Giving hard-to-value assets: It’s not just for real estate anymore

You are no doubt familiar with the many benefits of giving hard-to-value assets to a charity–and especially to a client’s donor-advised fund at YouthBridge Community Foundation. Because YouthBridge is a public charity, your client is eligible for the maximum allowable tax deduction for their contributions. This is because a client typically can deduct the fair market value of the asset given to the fund, and, furthermore, when the fund sells the asset, YouthBridge (as a public charity) does not pay capital gains tax. This means there is more money in the donor-advised fund to support charities than there would be if your client had sold the hard-to-value asset on their own and then contributed the proceeds to the donor-advised fund.

Individuals can take advantage of giving hard-to-value assets, and so can businesses. For example, when a business is sold, its owners may find themselves with artwork, insurance policies, or real estate on their hands, any of which can be donated to a donor-advised fund with the favorable tax treatment described above. Gifts of real estate have long been popular (although still underutilized) gifts to charity, sometimes making up nearly 3% of the value of all charitable contributions in any given year.

And the universe is expanding! In 2021, gifts of novel non-cash assets made their mark as a viable way to fund donor-advised accounts and other charitable efforts. Cryptocurrency is one type of asset that clients are now giving to charities, which was to be expected given the rise in popularity of Bitcoin and other currencies.

The team at YouthBridge can help your charitable clients make any type of gift by guiding you and your client through the gifting process so that your client’s donor-advised fund at YouthBridge can grow and support your client’s favorite charities.

Notably, we will be watching closely as more information becomes available about the environmental cost of donating ephemeral assets because of the stress that mining and transferring Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies place on the energy grid. The toll is so great, for example, that Greenpeace is backing away from accepting gifts of cryptocurrency.

This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended as legal, accounting, or financial planning advice. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your giving strategy, please contact us.