They wanted to donate stock—but there was a problem
Aug 22, 2019
Saving to give means investing charitable assets so that you can give more over time. The following scenario shows the benefits of taking a long-term outlook and carefully choosing what you give to charity.
Jamie and Matt, a married couple with several successful investments, have $100,000 in appreciated stock that they want to donate to charity. With a passion for fighting poverty, they’re excited they will be able to channel their successful investments into charitable giving. They envision supporting programs that promote food security, housing assistance, and job training for individuals striving to make it out of poverty.
Why appreciated securities?
Donating securities held for more than one year (such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and ETFs) does not trigger capital gains taxes. Neither you nor the charity will have to pay to give or receive the funds, maximizing the impact of your gift.
Jamie and Matt know it will be more cost-effective to donate the stock itself—if they sell the stock first and donate the proceeds, capital gains taxes will eat into the value of their donation. But there’s a catch: Jamie and Matt would like to give to a local, grassroots anti-poverty organization. But the three charities they have spoken with have said that they unfortunately are not equipped to accept gifts of stock.
Jaime and Matt go back to the drawing board. Then they realize they already have a solution: Contribute the stock to the donor-advised fund (DAF) they advise at Vanguard Charitable.1
As a public charity, we liquidate the stock without paying capital gains taxes, and put the proceeds into the DAF.2 Jamie and Matt can now make recommendations about how to manage and grant these funds from their charitable giving account.
From Jamie and Matt’s perspective, there is something even better than the tax advantages. They no longer have to choose just one charity among the many they’ve contacted. They can recommend multiple grants from their single donation and boost many different programs.
The couple’s charitable initiative is so successful within their community that Jamie and Matt decide to give more. They begin to make annual contributions of stock. The dependability of this ongoing support allows each of the three charities to plan more ambitious programming. Jamie and Matt watch as their impact grows and track their results.
Jamie and Matt's Giving3
Appreciated securities contribution:
$100,000 per year
7.5% of account balance
Dollars granted over 20 years:
Total charitable impact: $3,227,166.80
Jamie and Matt’s example shows the value of donating appreciated securities, and how this strategy can work hand-in-hand with saving to give. In the scenario described, Jamie and Matt increase their total giving potential by more than 61%. After $1.4 million of impact over 20 years, Jamie and Matt still have $1.7 million remaining from their annual contributions, and a lifetime of philanthropy ahead of them.
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