The end of the year is a time for many to look at their tax situation...
Many will owe the state or federal government...and are looking to give to charity instead of the government.
The North Dakota state legislature passed a bill in 2011 that makes giving to charities extremely beneficial -- and Ken Kitzman with the Community Foundation wants to make sure people are aware of it.
Individual gifts to qualified endowment funds can carry a big bang for the buck -- and result in less headed to the state coffers.
The bill allows a 40 percent tax credit up to 10 thousand dollars...
(Ken Kitzman - MACF President) "For those folks who like giving back...they tend to be pretty savvy. They are, a lot of them are saying for example, I could give you 10 thousand dollars cash, or I could give you 25 thousand dollars and it is going to cost me ten. That is the difference. It is a huge, huge, benefit."
Kitzman encourages anyone with questions to talk to the Community Foundation or a trusted financial advisor to see if there is an opportunity to give.
The state by the way, ranks 48th in the nation for average charitable contributions per tax return.