Ways to Give

The generous support of people like you helps to educate students, strengthen our research, and prepares tomorrow’s leaders. There are a variety of ways to support the University of Oregon and gifts of all sizes are a powerful investment in our mission and community. Whether you are making a one-time gift, making a pledge of recurring contributions, considering a planned gift, or establishing an endowed fund, the best giving plan considers both your desire for how and when the university can spend the money and which of your assets best matches those of your financial and/or tax situation. 

Outright gifts are the easiest and most direct way to give to the University of Oregon. These include credit card, check, money order, electronic funds transfer, securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds), real estate or tangible property. For some, a direct rollover distribution from their IRA may be the best method for making an outright gift. Gifts will be directed to the President’s Gift Fund unless you specify otherwise.

There are several ways to make a gift:

Give Online – Giving to the University of Oregon online is safe and convenient. To make your gift online, visit our secure giving page from any "Give Now" button on our page or any UO department’s webpage. If you don’t see the specific fund you’d like to support, write your desired program in the "additional gift instructions" portion.  

Give by Mail – Send in a completed giving form with your check to:

UO Foundation Gift Services 
PO Box 1358
Eugene, OR 97440-1358

Please make checks payable to the "University of Oregon Foundation". 

Give by Phone – If you wish to pay by credit card over the phone please call Gift Services at 541.302.0337
Monday – Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm PST. 

Wire Transfer – Bank wire transfers are the fastest and most secure way to send cash to the University. Domestic and International transfers should originate from your financial institution. Since financial institutions provide us with minimal information on wire transfers, please contact the Gift Services team for further instructions and to provide us with the following details: transfer amount, transfer date, and gift designation.  

Gifts of Stocks, Bonds or Other Securities – Giving a gift of publicly traded stock may provide greater tax benefits than giving cash. Your broker can assist you in making a gift of stock via a direct transfer to the University of Oregon Foundation. The brokerage wire transmit process often does NOT contain donor information, please contact the Stock Gifts team to obtain a stock transfer form. 

Recurring Gifts – A recurring gift is an easy, automatic way to support the University of Oregon with a continuous and dependable source of funding. Recurring gifts enable you to make a more generous gift than thought possible by spreading the gifts out over a longer period of time, you’ll also help us save on postage and printing. To set up a recurring automated deduction you can visit our secure online giving page and choose the recurring option or fill out and return (via email, fax or mail) our recurring card authorization form or ACH/EFT recurring authorization form.

Matching Gifts – Your gift to the University of Oregon could be matched dollar for dollar by your employer. Most companies award a 1:1 match while others elect to provide a bigger amount that can triple the value of your donation. Your employer’s personnel office can provide you the information on how to take advantage of your company’s matching gift benefit. 

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 the University of Oregon; from your Donor-Advised Fund you may recommend donations to the area(s) on campus you are most passionate about. Please be aware that IRS limitations and regulations prohibit any benefits, such as tickets, items, or athletic priority points, be received by the donor when giving through their financial institutions donor-advised fund. 

Pledge – Is a signed and dated commitment to make a gift by paying over a period of time, this allows you to spread payments and tax benefits over a period up to 5 years (typically this type of donation can often allow you to make a larger commitment). We will work with UO development officers to create a document for you that properly addresses your giving intent. 

Planned Gifts – A way to leave an important legacy for education and research with a bequest or life income gift; these can be made through many vehicles, including your will, revocable or irrevocable trusts, charitable gift annuities, or donor-advised funds. Planned gifts provide future support for the university and can provide tax advantages for you and/or your heirs. Please visit our Gift Planning page for more information. 

Additional resources – The following IRS Publications may be useful: 
IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions
IRS Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property