Tax Benefits

The Endow Iowa program is part of an effort to enhance philanthropic activity in the State of Iowa by encouraging contributions to community foundations. The program provides significant additional tax incentives for individual, business or organizational donors of community foundations.

Giving through the Hardin County Community Endowment Foundation community allows you to give to the causes you care most about. Your gifts create lasting changes throughout Hardin County and the Endow Iowa Tax Credit Program offers you generous tax incentives to make it easier for you to give. Those who give to a permanently endowed fund at a qualified community foundation or affiliate organization, including Hardin County Community Endowment Foundation, are eligible to receive 25% tax credits for their gifts. Charitable donors who give are also eligible to take advantage of the federal tax deductions along with the Endow Iowa tax credits.

Tax credits are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with approximately $4.5 million available annually statewide. The Endow Iowa tax credits can be claimed by individuals, businesses or financial institutions.

Over $95 million has been invested in community foundations through Endow Iowa since 2003, improving residents’ lives both now and for years to come.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority is the agency administering the Endow Iowa Tax Credit program and tracking of tax credits spent for the year.
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The Endow Iowa Tax Calculator is designed to be a flexible tool to help you understand the potential tax savings for gifts made through Endow Iowa and the long-term impact of giving to an endowed fund.
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