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End of year giving guidelines

If you’re planning to make a donation around the holidays, we’ve pulled together details below on United States tax deadlines. This isn’t legal advice, and individual situations may vary. The details below are meant to serve as a helpful guide.

If you’re not deducting your donation, but still planning to give around the holidays: it helps our team to receive your donation in 2019, so we can better budget for 2020.


Donating by credit card or PayPal

U.S tax deadline information

For a U.S. donation to be eligible for tax deduction, it must be made by midnight on December 31st in your timezone to ensure your credit card statement is timestamped with a 2019 date.

What to know about this donation type

Paying online by credit card is the fastest and easiest way to donate, and the safest way to ensure your donation is processed before the end of the year.

GiveDirectly’s preferred date by which to make your donation

Tuesday, December 31st

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Donating by check

U.S tax deadline information

For a U.S. donation to be eligible for tax deduction, the post date on the envelope must be December 31st.

What to know about this donation type

If mailing a check, you must send it through USPS to 

GiveDirectly, Inc.
PO Box 3221
New York, NY 10008

Only checks sent through USPS will be delivered to our PO box.

GiveDirectly’s preferred date by which to make your donation

Tuesday, December 31st

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Donating by Wire Transfer

U.S tax deadline information

For a U.S. donation to be eligible for tax deduction, wires must be sent by December 31st.

What to know about this donation type

Because processing time for wire transfers can take 3-4 business days, we recommend making the transfer request early to ensure your funds are transferred by the end of the year.

GiveDirectly’s preferred date by which to make your donation

Monday, December 23rd

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Donating stock

U.S tax deadline information

For a U.S. donation to be eligible for tax deduction, stock must be transferred by your firm/broker by December 31st. 

What to know about this donation type

It typically takes several business days after a transfer request has been made by a stockholder for the transfer to be made. We recommend making your requests early to ensure that stock is transferred before the end of the year.

GiveDirectly’s preferred date by which to make your donation

Friday, December 27th

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Donating crypto

U.S tax deadline information

For a U.S. donation to be eligible for tax deduction, crypto must be transferred by December 31st. 

What to know about this donation type

If you are donating a crypto asset which you have held for more than one year, you are eligible for a deduction equal to the fair market value of the asset at the date of the donation. If you have held the asset for one year or less, you are still eligible for a deduction. However, it will be the lesser of the fair market value of the asset at the time of the donation and the cost basis of the asset.

GiveDirectly’s preferred date by which to make your donation

Tuesday, December 31st

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Donating through a Donor Advised Fund (DAF)

U.S tax deadline information

Donations made through a DAF are not tax deductible.

What to know about this donation type

Processing time for donations varies on the sponsoring organization. Typically we see that it takes 4-5 business days between recommendation and arrival for donations made through DAFs.

Recommended date by which to make your donation

Monday, December 23rd


If you’re looking to learn more on U.S. law on tax deductible charitable donations (including minimum donation size requirements), you can read more here.