Give a gift of stock or appreciated assets

For many, a stock portfolio is one of their most valuable assets, and one that can carry substantial appreciation over time. A charitable contribution of appreciated securities that you have held for more than one year is simple and entitles you to a double tax benefit: you receive a charitable deduction for the full current market value of the stock, and you avoid the capital gains tax on the appreciation. 

It is important for Cornell to know the identity of the donors for all securities gifts in order to give prompt and accurate credit for all gifts received. Therefore, in addition to instructing your broker to include your name and address in the transfer instructions, please contact the Office of Alumni & College Advancement (, 319-895-4202) or the Business Services Office (, 319-895-4383) and forward a copy of your authorization to Cornell. 

Instructions for transferring securities to Cornell [pdf]

For additional information, contact Kristi Columbus '96, Senior Director of Development.