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Giving Stock or Other Securities

Giving securities can be an ideal way of supporting Consumer Reports. Your donation will help us deliver on our mission, and you may benefit from a charitable deduction equal to the full value of the stock.

When you make a contribution of appreciated stock or other securities such as bonds and mutual funds to Consumer Reports, you may receive superior tax benefits:

  • You will receive a charitable tax deduction equal to the value of the securities as long as you have held the security for at least one year
  • You won’t owe capital gains tax on the gain in the donated securities
  • Consumer Reports will not have to pay capital gains on the appreciated value, because of its nonprofit status

There are two ways of transferring stocks to Consumer Reports: Electronic Transfer and Physical Delivery.

Electronic Transfer

If your stock is held in a brokerage account, your broker will need the following information to transfer your gift electronically:

PNC Bank
Contact        ​Michael Rosburg | 412-768-7716
DTC#            2616​
Reference     21-46-001-5906782
CR Tax ID#   ​13-1776434​
 

Please contact Olivier Szlos at 914-378-2881 or oszlos@consumer.org in advance of the transfer so that we can notify and coordinate with PNC Bank. We will need your name, your address, and the type of stock and number of shares you will be donating.

If your donation is from a mutual fund, please call Michael Rosburg at PNC at the number above with the CUSIP number that is used to identify securities. This information will ensure that PNC can receive the transfer and that we can acknowledge and thank you for your tax-deductible gift.

Physical Delivery

If you hold the security's paper certificate, you will need to undertake the following steps to ensure that the paperwork is not vulnerable in transit.

  1. Request a stock power form for each stock certificate by calling 877-275-3425 or emailing Olivier Szlos at oslzos@consumer.org. You can also obtain a stock power form from your bank or broker.
  2. Sign the form exactly as your name appears on the stock certificate. Do not complete any other part of the form—it should be left blank.
  3. Send the signed stock power form(s) and a letter stating your intention to make a gift of the securities to Consumer Reports in its own envelope.
  4. Then mail the stock certificate(s) separately to Consumer Reports without any endorsement or assignment.
  5. The documents should be sent to:Consumer Reports Attn: Major Gifts 101 Truman Ave Yonkers, NY 10703

We recommend registered mail or a tracked delivery service for the stock certificates.

 
Donating Property or Other Assets

Donation of property or other assets can provide significant benefit to you and to Consumer Reports, especially when the property has appreciated in value.

If your portfolio includes any of the assets listed below, you may want to consider contributing it to Consumer Reports for superior tax benefits—now or through your estate plan.

  • Real estate
  • Art and collectibles
  • Privately held shares (C Corporation, S Corporation, and limited partnership interests)
  • Initial public offerings
  • Private equity and hedge fund interests
 
Giving Through Donor-Advised Funds

Giving through a donor-advised fund (DAF) is an increasingly popular way for donors to make gifts to Consumer Reports and other charities.

If you have established a donor-advised fund, please consider including Consumer Reports among the worthy charities to whom you recommend support. Please provide your name, your address and CR’s Tax ID# ​13-1776434​ along with the amount and the nature of the support (e.g. annual gift) to the charity that manages the fund.

If you do not have a donor-advised fund, you can establish a fund at a public charity through a gift of cash or assets and receive an immediate tax benefit for the full amount. Then, in the role of a donor adviser, you recommend charitable contributions to nonprofits such as Consumer Reports from the fund. This provides you with the time to make thoughtful philanthropic decisions while receiving an immediate tax benefit for the initial gift plus the added convenience of a public charity managing the fund and the distributions.

 

Questions?
If you are interested in making a gift of stock or other securities, please contact Olivier Szlos, especially in advance of any transfers. If you would like to donate property or other assets, please contact Amanda Das. And if you would like to establish a donor-advised fund at Consumer Reports, from which to recommend gifts to CR over time, please contact Shar Taylor.

Gifts of Stock or Other Securities

Write to Us

Olivier Szlos, Associate Director, Major Gifts
Consumer Reports
101 Truman Ave
Yonkers, NY 10703

Call Us

914-378-2881 (direct)
877-275-3425 (Planned Giving)

Gifts of Property or Other Assets

Write to Us

Amanda Das, Associate Director, Planned & Major Gifts
Consumer Reports
101 Truman Ave
Yonkers, NY 10703

Call Us

202-719-5904 (direct)
877-275-3425 (Planned Giving)

Donor-Advised Funds

Write to Us

Shar Taylor, Vice President, Development
Consumer Reports
101 Truman Ave
Yonkers, NY 10703

Call Us

202-719-5912 (direct)
877-275-3425 (Planned Giving)

Please note: This information is not intended as tax or legal advice. It is important to seek your own independent legal counsel and financial advice when preparing your estate plans. The laws regarding the validity and enforcement of wills vary from state to state.
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