Ways to Give

Gifts of Cash

Cash is the most common gift, as it is simple, straightforward, and as easy as writing a check. Cash gifts may be designated for specific funds or purposes, or given generally to benefit the school’s greatest needs. Give online today.

Gifts of Appreciated Property

Charitable gifts of appreciated property — whether real estate or capital gain securities — can provide even greater tax benefits than a cash gift of equal value. You may take a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the property, up to 30% of the adjusted gross income, while avoiding capital gains taxes.

Gifts of Tangible Personal Property

A gift of tangible personal property — such as furniture, art works, jewelry, antiques, books and collections — is deductible for its full fair market value (up to 30% of your adjusted gross income) when documented by a legitimate appraisal and if it satisfies the “related use” standard.

Gifts of Closely Held Stock

Business owners who contribute closely held stock may take a charitable deduction for the stock’s appraised fair market value. Besides increasing your cash flow, you also avoid the potential capital gains tax.

Wills and Estate Plans

A carefully prepared will or estate plan is the best way to ensure that your loved ones are provided for after your death, and that your preferred charities are supported as you intend. They allow you to retain full use of your assets during your lifetime and still make a significant gift for the School of Science, possibly at a level you might not have managed during your lifetime.

Life Income Plans

You can make a substantial gift to the School of Science while still earning income from the donated assets. These life income plans are some of the most flexible and fruitful options available to donors. They allow you to provide income for yourself, your heirs, or both; they allow you to avoid significant capital gains and estate taxes; and they satisfy your wish to make a substantial gift to the school.


Deborah Livingston
Executive Director for Development
(317) 278-1051