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IRA Charitable Rollover

You may be looking for a way to make a big difference to help further our mission. If you are 70½ or older you may also be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA withdrawals. An IRA charitable rollover is a way you can help continue our work and benefit this year.

IRA Charitable Rollover
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Benefits of an IRA charitable rollover

  • Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $105,000 from your IRA to our organization
  • May satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year
  • Reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions
  • Make a gift that is not subject to the deduction limits on charitable gifts
  • Help further the work and mission of our organization

How an IRA charitable rollover gift works

  1. Contact your IRA plan administrator to make a gift from your IRA to us.
  2. Have the IRA distribution check made payable to "The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod" or to "LCMS"
  3. If possible, please include on the check stub (or a separate note) your first and last name, your address and, if space is available, the designation(s) you would like it applied.
  4. Have the check mailed to:

    LCMS Mission Advancement
    ATTN: Kate Ellis
    1333 S. Kirkwood Road
    St. Louis, MO 63122

  5. Please note that IRA charitable rollover gifts do not qualify for a charitable deduction.
  6. Once the check has been mailed, please contact us to let us know that it has been sent so we may look for its arrival. When contacting us, it would be appreciated if you could indicate if you wish for your gift to be used for a specific purpose. This is especially helpful when there is not space on the check or check stub to include this information.

Gifts from your IRA

If you are 70½ or older, you can use your IRA to fulfill your charitable goals. You can use the "Make a Gift From My IRA" tool to contact your IRA custodian and make a qualified charitable distribution. We will acknowledge your generous gifts as a qualified charitable distribution, which may satisfy your RMD, if applicable.

Contact us

If you have any questions about an IRA charitable rollover gift, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions you might have.

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The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Mission Advancement utilizes the services of the LCMS Foundation as our partner for gift planning legal support and trust management.