Invest in the Future with Stocks, IRAs, and Mutual Funds
Donating stocks, mutual funds, or IRA assets is a smart and simple way to make a meaningful investment in San Francisco Bay. Learn more about your options how you can help build a climate resilient future.
The IRA Charitable Rollover allows people age 70½ or older to make charitable gifts up to $100,000/year directly to Save The Bay without incurring federal income tax on the withdrawal.
To make a gift from your IRA to Save The Bay, contact your IRA administrator to arrange a direct transfer from your account. Your IRA administrator can send the funds by a check made payable to Save The Bay and mailed to:
Save The Bay
300 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Ste 280
Oakland, CA 94612
Please note that if the check is made payable to you and you deposit it into your bank account and then write a personal check for the gift, the distribution will not qualify as a charitable distribution and will be included in your taxable income.
Please consult your own professional tax or legal advisor before making any charitable gift decision based on this information.
Gifts of securities such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds are especially advantageous if you hold a security that has increased in value since you acquired it. By making a gift of stock held longer than one year, you avoid paying capital gains tax. In addition, you would receive an income tax deduction for the current market value of the gift.
If you hold stocks or bonds in street name with a broker, you may transfer the securities electronically by instructing your broker to send the securities to our account through the Depository Trust Company (DTC).
In order to facilitate the transfer and acknowledgment of your stock gift, please notify Katie Reitter at email@example.com of your name, the name of the stock, and the number of shares being donated before you transfer the stocks.
We will respect the wishes of donors who prefer not to have their name publicly disclosed.
Mutual funds make excellent gifts and offer the same tax benefits as gifts of stocks or bonds.
If your mutual funds are held by your broker or banker, or are in certificate form, please use the procedure for stocks or bonds explained in the stocks tab.
If they are held by the fund company, you may write a dated letter to the fund, indicating your account number and instructing them to transfer the shares to:
Save The Bay
Tax identification number 94-6078420
Attn: Katie Reitter
300 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Ste 10
Oakland, CA 94612
Your letter should be signed and your signature guaranteed by your broker or banker. Please enclose a copy of your latest statement if possible and send your letter by certified mail (and request a return receipt if you would like to have proof of its delivery). Please send a copy of your authorization to Katie Reitter to notify us of your gift.
Note: Most mutual fund companies have a toll-free number for shareholder questions. You may want to call them to confirm the above procedure before mailing your authorization letter.