A Guide for Donors

 


Gifts of Marketable Securities

&

Mutual Fund Accounts

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Guide for Donors

Gifts of Marketable Securities

And Mutual Fund Accounts

 

Each year, many donors choose to make gifts for the benefit of James Madison University using appreciated stock or mutual funds.  Such gifts often offer donors greater tax-wise advantages than gifts of cash or other resources.  There are just a few steps to follow to ensure that your wishes are met.  This Guide for Donors is intended to assist you in making a gift of marketable securities or shares of a mutual fund account.

 

The first three sections of the Guide address each of the ways to make a gift of marketable securities (such as the common stock of a publicly traded corporation).  Of the several methods presented, the method you choose will depend on the location and form of the securities you own.  The fourth section focuses on gifts of mutual fund account shares.

 

The Guide also includes a Sample Transmittal Letter to accompany the Stock/Bond Power form, a Sample Letter of Instruction to your broker, and a ready-to-execute Stock/Bond Power form for your convenience.

 

Please note that all charitable gifts for the benefit of the University need to be made through the James Madison University Foundation, Inc.

 

 

 

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The First Step – A call to advise the JMU Foundation of your intentions to transfer stock or mutual fund shares.

 

You can do this by calling the office toll free at 888.303.9939.  When you call, you should be prepared to provide the following information:

1)    A description of the gift, including the

number of shares and the name of the company.

2)    Any restrictions or designations you wish

to place on the use of the gift.

                   3) The date of the transfer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I)                 A Gift of Marketable Securities.

 

         Method 1 –  The Donor’s securities are held on account at a

         brokerage firm at which the JMU Foundation maintains an

         account.

 

The JMU Foundation maintains an account at several brokerage firms, and they are listed below.  If your securities are located with one of these brokerage firms, then please follow the instructions below.

 

The brokerage firms with a JMU Foundation Account are:

 

Ø                 A.G. Edwards

·        Contact:           Marshall F. Kiser

·        Toll-Free:                   800.996.2774

 

Ø                 Davenport

·        Contact:           Tom Johnson

·        Toll-Free:                   800.846.6666

 

Ø                 Paine Webber

·        Contact:           Paine Webber

·        Toll-Free:                   800.272.0027

 

Ø                 RBC Dain Rauscher

·        Contact:           Bill Loomis

·        Toll-Free:                   800.999.8922

 

Ø                 Scott & Stringfellow

·        Contact:           Mike Beahm

·        Toll-Free:                   800.768.2882

 

Ø                 Wachovia Securities

·        Contact:           Wes Graves

·        Toll-Free:                   800.879.9926

 

Steps To Take. . .

 

1.       The First Step - The key is to call and alert the JMU Foundation before you initiate the transfer (see the front page).  When you call, please ask for the JMU Foundation Account Number associated with the particular brokerage firm.  Then, direct your broker to transfer the securities to the JMU Foundation account maintained by the particular firm.

2.       Value of the Gift - The securities will be valued at the average of the high and low prices on the date the transfer to the JMU Foundation Account is completed.

3.       Confirmation of the Gift - Once the transfer is complete, you will be contacted by James Madison University to confirm that the gift was received.

 

II)             A Gift of Marketable Securities.

 

         Method 2 –  The Donor’s securities are held on account at a

         brokerage firm at which the JMU Foundation does not

         maintain an account.

 

If your securities are held by your brokerage firm or bank and the JMU Foundation does not maintain an account with that firm or bank, then please follow these instructions:

Steps To Take. . .

 

1.       The First Step - The key is to alert the JMU Foundation before you initiate the transfer (see the front page).

 

2.       The Crucial Next Step -- Then, it is important for you to advise your broker to direct that the transfer of securities be credited to the JMU Foundation account maintained by Wachovia Securities.

 

a.      In your communication with your broker, please ask your broker to transfer the securities to:

 

Wachovia Securities - DTC Account #141

Attention:  Wes Graves

2011 Evelyn Byrd Avenue

Harrisonburg, VA  22801

Toll-Free – 800.879-9926        

 

If you choose to contact your broker in writing, a Sample Letter of

         Instruction to your broker is included in the Appendix of this Guide.

