Gifts of Stock

Gifts of Appreciated Securities Benefit You and Public Citizen

Did you know that you can contribute appreciated securities to Public Citizen Foundation and receive certain tax benefits in return for your support?

By transferring appreciated stock or mutual fund shares to Public Citizen Foundation that you have owned for more than one year, you will:

  • Avoid the capital gains tax on the securities appreciation and

  • Receive an income tax deduction for the average value of the shares on the day that they are transferred to our brokerage account

For example: You purchased 100 shares of XYZ stock at $10 per share or $1,000 in November of 2003. On August 10 of this year, you transferred these shares to Public Citizen Foundation that had an average price of $15 per share. The income tax deduction you would receive for this gift of $1,000 valued stocks $1,500 and you avoid the capital gains tax on its appreciation.

There are several ways you can transfer securities to Public Citizen Foundation. Please contact Amanda Fleming at 202-588-7734 or via email at to discuss the specifics of your gift.

Your support means a great deal to us and to the future of Public Citizen Foundation. Thank you so much for your generosity.

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