Baylor University

Types of Gifts

Gifts of Cash

Cash gifts are immediately available to the university for both donor designated or undesignated purposes. Cash gifts tend to be the most common means of philanthropy.

Gifts of Securities, Real Estate and Personal Property

Transferring securities, either stocks or bonds, allows you to make a gift to the university and receive a charitable deduction equal to the full fair market value. You also may avoid paying a capital gains tax on your charitable contribution.

Gifts of real estate can have special benefits for both the donor and the recipient. You may give real estate as a current gift and receive a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the gift. Gifts must meet certain criteria in order to be accepted by the university.

Commitment of Intent to Make a Gift

Commitment gifts are usually designated to a specific fund or program, and there are three ways you can make a commitment of intent.

  • Periodic Cash Gift--Making a gift by sending in or e-mailing a commitment form to the university.
  • Authorization by Credit Card
  • Electronic Funds Transfer--You can request the information online that is needed to implement an electronic funds transfer. You will only need to send in a blank check to set up the transfer.

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to make charitable contributions. Matching gifts are a great vehicle for donors to maximize the impact of their gift. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, use our search tool below:

Memorial and Tributes

Memorial or tribute gifts provide you with the opportunity to recognize those who have made an impact on your life. This type of gift is a sincere way to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a relative, friend, teacher or student. Baylor University offers a number of pooled funds that pay tribute to people with special ties to the institution.

Planned Gifts

Charitable estate planning is your way of making a difference in the lives of Baylor students through your will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity or other plan. Visit the Planned Giving website for my information on how to give to Baylor through your estate.