Gift of Stocks & Securities

Gift of Stocks & Securities

Donate your way

A donation of publicly traded securities is one of most effective and powerful ways to help Wellspring members while benefiting from significant tax advantages.

With a gift of appreciated stock, you will receive the benefit of a tax receipt for the fair market value of the stock, and not be subject to pay the capital gains tax. The elimination of the capital gains tax on a gift of securities may create a considerable tax advantage for you, which in turn reduces the cost of making such a donation.


Tax benefit of donating stocks

You previously purchased stocks for $4,000, which are worth $10,000 today. This chart illustrates the tax benefits for you when you donate the stocks directly to Wellspring vs. sell the stocks and then donate the cash proceeds. Please note that this calculation is based on a top margin tax rate of 53.53% applied to 50% of the capital gains.

In order to take advantage of the tax advantage, gifts must be made in the form of securities that are not sold prior to the donation being made.

Donate Securities
Sell securities and donate the cash proceeds
Original Cost of Securities
Current Market Value
Capital Gain
Taxable Capital Gain (@50% inclusion)
Tax payable on realized capital gain(53.53% marginal tax rate)
Net after-tax cost of making a donation

If you have any questions about making a gift of stocks and securities, please contact the appropriate Wellspring organization: 

587-747-0260 ext. 1234 or

Ana Santos at 416-480-4440 x227 or

Neal McCaffrey at 905-792-6480 or

Joanna Meilleur at or 519.438.7379

Ann Mantini-Celima at or 905-684-7619

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