If you have an IRA and are over 70 ½, you can donate a gift directly through the IRA Charitable Rollover without paying taxes on your distribution.
The IRA Charitable Rollover has been permanently extended, retroactive to January 1, 2015. On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed legislation into law which permanently allows you to make tax-free charitable gifts from your IRA, retroactive to January 1, 2015.
You don’t report this as income so there is no tax. And, your gift goes towards all or part of your minimum distribution requirement. You benefit even if you do not itemize your tax deductions. Learn more about IRA Charitable Rollover