Gift Planning

Gifts of Personal Property


Click to play video which describes a gift of personal property

How It Works

  • You transfer a valuable painting, antique, or other personal property to Smith College.
  • Smith may hold and display the property or use it in the furtherance of its mission.
  • Smith may sell the property at some point in the future and use the proceeds for its mission.


  • You receive an immediate income tax deduction for the appraised value of your gift and pay no capital gains tax, so long as the gift can be used by Smith to carry out its mission.
  • In certain cases, you can use personal property to fund a life-income gift that provides you and/or other loved ones with an income now and benefits Smith in the future.
  • Without using cash, you can make a gift that is immediately beneficial to Smith College.

Contact Us

Planning your estate and legacy for future generations, including your charitable interests, takes careful evaluation. Consulting with the appropriate professionals can assist you.

Office of Gift Planning

Dawes House
8 Bedford Terrace
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (800) 241-2056 (option 5) or (413) 585-2051