From the CCH Tax Briefing:
The American Taxpayer Relief Act extends for two years, through December 31, 2013, the provision allowing tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts to public charities, by individuals age 70 ½ or older, up to a maximum of $100,000 per taxpayer each year.
IMPACT: The Act provides special transition rules. One rule allows taxpayers to recharacterize distributions made in January 2013 as made on December 31, 2012. The other rule permits taxpayers to treat a distribution from the IRA to the taxpayer made in December 2012 as a charitable distribution, if transferred to charity before February 1, 2013.