Appreciated Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities, stocks, and bonds provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to USC before they are sold. If you have held your securities for more than one year, you may find that your gift will provide a twofold tax benefit, creating an income-tax deduction as well as helping avoid the capital-gains tax that would have been due on their sale.

If you wish to transfer stocks from a broker’s account:

  • USC has accounts with major brokerage firms. Have your broker call the USC Investment Office for further details and information.
  • If stocks are to be delivered by DTC to the university’s bank, contact the USC Investment Office to have delivery instructions faxed or e-mailed to your broker or financial advisor.

If you wish to make a gift of physical securities on hand:

  • Physical stock certificates may be sent by certified mail or overnight express, with endorsement on the back of the certificate(s) exactly as stated on the face of the certificate(s). Do not fill in any other blanks. No stock power is necessary as long as you do not fill in the university’s name on the back.

You also may make a gift of mutual funds, non-marketable stock, or closely held stock. Contact the Office of Planned Giving for information about giving these types of securities.

Contact the USC Investment Office at 213-740-6214 to:

  • Transfer stocks from a broker’s account. We will send delivery instructions to your broker or financial advisor.
  • Receive additional information about making a gift of mutual funds, non-marketable stock or closely held stock.

Mail correspondence regarding gifts of securities to:
University of Southern California
Investment Office
USC Tower at South Park Center
1150 South Olive, Suite 2300
Los Angeles, CA 90015