Qualified Charitable Distributions

Qualified Charitable Distributions from Your IRA

Looking to make a powerful impact on wildlife without affecting your monthly budget? If you are 70½ or older and have a traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you are eligible to make a gift from your IRA to WWF. These gifts, called Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs–also known as IRA Charitable Rollovers), can be made whether or not you itemize your deductions on your tax return. In many cases, these gifts are 100% tax-free, allowing you to protect wildlife without increasing your taxable income. Contact us today!

To qualify

  • You must be age 70½ or older at the time you make your gift.
  • Transfers must be made directly from a traditional or Roth IRA account to WWF.

There are 2 ways to make a gift from your IRA

  1. Letter of instruction
  2. Use a third-party online tool
    • Outside online tools are also available to help you make your tax-free gift from your IRA to WWF. Click here to calculate how much you are required to take out of your IRA and how much you can give back to World Wildlife Fund this year!


Qualified charitable distributions:

  • Can total up to $105,000 per year.
  • Can be used to satisfy your required withdrawal.
  • May be excluded from gross income for federal income tax purposes.

Other Ways to Give Through Your IRA

  • Gift annuity: If you are 70½ or older, you may now make a one-time election for a qualified charitable distribution of up to $53,000 (without being taxed) from your IRA to fund a life-income gift. Some limitations apply, so contact us for more details and a personalized illustration at no obligation, and work with your financial advisor. For more information, please click here or contact our Gift Planning office.
  • Beneficiary designation: If you're under the age of 70½, you can still use your IRA to make a meaningful gift to WWF by making WWF a beneficiary of your retirement plan. For more information, please click here or contact our Gift Planning office.


To properly attribute your generous contribution, and avoid any delay in its acknowledgement, please make sure your donation includes your full name and address. We often receive donations from financial institutions without sufficient information to identify the donor. To confirm your donation has been properly attributed and acknowledged, please contact us at 1-800-960-0993 or via email at [email protected] and we'll be happy to help.

All inquiries are confidential and under no obligation. This page is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal, accounting, or other professional advice and should not be relied on in making planning decisions. For assistance in planning charitable gifts with tax and other financial implications, the services of appropriate advisors should be obtained.