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Guidelines for Year End Giving

Make your gift count in 2023

The end of the year is a time many are inspired to make charitable gifts.

If you choose to give to Stanford before the end of December, please use these helpful tips to make sure your gift counts in the 2023 tax year.

Stanford’s federal tax ID # is 94-1156365. The university is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

What are the deadlines for gifts to be counted in 2023?


Checks should be made out to Stanford University. Please include a note telling us how you’d like your gift to be used. Checks should be sent to:

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

Checks via U.S. Postal Service:
Your check mailed via USPS must be postmarked by December 31, 2023 to count as a 2023 gift. The postmark date is used as your gift date. But please note December 31 is a Sunday this year and many post offices will be closed.It is preferable that you use USPS if possible.

Checks via a private carrier (UPS, FedEx, etc.) and checks with foreign postmarks:
Checks sent by other carriers must be received by someone at Stanford University by December 31, 2023. Unlike gifts we receive by USPS, gift dates for gifts sent by private carriers are based on when they are received by Stanford University. We also cannot use a foreign postmark as a gift date. Those gifts must also be received on campus by December 31, 2023.

Credit cards

Credit card gifts made online:
Online gifts must be made by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on December 31, 2023.

Credit card gifts by phone or mail:
All credit card gift information must be received by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on December 29, 2023. Any credit card gift received after that time may be designated as a 2024 gift. Per IRS rules, we cannot account for a credit card gift until the charge is made, and a 5 p.m. deadline ensures we can charge your card before close of business that day.

Never send your credit card information via email.


Stock gift and mutual fund transfers in December can take several weeks to transfer due to increased activity. We recommend you initiate your gift transfers at the beginning of December to ensure delivery by December 29, 2023. (December 30 and 31 fall on the weekend, so electronic transfers will not happen those days.)

Per IRS guidelines, stock gifts must be received in Stanford’s brokerage account by close of business (6 p.m. Eastern Time) on December 29, 2023, in order to qualify as a charitable donation this tax year. During the holidays, brokerage firms do not guarantee transfer in 2023 for requests made after certain dates. Please confirm 2023 transfer cut-off dates with your broker.

If Vanguard, E*Trade, or Schwab is your brokerage firm, please contact the Gift Securities Team at or (650) 721-1917.

Read more about giving gifts of stock or securities here.

Wire transfers

Wires need to be successfully deposited in Stanford’s wire account by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on December 29, 2023. We recommend that wire transfer requests be made prior to the holidays, and, at the latest, by Tuesday, December 26.

Find detailed instructions and the wire transfer request form here.

The online form is only for gift assets that are publicly-traded and listed on US exchanges. Please contact us for any other gift assets as the instructions on this form will not suffice for other types of assets, including mutual funds.

Who can I contact for help?