The Michigan Gateway Community Foundation gratefully accepts gifts of securities. If either public or private securities have appreciated over time, the owner may incur substantial capital gains taxes if the stocks are sold outright. The donation of appreciated securities can offer the donor attractive income tax benefits, including relief from capital gains tax liability.

  • Outright Gifts
    • If the donor decides to relinquish ownership of the policy by assigning all rights, titles, and interest in the policy to the Community Foundation, the donor may be eligible for a charitable income tax deduction for the present value or future premium payments on the policy. If ownership of the policy is donated to the Community Foundation, even if ownership is retained by the donor, any proceeds received by the Community Foundation will be deductible by the insured estate as a charitable contribution, thus reducing the estate tax.Donors can also contribute insurance even though the policy is not fully paid up. The donor can name the Community Foundation the beneficiary, continue to maintain the policy, and receive a charitable tax deduction for premiums paid to keep the policy in force.
  • Deferred Gifts
    • Donors can contribute life insurance policies to fund a life income trust. These life income trusts (i.e. charitable remainder annuity trusts or charitable remainder unitrusts) are advantageous giving arrangements for many donors. A donor can make an irrevocable gift of an insurance policy’s present value, yet reserve income for the donor or other beneficiaries for life.

Types of Gifts

Gifts Requiring Committee Review

  • Tangible personal property that is not readily marketable
  • Real property
  • Closely-held and S corporation stock
  • Partnership interests
  • Accounts receivable (gifts of loans, notes, mortgages, etc.)
  • Gifts of intellectual property, mineral reserves, precious metals, and other types of assets carrying their own challenges
  • Gifts whose structure fall outside the ordinary purposes, bylaws, and procedures of the Foundation
  • Life insurance policies requiring future premium payments by the Foundation

Gifts Not Requiring Committee Review

  • Cash or cash equivalents
  • Checks
  • Marketable securities
  • Gifts of personal property for use in Foundation offices or programs
  • Life insurance policies except as noted above