Charitable IRA Distribution

About Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

Carolina Tiger Rescue

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd. Pittsboro, NC 27312 (919) 542-4684 (919) 542-4454

Wildlife should be in the Wild



  • We believe the ideal home for wildlife is in the wild.
  • We believe it is critical to conserve their native habitats.
  • We believe wild animals should not be kept as pets.
  • We believe captive breeding should ONLY be done in accordance with Species Survival plans.
  • We believe all wild animals, both captive and in their native habitats, deserve to be treated with respect and not exploited for entertainment and commercial purposes.

Visit Carolina Tiger Rescue

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Public Tours

Twilight Tours

Coming out for a tour is a great way to learn more about the animals that call Carolina Tiger Recue home. We offer many different types of tours.  Public tours are great for adults and families. Twilight tours are for adults only (18 years of age and older). Tiger Tales are a perfect option if you want to bring out really young children. Find the tour that is right for you and enjoy a walk through the sanctuary.

For all tours, tickets must be purchased in advance.

Charitable IRA Distribution

Make a Charitable IRA Distribution Gift to Help the Cats

Donors over age 70½ can make a tax-free distribution from their IRA to Carolina Tiger Rescue.  It’s a tax-efficient way to support the animals. 

Individuals who are subject to Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) now have options that allow them to donate some or all of their RMD (up to $100,000 annually) directly to qualified charities.  Distributions sent directly to qualified charities – such as Carolina Tiger Rescue – count toward your annual requirement, but are not taxable to either you or Carolina Tiger.  There is no income tax deduction available, as the distribution (in most cases) is being made from assets that were never taxed.  It is federal-income-tax neutral.

Please note: Individuals aged 70½ and older may make tax-free (for federal tax purposes) distributions to nonprofits from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Prior to 2019, North Carolina donors who used the IRA charitable distribution had to pay state taxes on these charitable contributions. A new law enacted in November 2019 ended this state tax on donations to nonprofits through IRAs, simplifying the process for donors and allowing them to contribute more fully to nonprofits from their IRAs.

To make a charitable IRA distribution, instruct your IRA administrator to make a distribution check payable to Carolina Tiger Rescue (not to you) and send it to:

Official name:  Carolina Tiger Rescue

Address: 1940 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC  27312

Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN):  56-1522499 (sometimes called Employer Identification Number, or EIN)

For more information about making a Charitable IRA Distribution gift to Carolina Tiger Rescue, please contact Heidi Zangara in the Development Office.