Most people think of writing a check when they want to make a charitable gift. However, gifts may be made with many types of assets. You can receive significant tax advantages by donating securities rather than cash.
Many Thousand Currents donors have found that they achieve substantial savings by giving appreciated securities (stocks or bonds that have grown in value since they were originally purchased). You may deduct the full market value of appreciated securities, and avoid any obligation to pay capital gains taxes.
Donating stock for social justice
Take for example: Maria owns stock that she bought for $2,500, which has grown in value over the last few years and is now worth $10,000. Maria is planning a gift to Thousand Currents and is thinking about how she can make the biggest difference. Here’s what it looks like if she gives the stock directly to Thousand Currents versus selling the stock and donating the proceeds:
|Give the Stock Directly
||Sell the Stock, Give Proceeds
|Market Value of Stock:||$10,000||$10,000|
|Capital Gains Tax (15%):||– none –||$1,125|
|Value of Gift to
|Charitable Tax Deduction (33%):||$3,300||$2,929|
|Total Tax Savings:||$3,300||$1,804|
By giving stock directly to Thousand Currents, Maria is able to make the biggest impact and have significant tax savings.
A few other considerations:
- If, through gifts or inheritance, you’re holding stock that doesn’t align with your values (e.g. oil, armaments, tobacco), you can put them to work for social justice. Thousand Currents divests from such stocks and directs the resources toward critical social change work.
- If you’re in a tax bracket higher than 33%, the tax savings – and the impact of your gift – will be even greater.
Giving securities to Thousand Currents is easy
Thousand Currents can accept publicly traded securities (generally, stocks and bonds). These marketable securities may be transferred electronically to the Thousand Currents account at Charles Schwab (information below) or to any other brokerage account established by Thousand Currents. Or, they may be delivered physically to an Thousand Currents brokerage account with the transferor’s signature or stock power attached.
Thousand Currents Brokerage Firm:
Thousand Currents Broker name: Charles Schwab
Thousand Currents Tax ID #: 77-0071852
For your information:
- It is Thousand Currents’ policy to sell all marketable securities upon receipt, though the Board of Directors has the authority to make exceptions.
- Charles Schwab does not provide information to Thousand Currents about who the giver is (merely XX number of shares of XYZ stock). That’s it! We do need donors to let us know they are making a transfer and give us some hints (i.e. name of stock or approximately value and window of time when we might expect it.)
- Transactions often take two weeks to occur.
Contact Jessie Spector, Director of Donor Organizing, at jessie (at) thousandcurrents (dot) org, or by phone: 415-824-8384 x123.
Please Note: The information provided here is meant to help you think about your charitable giving options. Every donor’s financial and tax situation is unique, so this shouldn’t be considered legal or tax advice. If you’re considering a stock gift, be sure to consult with your own tax and financial advisors.
Download this page as a PDF file: Thousand Currents Stock Gift Instructions.
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