At the end of 2007, I contributed $5,000 to a Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund that I created for myself to distribute to non-profit organizations later, once I selected a cause to support. This was a case of really bad timing; since then my account’s value has dropped 6%. Suddenly, I have $300 less to donate to charity. While I am receiving the tax deduction for the full $5,000, unless my account increases at least 6.4%, organizations won’t benefit from the full amount I donated.
I think I need to examine my allocation strategy in the Charitable Gift Fund. Perhaps I should keep the amount I intend to distribute in the coming year in a money market fund within the account, while everything else should be invested for the longer term in a broad stock index fund.