Donating Stocks

The federal government has made it more rewarding than ever to donate the value of listed stocks to charitable organizations. The obligation to pay capital gains tax has been removed.

Previously, a taxpayer who donated eligible shares that had increased in value since their purchase was required to pay tax on 25% of the increased value.

Take the example of a donor who wants to make a scholarship gift to Memorial and does so with a gift of publicly traded stocks. If the stocks were purchased for $400 but have a current market value of $1,000, then Memorial will issue a receipt for $1,000. This results in a $486.00 donation tax credit (when using the top marginal tax rate of 48.6%).

If you would like to speak directly to someone about making a gift to Memorial University, please call (709) 864-4354, toll free at 1-877-700-4081 or email




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