Personal Property Gifts

Making a donation of tangible personal property can be an excellent way to save on taxes, dispose of property that is expensive to insure or maintain, and support The Nature Conservancy.

For more information contact one our gift planning experts at (877) 812-3698 or at

How It Works
  1. You transfer a painting, antiques, collectibles or other personal property to The Nature Conservancy. (Note: Most gifts of personal property are made to The Nature Conservancy outright.
  2. The Nature Conservancy may hold the property and display or use it, or may sell the property and use the proceeds to advance critical conservation work.
  • Receive gift credit and an immediate income tax deduction for the appraised value of your gift.
  • Pay no capital gains tax, provided your gift satisfies the "related use" requirements of the IRS.
  • In some instances, fund a life-income gift, such as a FLIP unitrust, that benefits The Nature Conservancy while providing you with income now.
  • Have the satisfaction of making a significant gift to The Nature Conservancy without adversely affecting your cash flow.
A Gift of Personal Property May Be for You If:
  • You hold artwork, books or collectibles that you no longer wish to maintain.
  • You hold equipment, supplies or other items that would be useful to The Nature Conservancy.
  • You want to avoid capital gains tax on the transfer of these assets.
More Information
  • Donors who contribute appreciated property, like securities and real estate, receive two tax breaks: a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the asset and no capital gains tax on the transfer. The same benefits apply to gifts of personal property. You will need to secure an independent appraisal of the property to establish the amount of your deduction.
  • To obtain a full, fair-market-value deduction for a gift of personal property, the items must relate to The Nature Conservancy’s overall charitable purpose and functions. Do not donate personal property with instruction that the items be liquidated for cash, because the IRS will then limit your charitable deduction to your cost basis in the property. We will work with you and your advisors on this point as you consider a personal property gift.

Note: Contact your local Nature Conservancy chapter to inquire about donating a vehicle.

Learn More

For more information contact one our gift planning experts at (877) 812-3698 or at

You can protect forests and other natural places by making a planned gift with The Nature Conservancy. Contact us today.


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