Securities and mutual funds that have increased in value and been held for more than one year are one of the most popular assets to use when making a gift to Cal Poly. Making a gift of securities or mutual funds to us offers you the chance to support our students and programs while realizing important benefits for yourself.
When you donate appreciated securities or mutual funds you have held more than one year to us in support of our educational mission, you can reduce or even eliminate federal capital gains taxes on the transfer. You may also be entitled to a federal income tax charitable deduction based on the fair market value of the securities at the time of the transfer.
Securities are most often used to support our work in the form of:
An outright gift. When you donate securities to Cal Poly, you receive the same income tax savings that you would if you wrote us a check, but with the added benefit of eliminating capital gains taxes on the transfer, which can be as high as 20 percent. Making a gift of securities to support our mission is as easy as instructing your broker to transfer the shares or, if you have the physical securities, hand-delivering or mailing the certificates along with a stock power to us in separate envelopes. (Using separate envelopes safeguards your gift—the certificates will not be negotiable without the stock power.)
A transfer on death (TOD) account. By placing a TOD designation on your brokerage or investment account, that account will be paid over to one or more persons or charities after your lifetime. It is not necessary for the TOD designation to transfer all of the account solely to charity—you can designate a certain percentage of the account. With a TOD account, the beneficiary you name has no rights to the funds until after your lifetime. Until that time, you are free to use the money in the brokerage account, to change the beneficiary or to close the account.
We are happy to discuss the opportunity of accepting privately held stock with you (C Corporation or S Corporation). Please review our instructions and contact our Trust Administration Office at 805-756-7125.
Other Useful Forms
See Our Instructions for Transferring SecuritiesTransferring Securities
Gifts That Pay
Your payments depend on your age at the time of the donation. If you are younger than 60, we recommend that you learn more about your options and download this FREE guide Plan for Retirement With a Deferred Gift Annuity.
- Contact Cal Poly's Office of Gift Planning at 805-756-7125 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on appreciated securities.
- Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
- If you include Cal Poly in your plans, please use our legal name and Federal Tax ID.
Legal Name: California Polytechnic State University Foundation
Address: Heron Hall, Building 117, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0444
Federal Tax ID Number: #20-4927897
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