Gifts of Personal Property

Gift of Personal Property Diagram

How It Works

  • You transfer a valuable painting, antiques or other personal property to Johns Hopkins.
  • Johns Hopkins may hold and display the property or us it to advance our mission.
  • Johns Hopkins may sell the property at some point in the future and use the proceeds for our 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 Johns Hopkins to carry out its mission.
  • In certain cases, you can use personal property to fund a life-income gift, such as a charitable remainder unitrust, that provides you and/or other loved ones with an income now and benefits Johns Hopkins in the future.
  • Without giving cash during your life, you can make a gift that is immediately beneficial to Johns Hopkins.