Gifts of Real Estate
A gift of your appreciated real property (such as your home, vacation property, vacant land, farmland, ranch or commercial property) can make a great gift to the ELCA.
Here are some of the benefits you may enjoy:
- Avoid paying capital gains tax.
- Receive a charitable income tax deduction.
- Leave a lasting legacy.
How you make a gift of real property
If you are considering a gift of property to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, it is important that you contact the ELCA Foundation as soon as possible. Once reviewed and approved, your real property may be gifted to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by executing or signing a deed transferring ownership. You may deed part or all of your real property to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Your gift will generally be based on the property's fair market value, which must be established by an independent appraisal. Please contact us to discuss your property.
Can you make a gift of mortgaged property?
Please contact us if the property you wish to give has existing debt or a mortgage. Check with us on the capital gains tax implications of your gift. You also may be interested in life income options.