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Outright Gifts

Outright gifts to ASU can provide funds for current use or they can expand the university’s endowment. They may take the form of:

  • Cash — The simplest, easiest gift, cash can be given through credit and debit card transaction, cash or personal/cashier’s check or money order made payable to “ASU Foundation.” The foundation can also accept wire transfer if you contact us directly.
  • Appreciated securities — If  you own securities you have held more than one year, transferring them to ASU may provide you with savings on capital gains and income taxes. Stock Transfer Instructions
  • Mutual Funds— Mutual Funds can be transferred to the ASU Foundation electronically.
  • Real estate — Donating a personal residence, second home, income property or vacant or undeveloped land may result in a two-fold tax benefit: an avoidance of paying capital gains tax on the long-term appreciation, and the income tax charitable deduction. It may even be possible to donate a portion of property (an undivided percentage interest) and keep a portion for yourself.
  • Tangible personal property — Rare books, works of art, unique collections and other items of value may become gifts to ASU and provide tax benefits for you.
  • Intangible personal property — Copyrights, patents and mineral rights can generate sustainable income for the ASU program, project, college or institute of your choice.
  • Employer matching gift programs — Many companies, large and small, match their employees’ contributions to charities. If yours is one of them, this can increase the value and impact of your gift. Some even match contributions from retirees, board members or employees’ spouses. Simply complete your employer’s matching gift form and send it to the ASU Foundation with your contribution.
  • Donor-advised fund — A donor advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support ASU through the ASU Foundation; you may direct gifts from your existing DAF to ASU through the foundation.

Possible tax deductions or tax savings from your gift should be discussed with your tax adviser.


Cash Gifts

Cash gifts may be charged to MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. You may either complete the transaction online.

You may also wire gifts to the ASU Foundation. To facilitate the transfer, download a wire transfer form and follow the instructions on the form.

If you are sending a check, please print out a gift form and enclose it with your check made payable to the ASU Foundation and mail it to:

ASU Foundation
Attention: Cash Receipting
P.O. Box 2260
Tempe, Arizona 85280-2260

All gifts to ASU and its affiliates, endowment and otherwise, are subject to the ASU policy that allows 95% of a gift to be restricted to a particular purpose at ASU and the remaining 5% is unrestricted for use to advance the University.