Make a Gift of Stock

It is easy to contribute appreciated securities to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The UUA can also receive gifts of stock on behalf any UU congregation or recognized UU entity through our Umbrella Giving program.

We appreciate your generosity and commitment to Unitarian Universalism and look forward to working with you to complete your gift plans.

Giving Publicly Traded Stock

Publicly traded stock (stock traded on the any of the major exchanges, such as the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, etc.) can generally be transferred electronically within a few days.

Step One: Complete Gift Notification Form

Both the UUA and our stock transfer agent need advance written notice of your plans to ensure that the transfer goes smoothly and your gifted securities will be properly credited upon receipt. Complete the Gift Notification Form and we will forward a copy to our transfer agent.

The Gift Notification Form serves as official record of the purpose of your gift as well as providing the necessary information for us to monitor the progress of the transfer. Please fill out the form as completely as possible and submit it to us before you initiate any transfer of securities.

Step Two: Arrange For Gift Transfer

Transfer securities electronically through depository trust company (DTC) using the instructions provided here: Electronic Transfer of Stock.

Giving Mutual Funds, Stock Certificates, or Privately Held Stock

Mutual funds, physical stock certificates, and privately held stock often require a more complex process than publicly traded stock. The UUA will be glad to handle as much of the processing as possible and to coach you through the process. However, those types of securities can take longer to transfer—up to eight weeks in some situations. If the timing of your gift is critical (for tax purposes, for example) please talk to us as soon as possible. Regardless of timing, if you plan to make a gift of mutual funds or privately held stock, please contact us at (888) 792-5885 or at before initiating the transfer.

Brokerage Fees & Gift Value

The UUA does not charge a fee for processing gifts of securities, though our broker, US Bank N.A., does charge a nominal fee for handling these transfers ($0.03/share for most transactions plus a small SEC fee). Ultimately, the amount we receive at the UUA (to be used by the UUA per your instructions, or to be forwarded to your congregation or other UU entity) will be based on the sale price minus any fees.

Per IRS rules, your gift value (for tax purposes) is based on the average of the high and low price of your stock gift on the date of transfer into the UUA account. Your gift value is not reduced by brokerage fees.