 

b.     At the same time, alert your broker to provide Wes Graves (or Ann Ring) at Wachovia Securities (800-879-9926) with the following information:

                                                             i.      Your name (as the donor).

                                                           ii.      Any restrictions or designations on the use of the gift.

                                                        iii.      The expected date of the transfer.

 

c.      Advise your broker to direct Wachovia Securities to credit the transfer to the Wachovia Securities Account for:

 

James Madison University Foundation, Inc.

 

3.       Value of the Gift - The securities will be valued at the average of the high and low prices on the date the transfer to the JMU Foundation Account is completed.

 

4.       Confirmation of the Gift - Once the transfer is complete, you will be contacted by James Madison University to confirm the gift was received.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


III)         A Gift of Marketable Securities.

 

         Method 3 –  The Donor is holding the actual stock certificates

         and plans to deliver the securities in person, or send them by

         mail.

 

If you are planning to deliver the actual stock certificates in person or by mail, please follow these instructions:

 

Steps To Take. . .

 

1)     Do not fill in the back of the certificates.

 

2)    Transmittal Letter – Please prepare a brief letter to state that you intend to give the shares to the JMU Foundation, specifying the number of shares and the name of the company. Also, if there is any restriction or designation you wish to place on the use of the gift, include that information in the letter. (A Sample Transmittal Letter is included with this Guide.)

 

3)    Stock/Bond Power form is required – On the Stock/Bond Power form, you will need to include the date, number of shares, name of company, the certificate number(s), and your signature. (A ready-to-execute Stock/Bond Power form is included with this Guide.)   Please note the following directions:

 

a.        Do not fill in the pair of lines at the top of the form.

b.       You must sign the form only in the presence of someone who can provide a Medallion Guarantee.  At any commercial bank, someone is available to provide a Medallion Guarantee.  It is not enough for you to have the signature witnessed by a Notary Public.

 

4)    For in-person deliveries – The Office of the JMU Foundation is located on the first floor of 61 Court Square in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  The Office is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

5)    For deliveries by mail – Please prepare two envelopes for the U.S. Postal Service and send both of them by certified mail.

 

a.       In the first envelope, please include the unsigned certificates; and

b.      In the second envelope, please include the transmittal letter (described above), and the Medallion Guaranteed Stock Power form.

c.      The address is:       JMU Foundation, Inc.

61-B Court Square - MSC 8501

Harrisonburg, VA  22807

 

6)  Value of the GiftIf you hand-deliver the documents, then the securities will be valued at the average of the high and low prices on the date the documents are received at the JMU Foundation office.  If you deliver the documents by mail, the valuation day will be the date of the postmark by the U.S. Postal Service.  If you use a private delivery company, the valuation day will be the date on which the JMU Foundation receives the securities.

 

7)  Confirmation of the Gift – If you delivered the documents by mail or private delivery company, you will be contacted by James Madison University to confirm that the gift was received.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


IV)          A Gift of Mutual Fund Account Shares.

 

         One Method – The Donor intends to make a gift of shares from

         a mutual fund account.

 

This section focuses on gifts of mutual fund accounts shares.  The process is slightly different from the steps needed for transfers of marketable securities.  For gifts of mutual fund shares, please follow these instructions:

 

Steps To Take. . .

 

1)       The First Step - The key is to alert the JMU Foundation before you initiate the transfer (see the front page).

 

2)      The Next Call To Make – You then need to contact the mutual fund company for the particular requirements the company has for transferring shares to the JMU Foundation.

 

a.      In most cases, the JMU Foundation will need to open an account in its own name with the particular mutual fund company so that the gift of these shares can be transferred into the JMU Foundation account.

 

b.     Since it is likely that the JMU Foundation will need to establish an account, it is especially important that you contact the JMU Foundation office toll-free at 888-303-9939 to alert the Foundation of your desire to make a gift of mutual fund shares.

 

3)      Crucial Next Step -- Then, it is important for you to advise your broker or the mutual fund administrator to credit the transfer to the JMU Foundation account established with the particular fund company.

 

4)      Value of the Gift - The value of a gift of mutual funds will be the Net Asset Value (NAV) of the mutual fund as of the end of the day on the date the transfer to the JMU Foundation is completed.

