Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy

The Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the natural environment on Seabrook Island through acquisition of land and land easements.

Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy




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The Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and donations are tax deductible as provided for in IRS and State laws and regulations. Property owner donations of money or securities can be made directly to the Conservancy or can be included in estate plans or in recognition of a special event or as a memorial. The Conservancy typically conducts two annual fund raising drives in addition to the annual Gala with both a live and silent auction. However, donations of cash or securities can be made at any time. There are limits on the total annual amount of charitable deductions. Property owner donations of undeveloped land are the most direct means of increasing the amount of dedicated green space on Seabrook Island and also offer significant tax advantages. The property can be transferred by deed to the Conservancy. These transfers are facilitated by the services of the Conservancy’s pro bono counsel, Buist, Byars, & Taylor. After transfer, the Conservancy obtains rezoning of the property to recognize its conservation status. The property is then transferred by deed, with protective green space covenants, to the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association.

 A unique way to donate real property is by use of a process called a “bargain sale.” A sale to the Conservancy for less than the property’s fair market value can be treated partly as a charitable contribution and partly as a sale of the property. For example, assume that a Seabrook property with a fair market value of $200,000 and a tax basis of $50,000 is sold to the Conservancy for $100,000. The transaction can be treated as a charitable donation of property worth $100,000 (the fair market value reduced by the sale price). The transaction would also be treated as a sale of one-half of the property at a fair market value of $100,000. The transaction’s sale portion would generate taxable income of $75,000 (the $100,000 cash payment reduced by one-half of the$50,000 tax basis). As always consult your Financial Advisor to achieve maximum benefits from these opportunities.


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