Assets That Can Become Gifts
The simplest way to support Cornell is through cash gifts. Many alumni, parents, and friends use cash, checks, and credit cards to make their gifts each year to the Cornell Annual Funds and to establish additional planned gifts.
But gift planning can make creative use of your other assets such as stocks, bonds, retirement accounts, and property (real estate and personal property such as art). Giving these assets can provide you with charitable deductions, and many can also offer other tax savings.
Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards
A gift of cash is easy to make.
Smart gift planning combines charitable intent with cost-efficient planning techniques.
Consider retirement-plan benefits for a significant gift to Cornell.
Life insurance may fund a gift or replace the value of a gifted asset.
Tangible Personal Property
Tangible property contributions provide charitable deductions based on a standard of "related use."
Most kinds of real estate may be donated to Cornell.
Closely Held Business Stock
Business owners contributing closely held stock are allowed a charitable deduction.
Privately Held, Family, Restricted, or Venture Securities
Gifts of these securities can produce significant tax savings and avoid long-term capital-gain tax.