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Gifts of Real Estate

A gift of appreciated real property (such as your home, vacation property, vacant land, farmland, ranch or commercial property) can make a great contribution to the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

Flowchart: Donor makes a gift of appreciated real estate to .

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

Your real property may be gifted to the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance by executing or signing a deed transferring ownership. You may deed part or all of your real property to the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Your gift will generally be based on the property's fair market value, which must be established by an independent appraisal.

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.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about gifts of real estate, please contact us. We would be happy to assist.