The Columbia, Missouri chapter of the Audubon Society — serving Audrain, Boone, Cooper, Howard, Monroe & Randolph Counties

Lend Your Support

If you would like to contribute to the long-term goals of Columbia Audubon Society without necessarily becoming a member, there are a number of ways to provide your support: by sending a one-time online donation; making a qualified charitable donation through your IRA's required minimum distributions; and planning for a legacy gift.

Make a One-Time Donation Online

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Qualified Charitable Donations from your IRA

If you are over the age of 70 ½, the government requires you to take annual distributions (withdrawals) from your retirement account—a provision known as the required minimum distribution (RMD). Up to a certain amount, these distributions may be made tax-free as long as they are directed to a qualified 501(c)(3) organization (such as CAS,) an option known as the qualified charitable distribution (QCD).

In addition to the benefits of supporting the missions of non-profit groups such as Columbia Audubon Society, a QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, which is unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA. Keeping your taxable income lower may reduce the impact to certain tax credits and deductions, including Social Security and Medicare.

For more information about QCDs visit this article from Fidelity Investments or contact your IRA manager.

Legacy Gifting

When you plan your estate, please consider including gifts to charitable organizations as a way to support your values and interests into the future. Much of Columbia Audubon Society's long-term financial support has been provided through generous legacy gifts from members and the public.


Columbia Audubon Society does not share its donor data with any other organizations. Your contact information will remain private.


If you have any questions about your membership or this page, feel free to e-mail Membership Chair Douglas Miller.

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