Put Your Stock in Eternity

Donate Appreciated Stock or Mutual Funds

Have you owned stock or mutual funds shares for more than a year that have appreciated in value? Donating these may be a better choice than giving by cash, check or credit card.

A gift of appreciated stock allows you to make and deduct a larger charitable contribution than the original purchase price of the shares. You receive a tax deduction for the share's current fair-market value, and completely avoid capital gains tax.

Give More and Gain More—Donate Your Stock or Shares Instead of Selling Them!

Note: The following scenario is for illustrative purposes. It does not represent an actual donor to GFA.

Many years ago, David purchased stock shares for $100. Today, the shares are worth $1,000. If David sells the stock and donates the proceeds, he may provide about 165 Bibles and receive $108 in tax savings for his charitable donation.

But if David donates the stock directly to GFA, he may provide about 200 Bibles and receive $400 in tax savings for his charitable donation that originally cost him only $100! Here's how:

Sell Stock
& Give Proceeds to GFA
Give Stock
Directly to GFA
Original cost of stock $100 $100
Plus appreciation (gain) $900 $900
Minus long-term capital gains tax* $180 0
Amount of gift to GFA $820 $1,000
David gives more!
Tax savings from charitable deduction** $328 $400
Less capital gains tax $180 0
Actual tax saved $148 $400
Net gain after donation
(original cost less tax saved)
$48 $300
David gains more!

*15% federal + 5% state
** 35% federal + 5% state tax

If David likes the stock but also wants to reap the benefits of donating stock, he can donate his stock shares and use the cash he would have donated to repurchase the same stock. This will reset his cost basis and provide tax-free rebalancing of his portfolio.

How to Donate Appreciated Stock or Mutual Fund Shares

The preferred way to give shares of stock or mutual funds to GFA is to transfer the shares to our Wells Fargo Advisors account.

  1. If your shares are in a Wells Fargo Advisors account, a direct transfer can be made to:
  2. Account name:
    Gospel for Asia, Inc.
    Account number: 3764-8370

  3. If your shares are with another brokerage firm, contact your broker and give them the information below to donate the shares via a DTC transfer.
  4. Wells Fargo Clearing Services
    Deliver to DTC Clearing
    # 0141
    for Gospel for Asia
    Wells Fargo Advisors account #3764-8370

  5. VERY IMPORTANT: On the day of the transfer, please contact GFA to let us know:
    • The name of the stock
    • The number of shares
    • The date of the transfer, and
    • Your preference for how you would like the proceeds from the sale of the shares to be used (e.g. support National Missions, Bibles, GFA's Bridge of Hope Program, Where Most Needed, etc.)
  6. If you have the stock certificate in hand, you should:
    • Endorse the back of the certificate appointing Wells Fargo Advisors as attorney to transfer the certificate.
    • Leave BLANK the line regarding to whom the certificate is being transferred.
    • Sign the back of the certificate exactly as the name(s) appear on the front.
    • Write a letter indicating that you wish to donate ___ (number of shares) of _________ (name of stock) to GFA's Wells Fargo Advisors account #3764-8370.
    • Mail the certificate and letter to the following address:
    • Jackie Speth
      Wells Fargo Advisors
      10345 N. Port Washington Road
      Suite 200
      Mequon, WI 53092
    • Jackie's phone number is 262-241-2254.
  7. After we receive the gift of stock or mutual fund shares, GFA will immediately liquidate the shares and send you a Gift-in-Kind receipt. This receipt lists the name of the stock or mutual fund, the number of shares, the date they were received into our account, and that no goods or services were received by you in exchange for the gift. IRS regulations do not allow us to state the value of the shares on the receipt. Since the value of stocks and mutual funds fluctuates so quickly, the fair market value of your gift is the average price of the stock or mutual fund shares on the day they were received into our account multiplied by the number of shares donated.
  8. If your mutual fund shares cannot be transferred to Wells Fargo Advisors, GFA has accounts with several mutual fund investment agencies. If we don't have an account with the agency that exclusively handles your mutual fund, we may be able to open one. Then a transfer can easily be made from your account to our account, and we will redeem the shares to use for our ministry purposes.

Sell Depreciated Stock

If your stock or mutual fund shares have lost value, it may be wiser to sell them and then donate the proceeds of the sale to GFA. By selling stock that has lost value, you may be able to write off the loss as well as deduct the charitable donation. This could be a great way to receive two tax deductions from the sale of your stock. You may claim a loss on the value of depreciated stock or mutual fund shares regardless of how long you have owned them.

Stock Transfer Contact Form

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For more information:

If you have any questions or wish to start the process for your gift, please fill out our contact form, or call GFA's Harvest Foundation at 800-946-2742.

All gifts are subject to Gospel for Asia's Gift Acceptance Policy.

DISCLAIMER:   This web page is designed to provide information and illustration of the subject matters covered. It is not intended, nor should it be used as legal, accounting or other professional advice. It is always a good idea to seek legal and tax advice from your professional advisor(s).

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