Gifts of Real Estate

Donating a home, farm, or forested property can provide you with many financial benefits while supporting Oregon State University’s teaching, research, students, and outreach. Benefits may include:

  • Income tax deduction based on the appraised value of the property
  • Avoidance of capital gains taxes
  • Relief from maintenance and other ownership responsibilities
  • Assistance with property sale
  • Immediate or future support for OSU

The OSU Foundation has worked with donors of real estate since 1947, closing more than 450 gifts. These gifts of property may be made outright, as life-income gifts with tax benefits, or with an arrangement where you reserve the right to continue living on the property for your lifetime. Our experts can help you explore the options and create a plan that fits your needs.

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Gifts-in-kind – contributions of tangible property – may include items such as rare books for the library or specialized equipment for scientific research. The university has a review process for evaluating the suitability of these gifts. If the items meet the needs of an OSU program, donors can realize many rewards including:

  • Tax deduction based on the fair-market value of the item
  • Avoidance of capital gains taxes
  • Seeing a treasured possession advance research and education

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Yesterday's Beach House, Tomorrow's Physicians

Fred and Mary Brauti with Lena Ferguson

When Dr. Fred Brauti ’49, a retired radiologist, and his wife, Mary, decided to simplify their lives, they knew it was time to sell their cherished but seldom-used Gleneden Beach condo.

The couple contacted the OSU Foundation to learn about their options for turning the vacation home into a charitable gift. They decided to give the property outright—eliminating capital gains taxes, freeing them of the responsibility and expense of maintaining two homes, and providing a significant tax deduction.

Proceeds from the sale will expand the Fred and Mary Brauti Pre-Medical Scholarship Fund, which they established in 2011. “We weren’t going there very much,” Dr. Brauti said. “This was an easy way to build up the scholarship and help Oregon State students on their way to successful careers in medicine.”