Plan Your Year-End Charitable Gifts

As the tax year comes to a close, make sure you’re ready to meet the deadlines for giving in 2018.

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Madison Community Foundation has several dates you should keep in mind when planning for your year-end charitable giving and grantmaking.

Plan ahead to make sure your gifts qualify for a charitable income tax deduction in the 2018 tax year.

Year-End Tax Receipting

In order to receive a 2018 deduction for a contribution to Madison Community Foundation by check, the contribution must be:

  • Received in the MCF office on or before December 31; or
  • Mailed in an envelope postmarked on or before December 31, and received in our office by January 8, 2019.

Year-End Charitable Giving

Credit Card Gifts

Gifts via credit card must be processed by MCF and the charge must appear on your credit card statement with a date of 12/31/18 or prior. We encourage donors to make credit card gifts online on or before December 28. Visit to find a Fund and make your gift.

Gifts of Stock and/or Mutual Funds

For gifts of mutual fund shares, depending on how the shares are held, the transaction process can be lengthy. Early notification of these gifts will help ensure a smooth transfer, and we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to begin your transaction.

For stock transfers, please email Ann Casey or call her at (608) 232-1763 no later than December 21 to begin your transaction.

Gifts Via Passthrough Funds

Is your tax or financial advisor recommending you find additional tax deductions in 2018? A donor-advised passthrough fund at MCF can be a convenient way to make a single sizeable gift in 2018 and then recommend grants to multiple charities from the fund over time.

Please email Darcy Kobinsky or call her at (608) 232-1763 with questions or to open a new donor-advised passthrough fund.

Contribution Policy for Passthrough Funds

If you plan on making a contribution to your passthrough fund the same month in which you request a distribution, please remember that your contribution must be in the fund on the first day of that month in order to make the distribution request in the same month.

Grant Recommendations From Your Fund

The deadline for submitting grant recommendations is Monday, December 17, 2018. Once approved by the MCF Board of Governors, grants will be processed and mailed out the last week of December.

Grants may be requested by email, phone or by using our online portal at Please email Connie Tibbetts or call her at (608) 232-1763 with questions regarding grant recommendations.

MCF’s normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note that for the holiday season we will be closed the following days:  Monday, December 24, 2018; Tuesday, December 25, 2018; and Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Learn more about Why Donors Give.