A gift of artwork, coins, antiques or other personal property can be an excellent way to support Robin Hood.

A gift of personal property may be right for you if:

  • You own artwork, antiques or a collection of value that you no longer want.
  • You own other personal property that would be useful to us.
  • You want to save income taxes or capital gains taxes.
  • You would like to make a gift to Robin Hood.

How It Works:

You give your personal property to Robin Hood. Either we will put your property to a use related to our mission, or we will sell your property and use the proceeds to fuel our work.

How Your Gift Helps

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Gifts of Artwork, Coins and Other Collectibles

You can use artwork, coins and other collectibles to make a generous gift to Robin Hood. Depending on the property you give us, we may either keep your property and use it for our charitable purposes or sell it and use the proceeds to fund our mission.

Gifts of Other Personal Property

You may own equipment, supplies or other personal property that you no longer need and would be useful to us. Please discuss these items with us prior to your donation to determine which ones we will be able to put to productive use.

Relieve Yourself of Responsibility

Maintaining valuable collectibles, such as works of art or antiques, can be a big responsibility. By giving your collectible to Robin Hood, you will no longer be responsible for keeping it secure, preventing its deterioration or paying to insure it against damage or loss. If you are in this situation, consider making a gift of the item or items to us.

Tax Benefits

Your gift of personal property will save you income taxes (provided you itemize) and capital gains taxes.

If we are able to use the item(s) you give us to advance our charitable purpose, you will be eligible for an immediate income tax charitable deduction equal to the full appraised value of your property. If we cannot put your property to a related use, or you direct us to sell your property immediately for cash, your income tax charitable deduction will be limited to the amount you paid for your property.

Whether or not we are able to put your gift property to a related use, you will avoid all potential capital gains tax on your property. If you were to sell property that is considered a collectible, you would have to pay a special 28% tax on the difference between its current value and what you paid for it, rather than the 15% tax applied to sales of securities.

You may also save estate taxes – as once you give your collectible or other personal property to Robin Hood, the property will no longer be part of your estate.

Appraisal Requirements

You will need a qualified independent appraisal of your property in order to establish the value of your gift. If you give personal property valued at $5,000 or more and you wish to take an income tax charitable deduction for your gift, you will need to include this appraisal with your federal income tax return.

Consult With Us Before Making Your Gift

It is important that you discuss with us the personal property you are considering for donation before you make your gift. We want to be sure that we can accept the property you have in mind.

In addition, we will want to discuss with you what will happen to your property once we receive it. We want to be sure we will be able to carry out your wishes. This discussion will also help you anticipate the likely tax benefits of your gift.


Kurt Lester has been an avid stamp collector since he was a kid. His collection was appraised for insurance purposes last year at $20,000. Kurt paid only about $2,000 for his stamps.

Kurt is in his 80s now and is no longer adding to his collection. None of his children have expressed an interest in taking it over. A devoted supporter of Robin Hood for many years, Kurt wonders whether we could make good use of his collection.

After a discussion with Kurt and his advisers, we determine that it would be best for Robin Hood to sell the stamp collection and use the proceeds. Kurt is pleased that the value of his stamps will help support our organization and that the stamps themselves will wind up in the collections of others who will enjoy them as much as he has.

Because Robin Hood will sell the stamps and use the proceeds, Kurt will be able to deduct from his income taxes only the $2,000 he paid for the stamps. Kurt understands this and proceeds with his gift, knowing that it will provide valuable support to Robin Hood, as well as settle what is to become of his beloved stamp collection.