Gift of Appreciated Securities

A Tax-Savvy Way to Benefit from Growing Assets

Securities and mutual funds that have increased in value and been held for more than one year are popular assets to use when making a gift to Boston Children's Hospital. Making a gift of securities or mutual funds offers you the chance to give children the gift of tomorrow while realizing important benefits for yourself.

When you donate appreciated securities or mutual funds in support of our 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 Boston Children's Hospital, you receive the same income tax savings that you would if you wrote a check, but with the added benefit of eliminating capital gains taxes on the transfer, which can be as high as 20 percent.

An investment account. By placing a transfer on death (TOD*) designation account on your brokerage or investment account, that account will be paid to one or more persons or charities after your lifetime.

Additional ways to fund your gift:

*State laws govern transfer on death accounts. Please consult with your bank representative or investment advisor if you are considering this gift.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact the Office of Planned Giving at (857) 812-3197 or plannedgiving@chtrust.org for additional information on appreciated securities.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include Boston Children's in your plans, please contact us for our full legal name and tax ID number.

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