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Current Outright Gifts

Cash - checks, money market accounts, savings accounts, Certificates of deposit, appreciated stocks, and bonds can be used to make gifts.

Appreciated Property - stock, bonds, and mutual funds, and real or personal property can be used to make a major gift.  Gifts of appreciated property can be land, patents, royalties, farm animals, crops, collections, income from Charitable Lead Trusts, dividends, cash value of life insurance, and withdrawals from retirement plans are all assets which are generally used to make major planned gifts.

Memorial and Honor Gifts - of $25,000 or more for purposes approved by the Gift Acceptance Committee (refer to Gift Acceptance Policy) can establish an endowed fund that can be named by the donor.

Pledges - can be made on a monthly basis and can be drafted from a credit card or bank account.

Matching gifts - are a chance to double the impact of your gift.  A participating company will match their employees' gifts to institutions and organizations.  Most companies give an amount equal to that given by the employee, but some will give two or three times the amount given by the employee.

Endowment gifts - carry the restriction that the principal (the original gift amount) must always be preserved, but the charity is able to spend a portion of the income that is generated through the investment of the gift.  Refer to Special Language resources:

* Personal financial advisors and Current and Deferred Giving staff should be consulted as all gifts are not applicable to all donors.