Paying tithing with stocks ?

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Paying tithing with stocks ?

Postby runnerguy45 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:22 pm

Hello all, what are steps one has to do if they want to pay tithing via stocks ?

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Re: Paying tithing with stocks ?

Postby lajackson » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:38 pm

runnerguy45 wrote:Hello all, what are steps one has to do if they want to pay tithing via stocks ?

The member should contact the Donations in Kind Department at Church headquarters. The number is 801.240.2554. They will provide instructions and will furnish the receipt.

The ward is not involved with donations in kind.

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Re: Paying tithing with stocks ?

Postby Mikerowaved » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:43 pm

There is more information on donating stock on the LDS Philanthropies website here:

In addition to the phone number Bro. Jackson provided, you can also email your question to

I've donated stock in the past and was very pleased with the way it was handled. One caution though, if you plan to do this for credit in a particular calendar year, don't wait until the last week in December. Depending on your broker, it can sometimes take a few weeks to finalize the transaction.
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Re: Paying tithing with stocks ?

Postby mhcook » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:39 am

What about Bitcoin? I would like to donate some. Here is an article where the IRS declared Bitcoin as property. There are going to be request worldwide to take these as they have appreciated similiar to stocks. ... n-bitcoin/

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Re: Paying tithing with stocks ?

Postby aebrown » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:49 am

mhcook wrote:What about Bitcoin? I would like to donate some.

I would refer you to the post before yours, where contact information for the Donations Department was provided. It's my understanding that the Church is primarily interested in assets that can readily be converted to cash, so the real question the Donations people will want to answer is whether a particular asset meets that criterion. So I'd recommend that you ask them; no one on this forum is qualified to answer that.

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Re: Paying tithing with stocks ?

Postby earlfox » Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:41 pm

Yeah tithing with Bitcoin would so awesome! I'm receiving my salary in Bitcoin and this is would really awesome breakthrough - especially for those members who live in the geographical areas where's no Church. Also Bitcoin is positioned as "freedom" money and it has no fees, I think Church leaders must consider it closely!

Look at the example - there was $140,000 donated during the first week Wikipedia started accepting Bitcoin as donations!

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Re: Paying tithing with stocks ?

Postby kimekstrom » Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:33 am

Another tip. I waited till very late this year to try to pay my tithing with some appreciated company stock I had held for some time. I pay my tithing at year end and had been planning to pay this way for some months. I foolishly assumed there would be an easy, instant online process. No. There is a cumbersome paper process that involves mailing in forms with witnessed signatures, etc. Not enough time on December 29 to complete the process (hold your comments on procrastination). Both the donations in kind office and several people at my brokers (Fidelity) 800 stock transfer number told me was basically overnight the documents and we will make a best effort but probably not. What they all failed to mention is that I could go to the local office if there is one and do the transfer on the spot. Closest office was a 45 minute drive to SLC, which was less time than it would take to fill out the forms, get signatures witnessed, send fed ex overnight for morning delivery etc. Fidelity said they do about 50 a day this time of year. I needed to transfer about 20 lots for a total of 424 shares. They filled out some paperwork at the front counter in about to minutes and the transfer was executed later that same day.

Fidelity also has a donation account process that may make things even easier. I have not investigated this fully yet

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