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Special Gifts

Appreciated Securities

Donating a gift of appreciated securities is easy and can provide you with significant tax benefits. Please notify the OTS Development Office at 919-684-5774. Even if you have donated securities to OTS previously, please have your broker contact OTS Development BEFORE making the transfer. The transfer instructions can change annually. A quick phone call from your broker to verify the current instructions will prevent any transfer problems and ensure your gift is directed to OTS.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

You can recognize a loved one or a colleague with a memorial gift to support a special campaign or project to OTS.

Donation Form

Donations of Journals and Books

OTS is grateful to donors who wish to make a contribution of books and journals to our library in Costa Rica. However, due to space constraints, we have established the following policy for accepting donations of book and journals.

Prior to making a donation of books or journals to one of OTS' libraries, please send a list of items and the library for which they are intended (Walter Hodges Library at the Simons Center, La Selva Biological Station Library, Palo Verde Biological Station Library, Las Cruces Biological Station Library) to the OTS Development office. Due to space constraints, OTS may not be able to accept all donations. Please do not ship any journals or books to Costa Rica without prior approval from OTS.

Once your list is approved, please arrange for shipping directly to Costa Rica. OTS is not able to reimburse any donor for fees associated with the shipping of journal donations to Costa Rica. OTS can no longer accept donations of journals to our North American Office.

United States Tax Considerations for In-Kind Donations

Donors will receive an acknowledgment and gift receipt of their donation from the OTS Development Office at our North American Office. If the value of the gift is over $5,000 and tax credit is desired, it is the responsibility of the donor to obtain an external professional appraisal, which an OTS development officer co-signs (form 8803). In other instances, it is the donor's responsibility to determine fair market value. Appraisal of the monetary value of the gift for tax purposes is the responsibility of the donor. To receive a receipt for tax-purposes, please coordinate your donation with Jonathan Giles at jonathan.giles@tropicalstudies.org.

Special Campaigns and Projects

Special Campaigns and projects provide support for special initiatives in tropical education, research and conservation. Please contact the OTS Development office for ongoing campaigns and upcoming priorities. Projects that are being carried out at the stations include:

  • Purchasing Solar Panels at La Selva
  • Greening Facilities
  • Acquiring critical Laboratory Equipment
  • Adopting Trails for Maintenance
  • Creating Research Fellowships
  • Building the Las Cruces Land Fund

Appreciated Securities

Donating a gift of appreciated securities is easy and can provide you with significant tax benefits. Please notify the OTS Development Office at 919-684-5774. Even if you have donated securities to OTS previously, please have your broker contact OTS Development BEFORE making the transfer. The transfer instructions can change annually. A quick phone call from your broker to verify the current instructions will prevent any transfer problems and ensure your gift is directed to OTS.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

You can recognize a loved one or a colleague with a memorial gift to support a special campaign or project to OTS.

Membership Form (4.3 mb)

Donations of Journals and Books

OTS is grateful to donors who wish to make a contribution of books and journals to our library in Costa Rica. However, due to space constraints, we have established the following policy for accepting donations of book and journals.

Prior to making a donation of books or journals to one of OTS' libraries, please send a list of items and the library for which they are intended (Walter Hodges Library at the Simons Center, La Selva Biological Station Library, Palo Verde Biological Station Library, Las Cruces Biological Station Library) to the OTS Development office. Due to space constraints, OTS may not be able to accept all donations. Please do not ship any journals or books to Costa Rica without prior approval from OTS.

Once your list is approved, please arrange for shipping directly to Costa Rica. OTS is not able to reimburse any donor for fees associated with the shipping of journal donations to Costa Rica. OTS can no longer accept donations of journals to our North American Office.

United States Tax Considerations for In-Kind Donations

Donors will receive an acknowledgment and gift receipt of their donation from the OTS Development Office at our North American Office. If the value of the gift is over $5,000 and tax credit is desired, it is the responsibility of the donor to obtain an external professional appraisal, which an OTS development officer co-signs (form 8803). In other instances, it is the donor's responsibility to determine fair market value. Appraisal of the monetary value of the gift for tax purposes is the responsibility of the donor. To receive a receipt for tax-purposes, please coordinate your donation with Jonathan Giles at jonathan.giles@tropicalstudies.org.