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Wire Transfer & Securities

The website allows you to make a gift or pledge payment by wire transfer. Information about making a gift of securities also appears below.

For assistance, please call 866.543.0243 or 650.724.0627.

Wire transfer instructions

To initiate a domestic (U.S. only) wire transfer, use the instructions below:

Individual name: Stanford University — Development Services

Bank Name: Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco Main Office, 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

ABA Routing number: 121-000248

Account number: 4944-863570

Reference: Development Services

Note: To ensure accurate handling, please send a confirming email to with the following information:

  • Date Stanford should expect the wire
  • Dollar amount
  • Sending organization
  • Intended department at Stanford (if known)

For complete information about making an international wire transfer, download our wire transfer information [PDF].

Securities held in your brokerage account

If your securities are held in a brokerage account, most brokers will require that you submit written instructions authorizing the transfer to Stanford. Our online giving website can create a letter of authorization for you to sign and mail to your broker. This letter contains important information your broker will need, including information about Stanford's brokerage account. After receiving the letter, your broker will be able to transfer the stocks directly to Stanford's account. Some brokers require this letter to be medallion signature guaranteed or notarized; please check with your broker for special requirements. The online form also provides a means to alert Stanford of your intended gift, which will expedite gift processing.

If you prefer, print the securities transfer form [PDF], complete and sign it, and provide it to your broker to initiate the gift transfer. IMPORTANT: Be sure to send a copy of this form to Stanford's Gift Securities team by fax at 650.721.2417 or email to stock gifts to help ensure your gift is promptly recognized and acknowledged.

Securities held in certificate form

If you hold stock or bond certificates, you may transfer shares to Stanford. You can notify us of your intention to transfer shares using our online giving website, which will generate a printed stock power form. Please mail the completed form and the certificates to: Stanford Management Company, 635 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305-7297, attn: Gift Securities. If you have questions, please contact the Stanford Gift Securities Team at 650.721.1917 or send an email to stock gifts.

Securities held by a transfer agent

If you own securities that are held in book entry form by a transfer agent, please contact the transfer agent directly to learn about requirements for transferring gift stock to Stanford University. Transfer agents will not disclose the name of the donor to Stanford University—so please be sure to notify us of your intention to transfer securities using our online giving website or immediately notify the Gift Securities Team at the Stanford Management Company that you have transferred securities to Stanford via a transfer agent. Please call Gift Securities at 650.721.1917, send an email to stock gifts, or fax a copy of your letter to Gift Securities at 650.721.2417.

Please note: The instructions above apply only to U.S. exchange-listed equities. If you would like to give a restricted stock, a foreign or private equity, a mutual fund, or a bond, please contact Victoria Von Schell at the Stanford Management Company at 650.721.1659 or email stock gifts.