Gift of Stock

Donating appreciated stock to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics benefits both you and Leave No Trace. You receive two tax-related benefits. First, the appreciated value of the donated stock is not subject to capital gains taxes. Second, the donor can deduct the fair market value of the stock as a charitable contribution (subject to IRS rules). The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics will sell the stock and put the money quickly to work. (As a non-profit organization, we're also exempt from capital gains taxes.) The net result: you can make a larger gift to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics because of the tax savings.

The treatment of capital gains varies from state to state. Be sure to consult your tax advisor regarding capital gains in your state. It is also important to remember that in order to maximize the tax benefit available to you, the shares you wish to donate must be transferred to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics before they are sold. The value of your contribution is determined by the date on which the gift of shares is complete (typically within 1-3 days of donation). The value of the gift is determined by averaging the high and low sales price per share on the date the transfer is completed and multiplying it by the number of shares transferred.

If you are interested in making a stock gift, please contact membership by phone at 303-442-8222 x 105 or by email at If you already know the specifics of the stock gift you would like to make, you can begin the gift transfer process by completing this form