• Ways to Give

  • There are many methods of giving to YU, some of which might not have occurred to you. Please select the links below to read more about the myriad ways you can contribute to YU. If you have any questions, please contact Seth Moskowitz at seth.moskowitz@yu.edu.

  • Online

    Our secure site allows you to make a contribution online using your credit card.

    Cash or Check

    Gifts of cash are the most common type of contribution. Unless you derive a benefit from your contribution (for example, a portion of it pays for a gala YU dinner), you can generally deduct 100 percent of your gift. You should speak with your accountant, however, because there may be a limitation of only being able to deduct up to 50 percent of your Adjusted Gross Income with gifts of cash. If so, have an additional five year "carry-over" period to deduct the entire gift.

    Corporate Matching

    Many companies have corporate gift matching programs through which they will match the charitable contributions made by their employees. Through corporate gift matching, your employer can match any part or all of your donation, which could mean doubling your gift to Yeshiva University. Check with your company's Human Resources office to see if they offer gift matching. (If they don't, you may want to ask your company to start one.)

    In-Kind Gifts

    In-kind gifts are non-cash gifts to the University. Examples include books, artwork, historical documents, equipment or a piece of property. Since the taxes for in-kind gifts vary significantly depending on the nature of the gift, please consult your tax adviser when considering such a contribution.

    Planned Giving

    Planned giving options include gifts of pensions, life income trust, life insurance and real estate. With a carefully considered gift strategy and estate planning, you may earn an income while putting money to work for YU, reduce taxes now or for your heirs and create a lasting philanthropic contribution that supports the mission and educational excellence of Yeshiva University.

    Real Estate

    If you anticipate selling your house, remember that an outright gift of your residence will entitle you to a charitable income tax deduction equal to its entire appraised or fair market value. If you do not anticipate relocating, you may find that a gift of your house with a "retained life estate" is even more attractive. Here, you deed your house to Yeshiva University, while you retain all legal rights to reside in the house until after the lives of both you and your spouse. Your situation remains unchanged except that you obtain an immediate and significant income tax deduction in the year you make the gift. The house is removed from your estate and provides a wonderful deferred gift to Yeshiva University. In addition, under suitable circumstances, commercial property you own but wish to sell may also provide a gift opportunity.

    Stocks & Bonds

    Although gifts of cash are most common, gifts of appreciated stock you have owned for at least one year may offer a double benefit. If you already intend to sell appreciated stock, you may save money by gifting this stock to YU instead of contributing cash. While the gift of stock will, like a gift of cash, entitle you to a charitable income tax deduction, it will also enable you to avoid the capital gains tax that you would owe if you had sold the stock yourself.

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