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Subject:  Re: Is this deductible? Date:  10/27/2012  5:06 PM
Author:  JeanDavid Number:  116856 of 131269

I bought two tickets to a lecture given at a nonprofit botanical garden, with all proceeds going to the garden. Donations made directly to the garden are deductible. Since I attended the lecture, I got value for my ticket purchase and would not deduct that. But DW was unable to attend and thus got no value from the cost of her ticket. Can that ticket purchase be considered a straight donation to the garden and thus deductible?

Carnegie Hall has a system in place for handling that. I have a series ticket and once I could not go to one of the performances. I called them before the concert in question (about two hours before), and told them. That permitted them to sell it to someone else, and they sent me a receipt for the charitable contribution. (Carnegie Hall is 501(c)(3).)

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