Ways To Give
There are so many ways for you to make an important investment in the University of Memphis. Find one that is comfortable for you and help us educate the dreamers, thinkers, and doers of today – and tomorrow.
We make giving easy. You may make your gift:
By credit card: Click here to make a gift online
Make your check payable to the University of Memphis Foundation
The UofM Foundation
P.O. Box 1000
Memphis, TN 38148-0001
You may personally deliver your check to the Alumni Center at 635 Normal Street.
Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
By phone: call 901.678.3953
By automatic draft: Download the Automatic Bank Draft form and return to the
Gift Records Department in the Alumni Center 635 Normal Street.
If you own securities that have appreciated in value over time, you may owe a substantial capital gains tax if you sell them. But, if you use such assets to fund a charitable gift, you may completely avoid the capital gains tax while enjoying a federal income tax deduction for the full value of the securities. For maximum tax benefits, it is usually best to give securities that have increased in value the most since you have owned them. It is also possible to make a gift with appreciated securities in a mutual fund. For information on donating securities, please call Bobby Prince in the Development Office at 901-678-1335.
You can leave a lasting legacy for the University of Memphis through a will, living trust or retirement plan. The process is very simple and your gift benefits the University for generations to come. For information about planned gifts, please call Dan Murrell at 901.678.2732 or visit our planned giving website HERE. For a simple form to request or update information, click HERE.
Employer Matching Gifts
Many companies encourage their employees to make charitable contributions by matching their philanthropic support. At the University, donors receive credit for their employers' matching gifts. To find out if you work for a company that matches gifts, visit Matching Gifts. You may also consult your human resources office, which will provide you with a matching gift form.
Gift Fee FAQ
Q. What is the U of M Foundation's Development support fee?
A. The fee on non-endowed, non-scholarship/fellowship gifts supports overall Development efforts for the University of Memphis including the cost of being accountable to you and other donors. This accountability includes our commitment to provide timely gift receipts, and accurate donor records and reports. In addition, the Development support fee will allow the U of M Foundation to better support the University's overall investment in fundraising.
Q. How much is the support fee?
A. Effective July 1, 2015, the fee is 5 percent of the gift value and is applied toward current expendable gifts (non-endowed). Gifts to scholarships/fellowships are excluded.
Q. Why does the U of M Foundation have a development support fee?
A. The development support fee allows the U of M Foundation to reduce the University's reliance on state funding for fundraising operations, thus freeing University funds for education, research and community service programs. The support fee revenue is directly related to the cost of doing business—as gifts to benefit the University of Memphis increase, the costs of fundraising, gift receipting, and reporting increase.
Q. How are fundraising operations funded?
A. Fundraising operations are currently funded through a combination of direct University support (state funding), a portion of Foundation revenue from earnings on short-term funds, and a portion of Foundation endowment management fees. The Development support fee adds another very important funding source.
Q. Do other universities charge gift management fees?
A. A fee of 5 to 10 percent of gifts is common at university foundations throughout the country. As a matter of fact, the majority of public research universities, like the U of M, assess a fee on gifts.
Q. The local non-profit organizations I support don't charge gift management fees. What's the difference?
A. The difference is primarily one of terminology. All community organizations have operating costs. In general, revenue from contributions helps to support them—whether or not a formal gift "fee" is identified. In the non-profit sector, best practice standards hold that operating costs in the range of 15-20 percent are considered to be excellent; assuring that approximately $.80 of every dollar contributed goes to providing direct services. By comparison, $.95 of each current expendable fund dollar you give to the U of M Foundation for purposes other than scholarships/fellowships gets put to work by the University. The entire amount of your gift toward an endowment or for a scholarship/fellowship is directed in accordance to your wishes.
Q. How often does the Development support fee change?
A. Changes to the U of M Foundation's funding sources are typically approved by our Budget, Finance & Audit Committee and our Board of Trustees. The Budget, Finance & Audit Committee routinely reviews all Foundation fees on an annual basis.