Contact the charity to request a stock transfer form.
Assuming you are giving long-term (owned for 12 months or more) appreciated securities, you will receive a charitable income tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the shares. For common stock this is typically the mean value on the date that we take control of the shares you give. You will pay no capital gains tax. Gifts of stocks are deductible up to 30% of your adjusted gross income the year you make your gift. Any excess amount can be rolled over into the next tax year, for up to five additional tax years if needed.
For many charities, it is generally the organization’s policy to liquidate any donated stock shares very soon after receiving them to support the charity’s mission.
Giving closely held stock is more complicated than giving publicly traded securities and may be subject to certain transfer restrictions. Some nonprofit organizations cannot accept non-standard gifts. Please contact the Valley Community Foundation to receive assistance in facilitating this transaction to support your favorite charity.