One of the best ways to give is with appreciated assets. You will need to consult your tax adviser regarding your personal situation. In many cases a gift of securities or other assets would provide you with a tax deduction for the fair value of the assets as opposed to the cost you paid. It is a much better choice to give the asset as opposed to selling them and paying a tax on the gain.
Please call your financial advisor or Mary & Martha House at 813-645-7874 for further information.