Important Giving FAQs
Is My Donation Tax-Deductible?
Yes! Your gift to Congregation Emanu-El is tax-deductible. You are entitled to a charitable contribution deduction against your income tax if you itemize deductions (please confirm with your tax preparer). A contribution made by cash or check is deductible in the year in which it is contributed to the Congregation and deposited. A credit card contribution is deductible in the year it is charged, even if payment is made in a later year.
Does Emanu-El Accept Stock Transfers?
Yes, the Congregation accepts all contributions made via stock transfers. There are tax advantages to making a gift to Congregation Emanu-El in this way. You’ll enjoy an immediate tax deduction for the value of the stock transfer and avoid paying capital gains. You may also reduce your taxable estate by donating stock.
To facilitate a stock transfer, please use the following information:
- Brokerage Firm: First Republic Securities Co, LLC
- Account Name: Congregation Emanu-El
- For Further Credit to Accounting Number: 33L064574
- Clearing Firm: Pershing LLC
- Pershing LLC DRC#:0443
Please call First Republic at (415) 262-4118 and ask for Sam Schoner, Hilary Yu, or Mary Jane Reyes Phone: (415) 262-4118
It helps us greatly to know about your donation in advance, including the name(s) of the stock(s) being transferred (if available), approximate amount, and how you would like it directed at the Temple.
How Can I Maximize My Contribution? Is My Gift Eligible for Corporate Gift Matching?
Your donation to the congregation may be eligible for matching by your employer under their corporate giving program. Many Bay Area companies will match charitable donations dollar-for-dollar, or at a certain percentage. Please contact your company’s matching gifts coordinator or HR department to determine whether your donation to Congregation Emanu-El is eligible to be matched.
How Can I Support Specific Congregation Programs?
We encourage congregants to make their donations to the Impact Fund to provide maximum flexibility to address the greatest needs of our community. If you prefer to designate your contribution, you can choose from a wide variety of existing funds that support different programs and needs.
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