Endow Iowa Tax Credits

The Endow Iowa tax credit program allows taxpayers to receive an Iowa state income tax credit equal to 25 percent of the value of your gift for certain endowed charitable gifts. These gifts are not eligible for a state income tax deduction, although they do qualify for the federal charitable deduction. The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation is a qualified community foundation that provides access to Endow Iowa tax credits.


Gifts That Give Back – How It Works

  • A variety of gifts qualify for Endow Iowa tax credits including cash, real estate, appreciated securities and outright gifts of retirement assets.
  • Gifts can be made to an existing permanent endowed fund or one that you establish. The gift must benefit one or more Iowa charitable causes.
  • Tax credits equal to 25 percent of the value of the gift are limited to $300,000 per individual for a gift of $1.2 million, or $600,000 per couple for a gift of $2.4 million if both are Iowa taxpayers.
  • Eligible gifts will qualify for credits on a first-come/first-serve basis until the yearly appropriated limit is reached. If the current available Endow Iowa tax credits have been awarded, qualified donors will be eligible for Endow Iowa tax credits the following year.The Community Foundation encourages donors to act early in the year to ensure they receive Endow Iowa tax credits within the year the gift was made.
  • All qualified donors can carry forward the tax credit for up to five years after the year the credits are awarded.
  • Endow Iowa tax credits allow donors to have even greater philanthropic impact.
  • We encourage donors to consult with their tax advisor to review their individual circumstances.

Income Tax Savings and Net Cost of Charitable Gifts

With Endow Iowa, contributions to the Community Foundation cost donors less. Here is what the gift could mean for you:


Gift Amount $1,000 $10,000  $100,000  $1,200,000 
Endow Iowa Tax Credit (25%) (250.00) (2,500.00) (25,000.00) (300,000.00)
Net Federal Deductible Gift $750.00 $7,500.00 $75,000.00 $900,000.00
Federal Tax Savings (37%) (277.50) (2,775.00) (27,750.00) (333,000.00)
Net Cost of Gift $472.50 $4,725.00 $47,250.00 $567,000.00





* For ease of illustration, the examples above do not factor in the federal/state net tax effect. Examples assume the donor is in the 37% tax bracket and plans to claim a charitable deduction on the federal tax return.


To help understand the potential tax savings for contributions made through Endow Iowa, visit the Endow Iowa tax credit calculator to enter a gift amount for an estimate of the charitable deduction.


For more information about Endow Iowa and the availability of tax credits, contact the Community Foundation at 319.366.2862 or michelle.beisker@gcrcf.org.