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Giving to Washburn

Find the best way to support Ichabods with your gifts

There are seemingly endless ways you can support Washburn students, faculty, staff and programs. Your gift can have an immediate impact or live on forever as an endowment. After browsing the options below, if you are ready to plan your gift or have any questions, please contact us.

View our IRS Exemption Letter.


Give Today

Give Online Now: Make a gift with your credit or debit card to the area of your choice.

Cash, check or credit card: The simplest way to give is an outright gift of cash. You can mail us a check or drop by our office.

Matching Gifts: Many corporations match their employees’ gifts to Washburn University with an equal or greater corporate contribution. Information on matching gifts is usually available through a company human resource department. See if your gift qualifies.

Wire Transfers: To transmit gifts to the Washburn University Foundation, please contact us.

Memorials and Tributes: Memorial and tribute gifts are meaningful ways to honor friends or mentors, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, or memorialize a loved one while benefiting the Washburn community. These gifts qualify as charitable donations and show appreciation for an individual while helping to sustain ongoing efforts of the Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation.

Gifts of Securities (Stocks): If making a stock gift, visit this page to learn more and fill out the Notice of Stock Gift Information form for faster processing. Gifts of appreciated stocks or bonds entitle a contributor to two income tax benefits: avoidance of capital gains and the use of the security’s fair market value on the date of the gift for income tax charitable deduction.

Gifts in Kind: Works of art, rare books, equipment and furnishings that further the mission of Washburn University may be donated with approval. The allowable deduction for a gift of such property depends upon its related use and appraised value.

Gifts of Real Estate: You may donate a residence, farmland or other real estate to Washburn University Foundation. Gifts of real estate may offer considerable tax savings. The gift can be made immediately available to the university or you may wish to donate the property but retain use of it for your lifetime.

Faculty/Staff Campaign: Faculty and staff make the difference for students and the experience they have on campus. Every year, they make a further investment in the University with a contribution to the Faculty/Staff Campaign. Read more.


Give for the Future

Gift Planning: When you include the Washburn University Foundation in your estate plan, your generosity provides students from all walks of life a place to realize their dreams.

I Will for Washburn: To inspire others to make Washburn a part of their estate plan, Greg, bba '88, and Jaena, ba '89, Greenwood, and Bruce and Theresa McPherson want to challenge you to say “I Will for Washburn.” If you put Washburn in your will or estate plan, you will receive $10,000 to immediately direct to any area.

Bequest: A bequest is frequently utilized to express your specific philanthropic wishes. A bequest can include a specific dollar amount, a percentage of estate or a specific asset.

Washburn University Charitable Gift Fund: Simplify your charitable giving with a donor advised fund. Creation of a donor advised fund through the Washburn University Charitable Gift Fund may qualify you for immediate tax deductions and enables you to direct grants to Washburn University Foundation or any other charity when you are ready.

Donor Advised Funds: Do you have a donor advised fund? You could be using it to decrease your taxable income and support Washburn University at the same time. Learn more about it’s benefits.

Endowed and Current Funds: Endowed and current funds can transform the lives of current and future Ichabods by providing scholarships, supporting fellowships, research and professorships, and providing campus improvements. You may endow a fund through either outright or deferred gifts and you may name it after yourself, you and your spouse or in honor of someone else.

Gifts of Life Insurance: Individual life insurance policies, either new or no longer needed, may be transferred to Washburn University Foundation. The Foundation may then become the owner and beneficiary to receive an income tax deduction or the Foundation may simply be named as a beneficiary of a policy.

Trust: A trust is an arrangement where property is held by a trustee for the benefit of another. The trustee holds legal title to the property and the beneficiary is the institution who is benefited. There are a variety of trust types: irrevocable trust, revocable trust, living trust, and testamentary trust.

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