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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a gift? Whom do I call? Where do I mail my check?

Where should I direct my gift?

What are the tax benefits of making a gift to Stanford?

What is Stanford's federal tax ID number?

Will my company match my gift to Stanford?

Are there minimum gift levels for large gift opportunities?

Whom should I contact to discuss a large gift opportunity?

What is the difference between "endowed" and "expendable" gifts? How does Stanford's endowment work?

What are the benefits of giving securities?

How will my gift be recognized? How will I know how my gift is being used?

Whom can I contact if I have other questions?

 

How do I make a gift? Whom do I call? Where do I mail my check?

The fastest way to give to Stanford is to make a gift online. The website allows you to make a gift or pledge payment in a variety of ways.

Or call us with your credit card information toll-free at 800.227.8977 (international call 650.724.0627), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

You can also mail a check made out to Stanford University. Please include a note telling us how to direct your gift and send to:

Development Services
P.O. Box 20466
Stanford, CA 94309-0466

For gifts of securities, call 650.721.1917.

For bequests or life income gifts, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at 800.227.8977, ext. 54358.

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Where should I direct my gift?

Most donors make annual gifts to The Stanford Fund or one of the university's other annual funds in the schools. Annual giving provides flexible resources that can be directed to Stanford's greatest needs. You also may wish to support your reunion campaign.

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What are the tax benefits of making a gift to Stanford?

All gifts to Stanford are tax deductible in the United States. There may also be tax benefits for residents of other countries; see Information for International Donors. Bequests and life income gift may offer significant tax savings. See Planned Giving for more information.

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What is Stanford's federal tax ID number?

94-1156365

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Will my company match my gift to Stanford?

To find out if your company offers a gift-matching program, consult the online database of matching companies or check the list of companies when you make a gift online. You can also ask your human resources department about your company's policy.

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Are there minimum gift levels for large gift opportunities?

Most endowed funding opportunities require gifts starting at levels including the following.

Gift Opportunity Gift Level
Provostial Professorship $5 million
School-Based Professorship $4 million
Senior Fellow $3 million
Faculty Scholar Awards $2 million
Graduate Fellowship $1.2 million
Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships (earns a match to create $1.2 million endowment) $600,000
Need-Based Undergraduate Scholarship (Young alumni may establish an endowment with a minimum gift of $166,666, and gifts up to $5 million earn a match. Other alumni earn matching for gifts of $250,000–$5 million.) $250,000
Athletic Scholarship (full ride) $900,000
Program Support Funds Varies by program
Building Funds Varies by Project

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Whom should I contact to discuss a large gift opportunity?

To learn more, please contact Trish Gerber, Director, University Major Gifts, at 650.736.4020.

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What is the difference between "endowed" and "expendable" gifts? How does Stanford's endowment work?

Expendable gifts are used in their entirety during a specific period of time. Gifts to annual funds, for example, are expendable. Some larger expendable gifts are used over longer periods.

Endowment refers to funds meant to exist in perpetuity, such as a scholarship or professorship. These gifts are invested for the long term and intended to provide a permanent source of financial support for the university. Each year, a portion of the fund is paid out—usually about 5 percent—and used for the purposes the donor and the university agreed upon when the gift was made.

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What are the benefits of giving securities?

If you have securities that have appreciated in value, giving them to Stanford allows you to avoid capital gains taxes while also receiving a tax deduction for your gift. You can transfer securities to Stanford online. You may wish to discuss the tax benefits of your gift with your accountant or attorney. For questions on giving securities to Stanford, please contact Gift Securities at 650.721.1917.

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How will my gift be recognized? How will I know how my gift is being used?

Most schools and many programs at the university publish annual reports that include donor rolls. Unless you have designated an anonymous gift, your name may appear in one of these reports at the appropriate gift level.

Donors who have established named funds at Stanford—typically endowed funds or larger expendable funds—will receive regular reports from the university. Reporting may include contact from faculty or students, depending on the nature of the gift. In addition, annual financial reports are sent to all donors of endowed funds.

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Whom can I contact if I have other questions?

If you have additional questions about making a gift or using this site, please call 866.543.0243 or 650.724.0627. Our customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Or email customer service.

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