Appreciated Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities, stocks, and bonds convey considerable tax advantages when transferred to USC before they are sold. If you have held your securities for more than one year, your gift may 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 at (213) 740-6214 for further details and information, and we will send delivery instructions to your broker or financial advisor.
  • 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.

If you wish to make a gift of mutual funds, non-marketable stock, or closely held stock:

  • Please contact the Office of Planned Giving at (213) 740-2682 or the USC Investment Office at (213) 740-6214 to receive additional information about giving these types of securities.

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