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Designate and Donate — Stocks and Investment Accounts

How It Works

  • Contact your broker about a TOD (Transfer on Death) form to designate and donate a single stock certificate. Contact your broker or investment account holder about a TOD (Transfer on Death) or beneficiary designation form for mutual funds or other types of investment accounts.

Benefits

  • You receive an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities on the date of transfer, no matter what you originally paid for them.
  • You pay no capital gains tax on the transfer when the stock or share of investment account is sold.

More Details on Gifts of Stocks and Investment Accounts

Stocks and Investment Accounts: You've Planned for the Future

Investment accounts hold cash or stocks for the long term. You may have a mutual fund or a brokerage account, which is held at a financial institution. The objective of these accounts is to achieve long-term growth, provide future income or preserve capital. After your passing the remaining account balance may be transferred to heirs or charity.

When you opened the account, you should have received a form that tells the financial institution what to do with the assets when you pass away. This form is called a "Transfer on Death" (TOD) form. With it, you decide how your assets will be transferred. If you do not complete this form, you will cause unnecessary confusion among your heirs and added expense to your estate administration.

Keep it simple. Ask the account custodian for a TOD form, complete it, and share it with your financial or legal advisor. You can also leave all or a percentage of the assets to Anti-Defamation League. Any portion of your investment account left to us will be exempt from estate and inheritance tax. You also avoid paying any capital gains on assets that have increased in value over the years!



Compare Gift Plans Goals & Benefits Glossary Request Information

The professionals at our Department of National Planned Giving, Legacy and Endowments will be happy to discuss your interests, concerns and financial options, and work personally with you and/or your legal and financial advisors to create a plan that meets your needs and supports the Anti-Defamation League Foundation.

For more information, please contact:

Director of National Planned Giving, Legacy and Endowments
Anti-Defamation League Foundation (ADLF)
605 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10158
plannedgiving@adl.org
1-888-235-9710

This information is provided for educational purposes. The Anti-Defamation League Foundation and ADL are not financial, legal or tax advisors. Please contact your advisors regarding your financial, legal or tax needs.