IRA Charitable Rollover

There is a special way to support Alaska Public Media if you’re required to take a minimum annual distribution from your IRA.

Qualified Charitable Distributions (sometimes called IRA Charitable Rollovers) were first enacted as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 and made permanent in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. With a Qualified Charitable Distribution you can make a gift directly from your IRA each year, without having those distributions included in your adjusted gross income (AGI).

Advantages to you:

  • You can use an often-overlooked asset to make a gift to Alaska Public Media.
  • You avoid recognizing taxable income on the distribution.
  • You can receive a tax benefit regardless of whether you itemize deductions or take the standard deduction on your income tax return.
  • The distribution can count toward your required minimum distribution for the year.

To qualify:

  • Distributions can only be made from traditional Individual Retirement Accounts or Roth IRAs. Charitable donations from 403(b) plans, 401(k) plans, pension plans, and other retirement plans are ineligible for the tax-free treatment. Distribution must be made directly from the IRA trustee payable to Alaska Public Media or another qualified public charity.
  • Your total combined charitable IRA rollover contributions are limited to $100,000 per year. (Married couples may be able to contribute up to $200,000.)
  • Qualified Charitable Distributions from an IRA must go directly to a 501(c)3 charitable organization that is not a supporting organization. Contributions to donor-advised funds and private foundations generally do not qualify for this special treatment.
  • You cannot receive any goods or services in exchange for your Qualified Charitable Distribution.
  • You will receive an acknowledgment from Alaska Public Media for each Qualified Charitable Distribution.

Please note, we do not provide any legal or tax advice and urge you to seek advice from your accountant, attorney, or other independent professional advisor to determine how an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution might affect your tax situation.

To make a Qualified Charitable Distribution prior to calendar year-end, plan to contact your IRA administrator as soon as possible, as some administrators may place a deadline on requesting transfers.

For more information about making a Charitable IRA Rollover contribution to Alaska Public Media, contact Jodi Plikat, Manager of Major and Legacy Giving, by email at, or by phone at 907-550-8494.

Visit the IRS FAQ page on IRA distributions for more information, including age requirements.