Ontario County Park, Naples, New York.
An Autumn View Ontario County Park, Naples, New York. © Mathew Levine

All Planned Giving Options

Gift of Business Interest

Turn your business interests into a gift for nature.

Gifts of business interests, like stock in a closely held corporation or shares in an investment partnership, can be beneficial for both you and The Nature Conservancy. Gifts are usually made outright, but in some cases may be used to fund a life-income arrangement such as a charitable remainder unitrust.

How It Works

  • You give shares to TNC.
  • The Conservancy receives income distributions, and may sell the shares to a third party.

Benefits

  • Receive a charitable income tax deduction for your gift, based on the full fair market of the shares, minus any debt or other related liabilities. (Note: There is no capital gains liability on the transfer to TNC.)
  • May be able to use a business interest to create a life-income arrangement, such as a flip unitrust.
  • Have the satisfaction of making a significant gift that benefits both you and TNC during your lifetime.

Can It Work For You?

A gift of business interest may work for you if:

  • You are an entrepreneur, member of a family business, or an investor.
  • You are able to transfer your interest to third parties like TNC.
  • Your interest will continue to generate revenues that can flow to the Conservancy, or it is likely be redeemed or purchased in the near future.
  • Your interest is not encumbered by debt, and TNC will not be called on to make future contributions to or for the enterprise.

Check whether there are any restrictions on the transferability of the shares, and that the shares have not been used to secure a loan from the corporation or partnership. If the loan is still outstanding, the IRS will consider the gift as debt relief and will impute taxable income on the loan.

More Information

  • Make sure to secure an independent appraisal of the fair market value of the donation since shares in a closely held business or an investment partnership don't trade publicly.
  • Check whether there are any restrictions on the transferability of the shares, and that the shares have not been used to secure a loan from the corporation or partnership. If the loan is still outstanding, the IRS will consider the gift as debt relief and will impute taxable income on the loan.
  • Note that shares of an S-corporation are subject to additional IRS regulations.
  • The Nature Conservancy must first review and approve any transfer with regard to issues of marketability, liability and involvement in business operations.

It’s great when you can protect the future of the natural world and your own financial future at the same time.

ALL INTERNAL RIGHTS, LIMITED EXTERNAL RIGHTS. December 2013. The Mad Island Marsh Preserve protects 7,063 acres, including rare tallgrass coastal prairies. Every winter, birders flock to preserves and parks to tally species and take part in the Christmas Bird Count, a friendly competition that pits teams from across the contitent against each other. For five years, the team at The Nature Conservancy's Mad Island Marsh Preserve has come out ahead. Photo credit: © Karine Aigner
Mad Island Marsh ALL INTERNAL RIGHTS, LIMITED EXTERNAL RIGHTS. December 2013. The Mad Island Marsh Preserve protects 7,063 acres, including rare tallgrass coastal prairies. Every winter, birders flock to preserves and parks to tally species and take part in the Christmas Bird Count, a friendly competition that pits teams from across the contitent against each other. For five years, the team at The Nature Conservancy's Mad Island Marsh Preserve has come out ahead. Photo credit: © Karine Aigner © Karine Aigner