Below, find details on 2021 U.S. tax deadlines and rules. These are meant to serve as a helpful guide— this isn’t legal advice, and individual situations may vary.

If you have the capacity to give, 2021 is a particularly good year to do so as lawmakers have extended two new policies as part of the CARES Act:

  1. If you don’t itemize, you can deduct $300 of non-itemized donations as an individual; or deduct up to $600 as a married-filing-jointly couple (previously, this was $0).

  2. If you itemize and are hoping to give a larger grant, you can now donate & deduct up to 100% of adjusted gross income, bringing taxable income to $0 (the previous limit was 60%; this policy does not apply for DAFs).

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Credit card/Paypal | Check | Wire/ACH | Stock/mutual fund | Crypto | Donor advised fund


Credit card or PayPal donations

U.S. tax deadline:

U.S. credit card and Paypal donations must be made by midnight on December 31 in your time zone (your credit card statement must be time-stamped with a 2021 date) to be eligible for a 2021 tax deduction.

Donation instructions:

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.

Donate by credit card or PayPal >

Check donations

U.S. tax deadline:

Check envelopes must be postmarked by USPS on or before December 31, 2021 to be eligible for a U.S. 2021 tax deduction.

Donation instructions:

If mailing a check, you must send it via USPS to:

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

Checks mailed to GiveDirectly via FedEx, UPS, or other 3rd party carriers will be returned to sender.

Wire transfer/ACH donations

U.S. tax deadline:

Wires must be sent by December 31, 2021 to be eligible for a U.S. 2021 tax deduction.

Donation instructions:

Click here to see bank details for wire/ACH transfer.

To provide our team with your gift designation and tax receipt information, please email [email protected].

Stock/mutual fund donations

U.S. tax deadline:

Stock must be transferred by your firm/broker by December 31, 2021 to be eligible for a 2021 U.S. tax deduction.

Stock donation instructions:

The details for transferring stock are below; it typically takes several business days after a transfer request is made for the transfer to occur.

Account name: Give Direct Inc.
Account number: 220-66222
DTC#: 0352
Bank name: J.P. Morgan Clearing Corp

To provide our team with your gift designation and tax receipt information, please email [email protected].

Mutual fund shares donation instructions:

To donate mutual fund shares please email [email protected] with the following information, which you can find by contacting your brokerage:

Delivering Firm Name:
Delivering Acct #:
Delivering Acct Name:
Share Quantity:
Symbol:

Crypto donations

U.S. tax deadline:

Crypto must be transferred by December 31, 2021 to be eligible for a U.S. tax deduction in 2021.

When 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, your deduction’s value 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. Read more on the IRS website.

Crypto donation instructions:

Our wallet addresses >

From the “Give Now” page, select the amount you would like to donate. Then click the confirmation button at the bottom of the screen. Select “more“ and choose BTC, XRP, or ETH/ERC20. Complete the necessary information and click “next.” Then you will be taken to a page with the correct wallet information.

Donor Advised Fund (DAF) donations

U.S. tax deadline:

Donations to GiveDirectly made through donor advised funds cannot be used to claim a deduction for charitable contributions. Read more on the IRS website.

DAF donation information:

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


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 on the IRS website.

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