Ways to Make a Gift

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Ranging from outright gifts to detailed estate planning, there are as many giving options as there are great reasons to support the University. Your gift can be tailored to reflect your lifestyle, financial and family considerations, personal goals, and priorities.

Giving By Credit Card

The easiest and most convenient way to make a contribution is by credit card. The University accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, and the online giving form is fast, safe, and secure. In addition to the general online giving form, there are other online forms that can be used for more specific interests.

Giving By Check

Traditional “cash” gifts that the University can immediately put to work remain a popular way to provide support. Make your check or money order (please don’t send cash through the mail) payable to the University of Miami, and mail it, along with a short letter stating the purpose of your gift, to the University of Miami Advancement Division, Post Office Box 025388, Miami, FL 33102.

Securities Gifts

Securities gifts such as stock and bonds can provide donors with certain tax benefits; careful planning and consultation are essential. For more information, please call the University Office of Development Services at (305) 284-5576.

Gifts of Tangible Personal Property

The University accepts gifts of tangible personal property that address a specific need and comply with the mission and policies of the University. Please call (305) 284-2888 for more information.

Matching Gifts

Check with your employer or ask one of our advancement staff if your gift could be doubled through an employee matching gift program. Search UM's matching gift search here.

Giving by Payroll Deduction (UM employee access only)

Faculty and staff now have the option to support the University through payroll deduction. After logging in securely to MyUM select the "Give to UM Using Payroll Deduction" option on the left. Simply choose the amount you'd like to give each month and the number of installments.


Leaving a Legacy: Estate and Gift Planning

The varied ways to include the University in your charitable and estate plans while considering your personal circumstances and protecting your loved ones include the examples below. All individuals who include the University in their estate plans become members of the Heritage Society, and are invited to a donor recognition luncheon and other University events. For details, please contact our Office of Estate and Gift Planning.


Because you can change your mind at any time and make your gift in proportion to bequests to family and friends, this type of gift has universal appeal.

Beneficiary Designations

Continue supporting the University beyond your lifetime by naming us as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance, or insurance annuity assets.
Charitable gift annuities allow donors to receive a fixed annuity payment each year for life.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Charitable remainder trusts can increase your income, reduce your taxes, unlock appreciated investments, and ease investment worries, all while providing vital support to the University.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts

Memorial and honorary gifts in honor of a beloved friend or family serve as a living tribute that honors a loved one, furthers a cause, and inspires philanthropy in others. Such gifts can be made outright or through a will or living trust.

Endowed Gifts

Endowed gifts provide a powerful way to make a gift in your name or in the name of a loved one while realizing tax benefits for your generosity.

Donor-advised Funds

Donor-advised funds provide the giving power of a private foundation without the expense or complexity—an appealing option for donors who want to stay involved in advising on the use of their gifts.

Charitable Lead Trusts

Charitable lead trusts support the University while protecting your family's inheritance and lessening the tax burden on future heirs.