Securities and Mutual Funds as Donations
Receive a Tax Deduction for Using These as Gifts
Securities and mutual funds that have increased in value and been held for more than one year are one of the most popular assets to use when making a gift to Colorado State University. Making a gift of securities or mutual funds to us offers you the chance to support our work while realizing important benefits for yourself.
When you donate appreciated securities or mutual funds you have held more than one year to us 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 CSU, you receive the same income tax savings that you would if you wrote us a check, but with the added benefit of eliminating capital gains taxes on the transfer, which can be as high as 20 percent.
A transfer on death (TOD) account.* By placing a TOD designation on your brokerage or investment account, that account will be paid over to one or more persons or charities after your lifetime.
Click on the links below to see the additional ways to fund your gift:
- A gift in your will or living trust.
- A donor advised fund.
- A memorial gift.
- An endowed gift.
- A charitable gift annuity.
- A charitable remainder trust.
- A charitable lead trust.
*State laws govern payable on death accounts. Please consult with your bank representative or investment advisor if you are considering this gift.
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Submit a few details and see which gift is right for you.
- Complete the Statement of Intent form to let us know of your gift intentions and to ensure peace of mind that your gift will have the desired impact at CSU.
- Contact the Office of Gift Planning at (970) 491-4254 for assistance in making a gift of appreciated securities. For additional information, visit http://giving.colostate.edu/securities/.
- When including CSU in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.
Legal Name: Colorado State University Foundation
Location: 7115 Campus Delivery, 2243 Center Avenue, Suite 200, Fort Collins, CO 80523-7115
Federal Tax ID Number: 23-7098397
Information contained herein was accurate at the time of posting. The information on this website 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. California residents: Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. Oklahoma residents: A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. South Dakota residents: Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.