Making Donations of Stock to RCSJ

POSTED: November 14, 2017 under Blog Ways to Give

Did you know that Recovery Café San Jose is able to accept donations of stocks?

Why is this important?

By donating stock to us, rather than selling it and donating the cash proceeds, you get a deduction for the Fair Market Value at the date of contribution, as well as avoiding Capital Gains taxes. Assuming the stock is worth more now than when you purchased it, this can be a great benefit to you, as well as a great donation to us!

Essentially, if you purchased a stock for $1,500 and it is now worth $5,000, we get the full current value (our policy is to sell stocks immediately) of $5,000 and you get to deduct the full $5,000 from your taxes, and yet it only cost you $1,500. If you were to sell the stock first, and give us the proceeds, you would also be responsible to pay Capital Gains on the $3,500 increase in the value of the stock.

Learn More:

Everybody’s situation is different! We strongly encourage you to speak with your financial advisor before finalizing any stock donations!

To learn more about stock donations, you may also want to read these articles:

CNBC: A better way to give: Donate stock instead of cash –

Kiplinger: 5 Things You Should Know About Giving Stock to Charity –

CNN Money: Rising trend: Donating stock to charity –

How to Donate Stock to RCSJ:

All it takes is filling out a simple, one-page form and submitting it to your broker. Please contact Ken Goldstein, Executive Director of RCSJ, at and he will email that form to you right away, with our brokerage information already filled out.