Donation & Payment Options
We strive to make it easy to donate to effective charities. To that end, we offer a number of donation and donation payment methods.
Donations made via thelifeyoucansave.org are tax-deductible in the U.S. For information about tax-deductibility in other countries, please view our Tax Deductibility page.
Credit Card donations to our recommended charities can be made here on our website.
The Life You Can Save does not take any percentage of your donation, though you may specifically make a donation to us to help us distribute our book to more people and keep our website running.
When donating by credit card, 3% is deducted by our third-party donation platform, Network For Good, to cover credit card fees and other costs.
For donations of $1,000 or more, we recommend donating by check, Zelle, ACH or wire transfer to help keep admin costs to a minimum. Please see details below.
To donate by check or through Zelle, ACH, wire transfer, direct debit, direct deposit or bank transfer please fill out this form. After you submit the form, you will receive an email with a unique donation reference number and information about how to complete the donation.
Customers using Chase Bill Pay can now search for The Life You Can Save in Chase’s directory. The Life You Can Save will get paid electronically, without the hassle of managing checks.
100% of your donation will be granted to the charity or charities of your choice. We do not incur any fees when you choose one of the above payment options.
The Life You Can Save does not take any percentage of your donation, though you may specifically designate part of your donation to us to help us distribute our book to more people and keep our website running.
Please visit our Donate Crypto page to learn more about how to make a cryptocurrency gift in support of The Life You Can Save itself or any of the nonprofits we recommend. Our cryptocurrency donations are processed by The Giving Block, which currently accepts a wide variety of popular cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).
If you have any questions about donating cryptocurrency, please contact CryptoInfo@thelifeyoucansave.org.
PayPal Giving Fund can be used to make donations to The Life You Can Save itself by clicking here. PayPal Giving Fund does not charge any fees on donations made via this page.
Donations via PayPal Giving Fund are tax-deductible in the U.S. Your donation receipt will come from Paypal.
PayPal can be used to make donations designated to any of our Funds or to The Life You Can Save itself by clicking here. This site also allows you to set up monthly reoccurring donations. The PayPal fee is 2.2% + $0.3 per transaction.
Donations via PayPal are tax-deductible in the U.S. Your donation receipt will come from PayPal.
To donate through a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) with Fidelity, Schwab or BNY Direct, please click here.
This tool will connect you to your DAF provider’s website where you will complete your donation request as normal. The DAF Direct tool allows The Life You Can Save to know about any donations you make to The Life You Can Save.
For other DAF Providers, in your normal process select The Life You Can Save as the nonprofit organization. In the notes/memo/comments section, please indicate how you would like your donation to be allocated- The Life You Can Save itself or any of the nonprofits we recommend.
If you have any questions about donations through DAFs, please contact our Finance Department.
Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) have been permanently extended. Individuals can donate up to $100,000 per year directly from a traditional or Roth IRA to qualifying charities.
Qualified charities include most public charities (including religious institutions, certain veterans’ organizations, fraternal societies, and community foundations that provide scholarships) that are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.
If you wish to make a donation to a charity, there are potential benefits to contributing as a QCD. This method may be able to provide tax benefits whether or not you itemize your deductions. In addition, a QCD can satisfy all or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD).
As eligible distributions are non-taxable, federal and state taxes do not have to be withheld.
One of the key benefits of QCD’s for those who don’t itemize deductions is that if they are used as the funding source for charitable donations, the donor will receive tax benefits when there are otherwise would have been none due to the use of then standard deduction.
When a QCD is made, the distribution will be reported on form 1099-R and you will need to work with your tax professional to properly indicate a QCD on your tax return. You should also obtain a receipt from the charity and send it and your 1099-R to your tax professional.
If you wish to make a QCD, you should reach out to the advisor or firm where your IRA is held.
Donating stock is a powerful way to make an impact, consider a stock donation to The Life You Can Save. Access The Life You Can Save’s account number, brokerage name and DTC number to facilitate your gift of appreciated assets.
To learn more about including The Life You Can Save or our recommended charities in your will, please check out our Gifts in Wills page or contact Leslie Limpert. Also, you can create your own legal will today with FreeWill at no cost.
Many companies provide matching gifts for all or part of their employees’ donations. Please visit Double the Donation to see if your company will match your gift.
To have your company match a gift made by credit card via our donation platform, Network For Good, please follow these helpful instructions.
To have your company match a gift made by check, Zelle or other payment methods via The Life You Can Save you can often simply provide the donation receipt to your employer. If you have any questions or if your employer requires more information from The Life You Can Save, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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