What to Give

The Community Foundation is equipped to accept many types of gifts, including non-cash assets. This expands our donors’ giving options and ensures they can access flexible giving strategies with maximum tax advantages.

We can help donors establish their generosity goals, identify assets to gift, and determine which charitable giving opportunities best meet their objectives. Our team of generosity professionals are a trusted partner for good and champion our donors’ legacies for years to come.

Donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, is an easy and tax-effective way for you to make a gift to Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville that helps advance our mission to mobilize generosity in our community. This tax-effective method allows donors to make a meaningful contribution while avoiding capital gains tax on appreciated stock sales. To donate electronically, contact Giving@GiveHSV.org for instructions on transferring securities from your brokerage or investment account. If holding certificates, mail unsigned stock certificate(s) in one envelope and signed stock power(s) in another. Utilize certified mail for secure transactions. Your gift helps advance our mission, fostering positive change in our community.

Consider a gift to the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville of appreciated real estate—homes, vacation properties, land, farmland, ranches, or commercial properties. This impactful donation comes with benefits that can include avoiding capital gains tax on real estate sales, receiving a charitable income tax deduction based on the gift’s value, and creating a lasting legacy. To make this gift, transfer ownership through a deed, deeding part or all of the property. The gift’s value is determined by an independent appraisal of the property’s fair market value.

Donating unused retirement assets—IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension—to the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville is a powerful way to contribute to our mission. By gifting these assets, you may avoid potential estate tax, and may lessen the income tax on pre-tax funded retirement assets for future heirs. Simply complete a beneficiary designation form with your financial advisor to ensure the Community Foundation benefits from gift.

A donation of cash is a simple and easy way for you to make a gift that makes an immediate impact on our mission and provides a charitable income tax deduction for the donor.

Life insurance is one of the best ways to create a meaningful legacy. It exists to be an easy way to provide for the people – or causes – that mean the most to you. Gifting a life insurance policy that is no longer needed to the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville is an impactful gift for our organization. If a policy has outlasted its original purpose, like providing for independent adult children, consider this strategy for its various potential tax deductions.

Donors who are business owners have the opportunity to build their business and accumulate wealth for their families while also accomplishing their philanthropic goals through charitable planning. A gift of corporate stock or assets can provide tax and income benefits and help further our mission.

By giving a percentage of their voting or non-voting shares in their business to us outright they receive an income tax deduction. We will hold the shares for a future sale or redemption and can use any dividends paid for our charitable purpose. Alternatively, they may give a percentage of their voting or non-voting shares in their business for a donor advised fund (DAF) and receive a charitable deduction. The DAF will hold the shares for a future sale or redemption and can use any dividends paid for charitable grants. On an annual basis, they can advise us on how to make grants from the fund to favorite charitable causes. For an S corporation, there are special rules that apply to gifts of corporate stock. Please contact us to discuss the most tax-efficient way to structure a stock gift.

When it comes to penning a legacy, the possibilities are endless. We are privileged to partner with donors to create customized giving plans that match financial assets with charitable interests for maximum impact for our donors, their heirs, and our community.