In-kind donations

When donating the value of shares you own in company stock, you can sell the shares and donate the cash. Or you can transfer the shares “in-kind,” without selling them. If you donate low-basis, in-kind stock from a taxable account to a Donor Advised Fund or other qualified charity, neither you nor your recipients are subject to capital gains taxes on the appreciated stock. If you instead sell the shares and donate the cash, the gains become taxable income in the year of the sale.