Save Money on Your Taxes With

Qualified Charitable Distributions

Don't need as much retirement savings as you thought?

See how making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) can help you!

How Do Qualified Charitable Distributions Work to Help Marginalized Kids?

Consult With Your Wealth Management Advisor For the Best Advice


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purposes only. It should not be relied upon as legal, tax, accounting or other professional advice. To determine how a gift or estate planning decision might affect your particular circumstances, you should consult an attorney, financial advisor, or other qualified professional.

Did you know that you can continue helping marginalized kids long after your lifetime? All you have to do is name Believe in Me as a beneficiary of your retirement account, and the remaining assets (or a portion thereof) will be used to help provide marginalized kids with a safe place to call home, a family that loves them, a feeling of community, and opportunities to learn, build self-esteem, and have fun.

Show Kids You Care by Designating Believe in Me as Your Beneficiary

Are You ​
Old Enough?

You must be at least

72 years old

Do You Have
Excess Retirement Funds?

You must have retirement

funds you do not need

Calculate your

*required minimum distribution

Have You Contacted
Your Financial Planner?

Make a QCD from your retirement funds

Do You Want to Start Helping Kids Right Away?

Your generosity goes directly to to helping marginalized kids

Learn What's Required to Make a Qualified Charitable Distribution

*If you are 72 1/2 years old or older, your qualified charitable distribution can count towards your required minimum distribution!

Reduce Your

Taxable Income

When you take distributions from your retirement account, they are considered taxable income.


The good news is if you transfer them directly to a charity, you can reduce your taxable income while satisfying your required minimum distribution (RMD).


Fulfill Your

Required Minimum Distribution

After you turn 72, you are required to begin distributing funds from your retirement account. You may be subject to a significant penalty if you do not make a required minimum distribution. 


You can satisfy your required minimum distribution by making a qualified charitable contribution of up to $100,000 per individual or $200,000 per couple.


Help Give Struggling

Kids A Leg Up

When you support Believe in Me with a gift from your retirement account, you can make an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of the kids we serve, who you empower with the self-confidence they need to succeed.

Believe in a kid today!


Three Great Reasons to Make a Qualified Charitable Distribution

Morning Star Foundation Announces a Name Change to "Believe in Me" on Nov. 4, 2021 - Read More

Get Started by Contacting Your IRA Administrator Today!

Have Questions About Making a QCD to Believe in Me?

Talk to One of Our Experts.

As Chief Executive Officer, I help people understand how they can save money on taxes by making a qualified charitable distribution. What does that mean? I am the person responsible for cultivating relationships with individuals who may be interested in making these types of gifts. I’d be happy to sit down, get to know you in person, and share more information about our program.

Chief Executive Officer

Julie Wukelic, MBA

As Development Director I oversee all of the organization's fundraising and help manage relationships with our company's financial partners. My quests include planning fundraising events, interacting with new and former donors to encourage ongoing contributions, and helping seek out opportunities for financial support through grants, sponsorships, long-term giving, qualified charitable distributions, and more. I also want to maintain a respectful reputation for our Believe in Me Foundation and any nonprofit we represent. After all, it is all about giving back to those kids less fortunate than ourselves.

Development Director

Paul Sorensen

Charitable Giving Volunteer Advisor

Colin Prestesater

The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.

—Albert Einstein

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