Make a significant impact: Donate stocks for charity

Gift stock is a great way to give. Donating defined stocks can be up to 20% more valuable than selling and donating cash, which can significantly impact and save you taxes.

Benefits of donating stocks to charity

Avoid capital gains tax

Gifting stocks avoid federal capital gains tax, and most donors can claim income tax deductions for the entire market value of the store (state and local income tax deductions may be available in some areas).

Make a big impact

When you donate the defined stock directly to a charity, your gift can be up to 20% because you avoid the taxes you incur on selling and donating cash. This means that more money is going to the work you support.

It’s fast and easy

Whether you want to do it yourself or seek help from your financial advisor, donating stock with our online tool takes less than ten minutes.

A winning way to donate

The table below shows how your dollar moves beyond gifting stocks. The value of this direct donation of $ 50,000 in stock shares is approximately $ 3,000 more than selling the stock and donating cash.

Stocks Cash

Current fair market value

$50,000 $50,000

Federal capital gains tax

$0 $4,700

Federal capital gains tax


Amount charity gets


Income taxes avoided due to charitable deduction

The above information assumes an individual living in California with an income of $ 250,000 based on the actual cost of $ 25,000. It also believes that all benefits accrued are subject to the federal long-term capital gains tax rate of 15%, net investment income tax of 3.8%, and a modest income tax rate of 9.3% for California. It does not consider any additional taxes or local taxes that may apply. The information herein is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be provided and should not be construed as providing legal or tax advice.

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