Giving to the University of Miami

Ways to Make a Gift 

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How to Make a Gift

There are many ways to show your support for the University of Miami. Choose the one that fits your style and where to designate your gift. The University of Miami Advancement staff will work with you to ensure that your gift meets your goals and financial needs while also benefiting the University.

Your gift, no matter the amount, will help ensure that the University of Miami will continue to be a strong educational asset for our students, and a vital resource for our community.

How to Give By Check or Cash

The most traditional and common way in which to support the University of Miami is with a gift of cash. If you would like to make a gift of cash, please make your check payable to the University of Miami, and mail it, along with a short letter stating the purpose of your gift, to the following address:

University of Miami
Advancement Division
Post Office Box 248073
Coral Gables, Florida 33124

Thank you for considering a gift to the University of Miami.

How to Give By Credit Card

The easiest and most convenient way to make a contribution is by credit card. The on-line giving form is fast, safe, and secure. The University accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Securities

Gifts of stock and bonds are welcomed at the University of Miami; however, these gifts require special planning and consultation with your professional financial advisor and the University of Miami staff. The University recommends that donors who have decided to make a gift of stock contact Mary Prats in the Office of Development Services at (305) 284-5576. Transfer instructions will be provided.

Gifts of appreciated securities typically carry benefits not associated with gifts made by check, cash or credit card:

  • You avoid capital gains tax. Any gain is taxable if you sell stock or mutual fund shares yourself, but not if you transfer ownership to the University.
  • Your charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes is based on the full, fair market value of the shares on the date the gift is made.
  • You receive credit from UM for the full fair market value of the shares, but the cost to you is only your original purchase price.

For more information about the benefits, visit our Estate and Gift Planning pages, or contact the Office of Estate and Gift Planning at (800) 529-6935.

Gifts of Tangible Personal Property

The University of Miami is pleased to accept gifts of tangible personal property that address a specific need and comply with the mission and policies of the University. Beginning with the donation of land by George E. Merrick, and including some recent gifts of art and computer software, the University has been strengthened by non-cash contributions throughout its 75-year history.

Because of the unique circumstances surrounding gifts of personal property, this process is inevitably much longer and more complex than it is for other contributions to UM. Donors are encouraged to call the Advancement Office at (305) 284-2888 to discuss a possible gift.

Matching Gifts

Many companies provide matching gifts for their employees as part of their employee benefit packages. If you plan to make a gift, check with your employer or ask one of our advancement staff if your gift may be doubled through a matching gift program.