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Ways to Give

Donate Online

You can fill out this form to donate to Kentucky Humanities. Please note that you'll specify your donation amount after you click Donate.

Donate By Mail

You can mail a check to Kentucky Humanities at 206 E. Maxwell St., Lexington, KY 40508. Checks will go into the general donation fund unless you specify which program you want to support.

As a cherished member of our community, we deeply value your continued support. While cash donations are always appreciated, we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you several other ways of giving that can be even more beneficial, both for yourself and our organization.

Donor-advised Funds (DAFs)

Donor Advised Funds are a type of giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support your favorite charities. You can contribute to the fund as frequently as you like, and then recommend grants to your chosen charity when you are ready. If needed by your Fund Administrator to process your gift, our tax identification number (EIN) is: 31-0981031.

Gifts of Stock or Other Assets

Gifting stocks or appreciated assets is a fantastic way to support our cause. If you have stocks that have significantly increased in value, you can donate these assets directly to Kentucky Humanities. This method allows you to avoid capital gains taxes that would have been incurred if the stock was sold, and you can claim a charitable deduction for the full fair-market value of the stock at the time of the gift.

Be sure to let us know when you make a stock donation so we can accurately record the gift on your behalf. Once the gift has been transferred to our account, our broker will sell the shares. Kentucky Humanities will then send you a letter acknowledging your stock transfer.

IRA Charitable Distributions/Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs)

If you are 70½ years or older, you may consider making a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). A QCD allows you to donate up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to a qualified charity, such as Kentucky Humanities, without it being counted as taxable income. This not only satisfies your required minimum distribution but also reduces your taxable income, potentially providing significant tax savings.

Corporate Giving

Your corporate support of Kentucky Humanities highlights your company’s commitment to building a better future for Kentucky. To learn more about opportunities for corporate giving, please contact Bill Goodman at (859) 338-6521 or

Planned Giving

With a planned gift, you may be able to make a more substantial charitable gift than is possible during your lifetime, while receiving significant tax advantages for you and/or your heirs.

You can make a planned gift by naming Kentucky Humanities as a beneficiary in your will or living trust, life insurance policies, or retirement funds (i.e. IRA, 401K, 403B, or pension plan).

For more information about planned gifts, or to let us know of your intent to make a planned gift, please contact Bill Goodman at (859) 338-6521 or

Information about the Kentucky Humanities Legacy Society can be found here.

Each of these giving methods has its unique advantages over traditional cash donations, especially in terms of tax benefits and the potential for increased giving capacity. By opting for these methods of giving, you can maximize the impact of your generosity while also benefiting from significant tax savings.

Information on gift planning provided by Kentucky Humanities is not intended as financial, legal, or tax advice. Please contact your attorney, accountant, financial planner, or insurance sales representative to find out how you can amend your estate plans.

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