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Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

How a Gift of Stock Can Be a Win-Win

If you own stock that has increased in value since you purchased it (and you’ve owned it for at least one year), you have a unique opportunity for philanthropy. When you donate securities to Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF), you eliminate capital gains tax on the transfer, which can be as high as 20 percent and might be higher in the future with new proposed tax legislation. Further, if you itemize your tax return, you receive the same income tax savings that you would if you wrote TPWF a check.

Making a gift of securities to support the wild things and wild places of Texas is as easy as instructing your broker to transfer the shares to our account. Or, if you have the physical securities, hand-delivering or mailing the certificates along with a stock power to TPWF in separate envelopes. (Tip: Using separate envelopes protects your gift—the certificates will not be negotiable without the stock power.)

An example of how a gift of stock works:

    Dave owns stocks currently valued at $25,000 that he purchased for $10,000 several years ago. He would pay $2,250 in capital gains tax if he sells the securities himself ($15,000 X 0.15% capital gains tax rate). Instead, Dave decides to donate the stock to TPWF rather than sell it. By doing this, Dave receives an income tax charitable deduction for the full fair market value of $25,000 and eliminates any capital gains tax.

Using assets other than cash also allows you more flexibility when planning your gift, and there are even more potential benefits if you plan your gift creatively. For example, if you aren’t ready to give up these assets during your lifetime, a gift of securities through your will or living trust allows you the flexibility to change your mind at any time. You can continue to receive dividends and participate in shareholder votes, and the securities are still yours if you need them for other expenses.

Through creative gift planning, you can secure your own financial future and help support the wild things and wild places of Texas. We can work with your advisors to help you plan for the future and receive maximum benefits today.


      • Receive an income tax deduction for gifts of securities if you itemize on your tax return.
      • Provide relief from capital gains tax with gifts of securities.
      • Help fulfill TPWF’s mission with your generous contribution.

Take the Next Step

We can help clarify and document the steps to donate stock to TPWF. Simply contact Merrill Gregg at 214-720-1478 or to see how this gift can be win-win for you and us.

The information in this publication is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in any examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results.