Ways to Give

Thank you for keeping Dominican among your philanthropic priorities. Gifts of any size are appreciated and do make a difference.

Outright Gifts

Outright Gifts

Credit Cards online

Make a gift on Dominican's secure giving site. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

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Check & Credit Cards by mail

Print our gift form and send your contribution to:

Dominican University
Office of University Advancement
7900 West Division
River Forest, IL 60305

Credit cards at the end of the calendar year
The date of your gift will be the day the charge is processed by the credit card company. If you are making a credit card gift for the current calendar year over the phone, please allow sufficient time for processing. If you make a credit card gift by mail, please mail by December 24 in order to allow enough time for delivery and processing. Gifts made online are processed immediately.

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Credit Cards by phone

Call the Development Office at (708) 524-6309 to make your gift over the phone.

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Automated (recurring gifts)


Automated or recurring giving is a great option for those looking to make gifts throughout the year. You may make monthly or quarterly payments in any amount you choose using a credit card. Monthly payments are processed on the 15th of each month and quarterly payments are processed on the 15th of January, April, July, and October.  When you join our automated giving program, you will receive a confirmation letter acknowledging your participation, and we will mail a tax receipt by January 31 of each year you participate.  You may make changes to your giving at any time.

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Employer matching gifts


You or your spouse may work for a company that will double or even triple your contribution. Many companies offer this benefit to retirees as well. To find out if your employer participates, search our online database. Or, contact your human resources department to obtain the appropriate paperwork.

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Payroll deduction

Dominican employees may download a payroll deduction form here.

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Securities (Stock/Publicly Traded Securities)


A gift of appreciated securities is an attractive alternative to cash because of the potential for a double tax benefit. Not only do you receive a charitable deduction for your gift, but you also avoid paying a capital gains tax on the appreciation.
If you have held the securities for more than one year, your deduction is equal to the full fair market value of the securities. Generally, you may deduct up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income and, as with gifts of cash, any excess can be carried over and used for up to five additional years.

  • Securities held by your broker
    If your securities are held in a brokerage account, you may simply contact your broker. He or she will need the following information in order to transfer your securities to Dominican:

    Dominican’s Broker: Charles Schwab Institutional
    DTC #: Please call (708) 524-6307 for this number
    Dominican’s Acct. #: Please call (708) 524-6307 for this number
    Attention: Customer Service
    Phone: (800) 515-2157

    Please let Dominican know to expect your gift and indicated whether the gift is an unrestricted gift to the annual fund or a restricted gift for a designated purpose.  You may provide this information to the Director of Major and Planned Gifts by telephone at (708) 524-6307, by e-mail at development@dom.edu, or by mail at the address above.

  • Securities held by you
    If you hold the stock certificate in your name, you may send the unendorsed certificate by mail to:

    Director, Major and Planned Gifts
    Dominican University
    7900 West Division Street
    River Forest, IL 60305

    In a separate envelope and on the same day you mail the stock certificate, mail to the same address an executed stock power form authorizing the transfer of the stock to Dominican University.

    Please let Dominican know to expect your gift and indicated whether the gift is an unrestricted gift to the annual fund or a restricted gift for a designated purpose.  You may provide this information to the Director of Major and Planned Gifts by telephone at (708) 524-6307, by advancement@dom.edu, or by mail at the address above.

  • End of the calendar year stock transfer instructions
    The date of your gift will be the day the stock is received in the university’s account. If you are making a stock gift at the end of the year, please allow sufficient time for the transfer from your broker to the university’s account. It usually takes at least one day.

    For assistance in completing any gift or for more information, contact the Director of Major and Planned Gifts by telephone at (708) 524-6307 or advancement@dom.edu.

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Real Estate

Using real estate, such as your house, farm or commercial property, to fund a gift allows you to preserve your cash assets and receive significant tax advantages. More

Please contact us at (708) 524-6307, to explore the potential for making a gift of real estate.

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Tangible Personal Property

Tangible personal property such as computer equipment, works of art, rare books, or other collections may be donated. The amount of the deduction depends on whether the property is related to the exempt purposes of Dominican University.

Please contact us at (708) 524-6307 to discuss any potential gift of tangible personal property.

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IRA Gifts

 IRA rollover—act now for the greatest benefit

On January 3, 2013, Congress enacted the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), which provides an exciting, tax-smart opportunity for charitable giving. The charitable IRA rollover legislation allows you to transfer lifetime gifts up to $100,000 using funds from your individual retirement account (IRA) without undesirable tax effects.

You may contribute funds this way if:

  • You are ago 70½ or older at the time of the gift.
  • You make a qualified charitable distribution of any amount up to $100,000 on or before Dec. 31, 2013, to qualify for 2013.
  • You transfer funds directly from an IRA.
  • You transfer the gifts outright to one or more qualiied charities, but not to supporting organizations, or for gift annuities, charitable trusts, donor advised funds or any gift from which you receive a personal benefit.

For more information, visit our website at dom.edu/taxrelief for a free brochure.

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Life Insurance

Donating your life insurance could be a wonderful way to fulfill your desire to support our work. By making Dominican University the beneficiary of an existing policy, you make good use of your resources and expand your ability to make a significant gift.

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Savings Bonds

Savings bonds—likely the nation's most widely held appreciated asset—represent major assets that may have stopped growing and are now collecting dust, just waiting to be put to use. A tax-wise use for your appreciated savings bonds is to support a cause you care about.

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Deferred or Planned Gifts

Deferred or Planned Gifts

Bequests

Learn how to help others and us by using one of the most popular and simplest ways to make a gift.

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Beneficiary Designations

Continue supporting our work even after your lifetime by naming us as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance or insurance annuity assets.

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Charitable Gift Annuities

Read more about how to make a donation and, in turn, receive a fixed annuity payment each year for life.

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Charitable Remainder Trusts

In the right circumstances, this plan can increase your income, reduce your taxes, unlock appreciated investments, rid you of investment worries and ultimately provide very important support.

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Memorials and Endowments

Discover a powerful way to make a gift to us in your name or in the name of a loved one while realizing tax benefits for your kindness.

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Give My Home, But Live There for Life

Make a gift to Dominican University of a remainder interest in your home, receive sizable tax benefits now and continue living in your home for the rest of your life.

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Donor Advised Funds

Access the giving power of a private foundation without the expense or complexity.

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Pooled Income Funds

Join with others in generating additional income now that can later be used to supplement your retirement income.

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Charitable Lead Trusts

Make a donation now while reducing the tax burden for your heirs in the future.

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Retirement Plan Assets

If you're like many Americans, your financial future will likely revolve around your retirement plan assets. To maximize the value of a retirement account, consider making a lifetime gift of its after-tax values to a tax-exempt deferred giving plan.

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Volunteer

There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities at Dominican University. You can:

  • Help plan your reunion
  • Mentor an student
  • Offer an internship with your company
  • Engage with students in our service learning program

These are just a few of the possibilities.
Learn more about volunteering for Dominican.

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