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Granting charitable options

Charitable options allow you to donate to a charity at the time of your Initial Public Offering (IPO), when shares of your company stock are sold to the general public. During this time, you may have restricted cash flow to make large contributions to charity but charitable options are an inexpensive way for you to give with the potential to donate in the future.

You or your company can issue options on your stock to a charitable organization, either at the IPO price or the current market price if the shares have already been issued.

If the stock price rises in value, the charity can exercise its options and purchase the shares at the grant price and immediately profit from the increase in value.

Learn more about charitable options (PDF)

The benefits:

  • There are no costs associated with granting charitable options beyond the dilution of outstanding stock, if options are exercised.
  • Your company will be making a strong and highly visible commitment to Plan International Canada.
  • There is no risk involved. If the shares don’t rise in value, the options will simply expire.

Please note:

  • Our legal name is Plan International Canada Inc.
  • We encourage you to seek professional advice to ensure that your financial goals are considered, your tax situation reviewed and that your planned gift is tailored to best fit your requirements. The information provided here is intended as an overview and does not constitute financial advice.

For more information, please contact Karobi Ray, CFRE, toll-free at 1-800-387-1418 ext. 292 or (416)-920-1654 ext. 292 or email

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