Gift of Cash

If you want to help The Piedmont Environmental Council today and maximize your charitable deduction, consider making your gift with cash. Cash is the simplest asset to donate. It is also the easiest for us to accept and quickly put to good use.

Make your cash gift online, via a check or money order, a credit card or a wire transfer.

Appreciated Securities

Donating appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual funds is quick and simple and may provide you with significant tax benefits. When you give appreciated securities, you may receive an immediate tax deduction and savings on capital gains taxes. 


  • You receive gift credit and an immediate income tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities on the date of transfer, no matter what you originally paid for them.
  • You pay no capital gains tax on the securities you donate.
  • You can direct your gift to a specific fund or purpose.

How to contribute gifts of securities

When giving securities, be sure to consult with your financial advisors. Let us know that the gift is coming, and what program or specific fund you would like us to apply it to. Contact us for detailed instructions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540-347-2334. 

Sample Letter for a Gift of Securities (Word Document)

Securities held by your broker

Inform your broker in writing that you wish to give appreciated securities to The Piedmont Environmental Council. Be sure to let the broker know when you'd like the transfer made. 

Certificates held by you

If you hold the actual stock certificates, you will need to sign a stock power form for each certificate you contribute. You may obtain a stock power from any broker or financial institution. When you sign the power, be sure to sign your name precisely as it appears on the certificate. For example, if you are listed as John P. Smith on the certificate, sign it John P. Smith.