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Last year my wife donated some money to the memorial fund of a childhood neighbor who passed away. The check was made out to the fund: "The John Doe Memorial Fund." The fund was set up to benefit the person's surviving family members (young children). I've taken a look at Publication 526, but am still unsure whether this contribution is deductible, and would appreciate any advice.
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Last year my wife donated some money to the memorial fund of a childhood neighbor who passed away. The check was made out to the fund: "The John Doe Memorial Fund." The fund was set up to benefit the person's surviving family members (young children). I've taken a look at Publication 526, but am still unsure whether this contribution is deductible, and would appreciate any advice.

It is not deductible. Only contributions to qualified organizations are deductible.

Phil Marti
VITA Volunteer
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