Contribution options
Contribution options:

Don't forget non-cash contributions

When deciding what to contribute to your account, consider appreciated non-cash assets. You can always contribute cash, but appreciated non-cash assets held more than a year can help you achieve maximum philanthropic impact and help you reduce your taxes.

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How can you have more to give to charity?

If you itemize deductions on your tax return instead of taking the standard deduction, donating non-cash assets can help you unlock additional funds for charity in two ways. First, you potentially eliminate the capital gains tax you would incur if you sold the assets yourself and donated the proceeds, which may increase the amount available for charity by up to 20%. Second, you may claim a fair market value charitable deduction for the tax year in which the gift is made and may choose to pass on that savings in the form of more giving.

Let's say you own XYZ stock with a current fair market value of $50,000. The stock has gained $45,000 in value over the years since you purchased it for $5,000. A direct contribution of the stock to a donor-advised fund or other charity (option 2), in comparison to a sale and donation of after-tax proceeds (option 1), may free up an additional $6,750 to grant to charities and potentially provide additional tax savings of $8,370.

Case Study of stock options

This hypothetical example is only for illustrative purposes. The example does not take into account any state or local taxes or the Medicare net investment income surtax. The tax savings shown is the tax deduction, multiplied by the donor's income tax rate (24% in this example), minus the long-term capital gains taxes paid.

Non-cash Asset infographic

Would you like more information?

Review our infographic to better understand the benefits and process of donating non-cash assets.

Are you interested in a specific type of non-cash asset?

Select from any of the choices below to see more specific guidelines.

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    Publicly traded securities

  • IPO stock

    IPO stock

  • Restricted stock

    Restricted stock

  • Privately held business interests

    Privately held business interests

  • Real estate icon, gray

    Real estate

  • Appreciated private equity

    Private equity fund interests

  • Fine art icon, gray

    Fine art and collectibles

  • Non-cash asset overview

    Equity compensation awards

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A donor's ability to claim itemized deductions is subject to a variety of limitations depending on the donor's specific tax situation. Consult your tax advisor for more information.

Schwab Charitable accepts illiquid assets for contribution on a case-by-case basis.