required to take minimum distributions, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your obligation.

  • You pay no income taxes on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your deductions.

  • Since the gift doesn’t count as income, it can reduce your annual income level. This may help lower your Medicare premiums and decrease the amount of Social Security that is subject to tax.

Next Steps

  1. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor to see if this is the right move for you.

  2. Contact our Executive Director Connor Flanagan by calling  631-537-1088 or by emailing to discuss using your IRA to support the Museum and our mission. Many retirement providers assume no responsibility for letting non-profits know of your intentions, so your goals won’t be honored.

  3. To include the Museum in your plans, please use our:

    Federal Tax ID: 11-2250693

    Legal name: Bridgehampton Historical Society

    Legal address: PO Box 977
    Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am turning age 70½ in a few months. Can I make this gift now?

  • I have several retirement accounts—some are pensions, and some are IRAs. Does it matter which retirement account I use?

  • Can my gift be used as my required minimum distribution?

  • Do I need to give my entire IRA to be eligible for the tax benefits?

  • When do I need to make my gift?

  • I have two charities I want to support. Can I give $105,000 from my IRA to each?

  • My spouse and I would like to give more than $105,000. How can we do that?

  • Can I use the transfer to fund life-income gifts like charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts?

  • I have already named the Bridgehampton Museum as the beneficiary of my IRA. What are the benefits if I make a gift now instead of after my lifetime?


For Those 59½ Years Old or Older

Starting at 59½, you can take distributions from your IRA without penalty. If you then make a gift from those funds and itemize your deductions, you may be able to take a charitable deduction for the amount of your gift.

At Any Age

No matter your age, you can designate the Bridgehampton Museum as the beneficiary of all or a percentage of your IRA and it will pass to us tax-free after your lifetime. It’s simple, just requiring that you contact your IRA administrator for a change-of-beneficiary form or download a form from your provider’s website.

Tip: It is critical to let us know of your gift because many popular retirement plan administrators assume no obligation to notify a charity of your designation. The administrator also will not monitor whether your gift designations are followed. We would love to talk to you about your intentions to ensure that they are followed. We would also like to thank you for your generosity.

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