Stock Donations

Support ForestWatch by Donating Stock!

Did you know that donating stock may be more beneficial to you than writing a check? Donate stock to Los Padres ForestWatch and make the most of your contributions to support local, grassroots, effective conservation.

Donating appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds is one of the simplest and quickest ways to support Los Padres ForestWatch. If you hold stocks, bonds, or mutual funds that have risen in value, and you have held them long term (more than one year and one day), you can consider using them to make a gift.

Why make a gift of stock?

  • A donation of appreciated securities qualifies you for a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the security on the gift date
  • You will not incur capital gains tax

This allows you to gain a greater tax benefit than if you sold the securities yourself and donated the cash from the sale.

How it works:

  1. You transfer securities to Los Padres Forestwatch
  2. ForestWatch sells them and uses the proceeds to support local conservation

Depending on your situation, it is usually a simple matter of signing a form or letter to authorize the transfer. If you are interested in donating stock, or need delivery instructions please call Serena at (805)617-4610 x2. She would be happy to answer any of your questions, including how to value your gift.