Skip to content

How To Give

 

As one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the nation, The University of Texas at Austin upholds a standard of excellence of which all Texans can be proud. Gifts from alumni and friends enhance quality and build on this standard — helping us reach our goal of being the best public research university in America.

Every gift matters, no matter its size. Your gift, in the form and for the purpose you choose, will play a crucial role in the progress and continuing success of the University.

Through Annual Giving to the University, Office of the President, or your college or school, you enrich students’ educational experience and increase UT’s competitive edge among its peers. Interest generated by your Endowments can be applied to your choice of student scholarships and fellowships, research, faculty support, or academic programs. Our Gift and Estate Planning options allow you to include UT Austin in your retirement and estate plans, while providing for your family and diminishing your tax burden.

Foundation Relations works to expand and deepen the University’s relationships with philanthropic foundations while Corporate Relations works to engage corporations in the University’s research, education, and public outreach mission.

When you are making a gift, there are a variety of payment methods available to you.

Cash, Checks, Credit Cards
Outright gifts of cash, by check or credit card, are the easiest gifts to make. They are also tax deductible in the year given. UT Austin also gratefully accepts pledges — gifts that are paid over time. You can make a pledge commitment and set up a payment schedule that works best for you.

To make a gift by credit card, you can give now using our secure server, or call 800-687-4602 and provide your credit card information over the phone.

Pledges and cash gifts made by check (payable to The University of Texas at Austin) should be mailed with your contribution form (pdf – download Adobe Reader) or a letter stating your gift’s purpose to:

The University of Texas at Austin
University Development Office
Gift Processing
P.O. Box 7458
Austin, Texas 78713-7458
Phone: 800-687-4602
Fax: 512-475-7743

Gifts of Stock
Gifts of appreciated securities and closely held stock can be extremely beneficial — both to you and to UT Austin. You may receive an income-tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities, as well as reduce or eliminate capital gains taxes. Gifts of stock and mutual funds are coordinated by the UT System Office of Development and Gift Planning Services. Proceeds from the sale of these assets are directed to any program you wish. Please contact Charlotte Hambrick at 512-499-4300 for more information.

Gift & Estate Planning
Planned gifts can be made now or deferred to a later time. Some enable you to support UT Austin, receive tax benefits, and sustain your current lifestyle. Such gifts include bequests through a will, retirement plan assets, and charitable trusts. For more information contact UT’s Gift Planning team at 866-488-3927 or visit our Gift & Estate Planning section.

Endowments
When you create an endowment, you can honor someone important to you while providing permanent support to UT Austin. The money is invested, and each year a distribution is made from the endowment to support the program or area of your choice.

Matching Gifts
You may be able to double or even triple your gift to UT. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs to match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company does, check our matching service or visit your company’s human resources department. Complete the form provided by your company and mail it to:

The University of Texas at Austin
University Development Office
Matching Gift Coordinator
P.O. Box 7458
Austin, Texas 78713-7458
Phone: 800-687-4602
Fax: 512-475-7743

Payroll Deduction for Faculty and Staff
Are you a UT employee? If so, you can give to any University area through payroll deduction. Log on to UT Direct using your EID and password. On the right side of the page, scroll down to “Personal Info” and click on the “Giving to UT” link. The page for making gifts through payroll deduction to UT will appear. Make your selections and click on “Submit.”

Payroll deduction for a gift made by the 15th of the month will begin the following month; e.g., the first deduction for a gift made on June 10 will appear on your July 1 paycheck. Payroll deduction for a gift made after the 15th of the month will begin the second month following the gift; e.g., the first deduction for a gift made on June 20 will appear on your August 1 paycheck. The deductions will be reflected in your Payroll Earnings Statement under “Charitable Contributions.”