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Donate to charity via ShareGift Australia

What a brilliant concept! 
Did you know that there are over 900,000 Australians who own small parcels of shares that add up to in excess of $93 million? If you are one of these investors, you might be very interested in this unique service that will not only save you money, but also help those in need. 
ShareGift Australia provides a unique opportunity for people who own a few shares, or even a lot, and want to make a difference. A not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, ShareGift Australia provides investors with a convenient and cost-effective way to sell small parcels of shares that would normally be expensive to trade, and then donates the proceeds to charities. 
In just six years, it has been responsible for donating over $520,000 to more than 280 Australian charities. The concept was first conceived in the UK in 1996. Since that time, ShareGift UK has raised over £16,000,000 for almost 2,000 charities. 
How does it work?
It is really quite simple. ShareGift Australia facilitates the sale of shares at full market value on behalf of the shareholder (via its supporting brokers) and then distributes the funds to eligible Australian charities. If the proceeds of the sale exceed $50 the shareholder can nominate a charity to receive a distribution.
It is an excellent way of donating because the benefactor doesn’t pay any brokerage, plus they receive a tax deduction of the full sale proceeds (if the donation is over$2.00).
Who benefits?
In a nutshell, everyone involved. Here’s a true story to explain... 
A shareholder, let’s call her Anne, received a letter from her adviser about ShareGift Australia and was extremely interested in how it all worked. Anne was a generous but cautious person, so decided to test the service with a few shares worth around $100. As the donation exceeded $50, she was invited to nominate a charity. Anne was impressed with how easily it all worked and not only did she save money by not having to pay brokerage on such a small sale, her charity received a distribution in that quarter.
 
Other options
 
ShareGift Australia is a flexible service because every share makes a difference. You can donate one or 100 shares, you can bequeath shares in your Will or you can even donate cash.
 
For full information about this brilliant concept, visit the ShareGift Australia website– www.sharegiftaustralia.org.au.  If you have any share odds and sods you want to sell, this could be the perfect solution.
 

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