Over 40.0% of America’s wealth
is comprised of real estate.
Yet, less than 2.0% of charitable giving
comes from gifts of real estate, evidence that
real estate is too difficult for most charities
to accept as gifts.
Last year over $400 billion was given
to America’s 1.1 million public charities, and
a small increase in percentage of real estate gifts
can make a profound difference.
We are determined to be the agent of change
and increase real estate giving to
all of America’s nonprofits.
Turning Your Deed into a Good Deed.
Introduction to Realty Gift Fund: Donate Real Estate to Charity
Welcome to Realty Gift Fund
Realty Gift Fund is a group of nonprofit and real estate professionals who recognize the unique problem of real estate donations, and who established Realty Gift Fund to make a meaningful impact on charitable giving through gifts of real estate.
Welcome to Realty Gift Fund, a qualified 501(c)3 formed exclusively to accept charitable gifts of real estate, providing real estate owners the opportunity to “give back” to their communities and to receive the tax benefits of a charitable donation in accordance with established IRS regulations. By supporting the nonprofit world, we lessen the burden on government for the broad spectrum of services our non-profits provide.
“A Smarter Way to Give”
Direct gifts of appreciated assets are simply a smarter way to give allowing donors to avoid capital gains taxes, to receive a tax deduction based on current appraisal, to preserve the more liquid assets, and to relieve a portfolio of a complex asset that is no longer needed. The net proceeds from the full gift cycle deliver significant cash to one or more nonprofits, and produce legacy relationships that last forever.Learn how to donate
“Do What You Do Well”
Most charities should not accept direct gifts of real estate, which often are illiquid, complicated or risky, but most always cause “mission drift” for fundraisers not trained in the transaction process. Realty Gift Fund uses its experience and resources to work with nonprofits, donors and their advisors to accept gifts of real estate, to improve or remediate properties for market, and to convert the assets to cash. Realty Gift Fund then grants the excess proceeds from each sale to charities the donor has recommended, to charities who referred the donor, or to charities RGF supports.
Partial Cash Payment
RGF can accept a portion of the property’s fair market value as a charitable gift and make a partial cash payment to the donor for the difference, allowing the donor to eliminate debt or to keep cash for any personal use. This is known as a Bargain Sale.Read FAQ's
To promote the charitable giving of real estate by accepting real estate gifts of any kind, anywhere…fixing or remediating assets for market, converting them to cash…and using the net proceeds to make grants to other non-profit organizations for current and planned gifts.
Through grants and educational efforts, Realty Gift Fund hopes to make a meaningful impact on charitable giving through gifts of real estate.
Why Choose Us?
Realty Gift Fund is an outgrowth of Realty Restoration Gift Fund, a qualified 501(c)3 organized in 2001. The new name reflects a broadened mission to convert real estate of all types into useful charitable gifts, in addition to remediating environmentally impaired properties that can be placed back into productive use. Besides making outright grants to charities, RGF makes educational grants for programs focused on real estate giving and environmental remediation.
Our Unique Ability
RGF has the unique ability to accept gifts of real estate burdened by common issues that deter real estate giving. Debt, deferred maintenance, vacancy, operational shortfalls, leasing fees, tenant improvement costs, and routine capital needs present risk that most charities cannot accept. Title and environmental issues, illiquidity, and changing markets add to this risk, rendering many properties unacceptable as gifts to most non-profits.Learn how to donate
We Prevent Risks
The aversion to real estate risk prevents most non-profits from forming gift acceptance policies that identify high quality gifts and from developing proactive campaigns that ask for real estate. As a result, real estate offered by well-intended donors is frequently rejected, and occasional gifts that are accepted too often contribute to a narrative of disappointment. In the end, the largest asset class in America makes up less than 2.0% of charitable giving every year.
RGF’s staff and network of consultants are experienced at solving complex real estate problems and outlining gift strategies appropriate to each circumstance. We assist individual and corporate property owners, collaborate with other non-profits, and assist professionals in the field to raise awareness, grow philanthropy, and drive gifts of real estate to the charitable world.Read FAQ's
Realty Gift Fund supports non-profit organizations that tirelessly serve our communities. We are proud to support them with grants made possible by gifts of real estate to RGF.
Realty Gift Fund Grants Made
|American Endowment Foundation||Hudson, OH|
|Berkeley Humane||Berkeley, CA|
|Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust||Arvada, CO|
|Colorado Public Radio||Centennial, CO|
|Colorado School of Mines Foundation||Golden, CO|
|Colorado State University||Ft. Collins, CO|
|Denver Foundation||Denver, CO|
|Fidelity Charitable||San Francisco, CA|
|Fulton County Center for Regional Growth||Gloversville, NY|
|Gerard’s House||Santa Fe, NM|
|Girl Scouts||Santa Fe, NM|
|Groundwork Denver||Denver, CO|
|Journey Montessori School||Santa Fe, NM|
|Land Trust Alliance||Washington D.C|
|Mary’s House||Sierra Vista, AZ|
|Mesilla Valley Hospice||Las Cruces, NM|
|Mile High Youth Corp||Denver, CO|
|Multiple Sclerosis Society||Denver, CO|
|National Jewish Health||Denver, CO|
|Presbyterian Medical Services||Santa Fe, NM|
|Roadrunner Food Bank||Albuquerque, NM|
|St. Elizabeth’s Shelter||Santa Fe, NM|
|The Denver Hospice||Denver, CO|
|The Food Depot||Santa Fe, NM|
|Urban Land Conservancy||Denver, CO|
|We Don’t Waste||Denver, CO|
When mid-year 2022, I decided to donate roughly 50% of the proceeds of the sale of my hotel, I thought it was a simple transaction. As I worked with my lawyer and accountant, I realized that nothing in America is simple anymore. The government has got their tentacles everywhere and has overly complicated everything, including charity. Continue