 

5)      Confirmation of the Gift - Once the transfer is complete, you will be contacted by James Madison University to confirm that the gift was received.

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Appendix – Sample Letters and a Stock Power Form.

 

In this Appendix, you will find three documents to assist you as you prepare to make a gift for the benefit of James Madison University using either marketable securities or mutual fund account shares.

Text Box: The documents are:

1)	A Sample Letter of Instruction for your Broker – Please use this as a model for the letter you prepare to advise your broker of your intention to transfer stock you own to the JMU Foundation.

2)	A Sample Transmittal Letter – Please use this as a model for the letter you prepare to advise the JMU Foundation of your intention to transfer stock you own to the JMU Foundation.  This letter should be delivered to the JMU Foundation along with the executed and signed Stock/Bond Power form, either in person or by mail.

3)	An Irrevocable Stock/Bond Power form – You may copy and use this form.  Please complete it according to the directions in Section III of this Guide.  This form should be delivered to the JMU Foundation along with the Transmittal Letter, either in person or by mail.  Please remember that this form needs to be signed in the presence of someone who can place a Medallion Guarantee on the form; this can be done at any commercial bank.

Sample Letter of Instruction to your Broker

(See Section II – Method 2 for Gifts of Marketable Securities)

 

Name of Donor(s)

Address of Donor(s)

 

Date

 

Name of Broker

Name of Brokerage Firm

Street Address

City, State ZIP Code

 

Name of Donor’s Brokerage Account:      ______________________________

Brokerage Account Number:                    ______________________________

 

Dear ______________________:

 

Upon receipt of this letter, I (We—if a joint account) instruct Name of Brokerage Firm to transfer from my (our) above referenced account shares of common stock I (We) own.  Specifically, please transfer:  Number of Shares in Name of Company to James Madison University Foundation, Inc.

 

Please transfer these shares electronically to the JMU Foundation’s brokerage account at Wachovia Securities using the DTC Account # 141    Attention:  Wes Graves (Toll-Free 800-879-9926).  The address is 2011 Evelyn Byrd Avenue – Harrisonburg, VA  22801.

 

The transfer should be credited to the account maintained Wachovia Securities for the JMU Foundation.

 

Thank you for your assistance in making this transfer.

 

Sincerely,

 

_______________________

Donor(s)

 

cc:      Thomas Schaeffer

          Executive Vice President

          JMU Foundation, Inc.

          MSC 8501

          Harrisonburg, VA  22807

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Transmittal Letter

(See Section III – Method 3 for Gifts of Marketable Securities)

 

 

Name of Donor(s)

Address of Donor(s)

 

Date

 

Thomas Schaeffer

Executive Vice President

JMU Foundation, Inc.

MSC 8501

Harrisonburg, VA  22807

 

Dear Tom,

 

I am writing to advise you that I intend to make a gift to the JMU Foundation for the benefit of James Madison University using stock that I own; specifically ____________________ shares of __________________________________ [please include here the number of shares and the name of the company).

 

I have the actual stock certificates and will deliver them to the JMU Foundation office in person (or, by mail – as the case may be).  I understand that I will need to execute a Stock/Bond Power form, with my signature on the form Medallion Guaranteed.

 

I ask that this gift be directed to the JMU Foundation for the benefit of James Madison University.  I direct that this gift be used as follow:

 

      £  JMU Endowment, with no restrictions or designations.

      £  JMU Endowment, with the following restrictions (or designations):

           _____________________________________________________________

      £  Other:

           _____________________________________________________________

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me, at ________________ (please include a telephone number at which you can be contacted during the day).

 

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

 

_________________________

Name of Donor(s)

 

Irrevocable Stock/Bond Power

 

 

For value received, the undersigned do(es) here sell, assign, and transfer to: (please leave these lines blank)

 

__________________________________________

________________________________________________

 

IF STOCK, THEN PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SECTION

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                         

 

IF BONDS, THEN PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SECTION

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The undersigned do(es) here irrevocably constitute and appoint                  First Clearing Corporation attorney to transfer the said stock or        bond(s), as the case may be, on the books of the above-named     Company, with full power of substitution in the premises.

 

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Medallion Guarantee: