Gifts of Cash
Gifts of Cash are the most common form of contribution. A gift of cash is easy to do, and the gift is not subject to gift or estate taxation. Pledges provide you an opportunity to make a larger gift than you otherwise thought possible by committing your gift over a period of three to five years. Ideally, your pledge should be documented in writing.
Your gift of cash may qualify as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return, as well as qualify as a tax credit on your Indiana State Tax Return.
Want to direct a cash gift to a specific fund? Learn more about our endowed funds.
Gifts of Stock
Gifts of Stock or mutual fund shares are an excellent way to support WFIU. A gift of appreciated securities that you have held for more than one year is frequently the most economical way to make a gift. A gift of stock can generate the most favorable tax benefits—you may avoid paying capital gains tax on the increase in value of the stock, you may receive an income tax deduction for the full fair-market value of the stock at the time of the gift, and your gift may qualify for an Indiana state tax credit if you are an Indiana resident.
Other ways to use stock gifts:
Membership. You may use a gift of stock to fund your annual membership, with benefit levels corresponding to the amount of the gift.
Legacy Gifts. You can use stock to fund a life-income vehicle, such as a charitable remainder trust or a charitable gift annuity. Each choice has distinct advantages that we will be happy to discuss.
How to make a stock transfer
The most common and efficient method of giving securities is an electronic transfer. An electronic stock gift to WFIU or WTIU through the IU Foundation can be accomplished in several different ways. The most common methods are:
- Broker Transfer (the preferred method). We have accounts with most major firms and major regional companies and would be happy to work with your personal broker. Notify your broker of your intentions and ask him/her to call us to work out the details.
- Mailing a Certificate. A certificate may be mailed directly to the IU Foundation. Mail the certificate in one envelope; leave the back of the certificate blank. In a separate envelope, send a signed stock power (sign exactly as name appears on certificate with signature guaranteed; leave remainder blank). Please send each by certified mail.
- Or, have your broker call the Office of Gift Planning at the IU Foundation at (800) 558-8311 to work out the details. For delivery instructions for bonds or mutual funds, please call the IUF Investment Department at 800-558-8311. We encourage you to notify WFIU or WTIU so we may promptly acknowledge your intentions.