You can make a gift in the present for the future of Ball State.

You have a number of options. The most common is an outright gift which is transferred immediately from you to Ball State in the form of cash or credit card, securities, tangible or intangible personal property, or real estate. Generous tax benefits are available.  

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"Looking back on our undergrad years at Ball State, we both remember walking around campus, looking at some of the named buildings, and wondering who these people were – Bracken, Howick, Carmichael, Kitselman. We automatically assumed these were people of enormous wealth." Learn more about the Ballards' gift.

There are several ways to make an outright gift to Ball State.

Gifts of Cash

Cash (currency, check, credit card, payroll deduction, money order, or bank draft) is the most popular and easiest form of giving and provides an immediate income tax deduction in the year given. To make a cash gift you may:

Mail to:
Ball State University Foundation
P.O. Box 672
Muncie, IN  47308

Annual or Multiyear Pledges

Annual pledges enable you to increase your gift by giving quarterly or monthly. Multiyear pledges allow you to make larger overall contributions over a specified period of years. Pledge payments may be structured on a monthly, quarterly, semiannual, or annual basis.

You may request reminders regarding your pledge to Ball State. Gifts and pledge payments may be handled through your bank account, Visa, or MasterCard. You may arrange a credit card or electronic funds transfer by contacting us at 765-285-8312 or 888-I-GO-4-BSU (888-446-4278) (toll-free) or University Development at 765-285-8312.

Gifts of Tangible Personal Property

Personal property gifts—such as artwork, collections of value, or equipment—require an independent appraisal. Contact us for details about the generous tax benefits for such gifts.

Gifts of Securities

Securities, including stocks and bonds, may be used to make a gift to Ball State, often with a minimal amount of out-of-pocket cost. You realize no capital gains tax if stock is transferred directly to us. The fair market value of the securities on the date of the gift determines the income tax deduction.

Please contact us for specific instructions to donate your stock by wire delivery, by mail, or by hand delivery using a stock power form and medallion signature authorization.

Gifts of securities are often made to life income plans such as charitable remainder trusts and gift annuities. In addition to getting income for yourself and/or your loved ones, you receive an income tax deduction, escape capital gains tax, and reduce your taxable estate.

Real Estate Gifts

Gifts of long-term, appreciated real estate provide an immediate income tax deduction for the appraised fair market value and avoidance of potential capital gains tax. A number of charitable planning options are available with real estate including:

  • life income plans – such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts
  • bargain sale when Ball State buys your property for a reduced price
  • remainder interest gift – allows you to live in or use your residence or farm for your lifetime with the remainder donated to Ball State

Corporate Matching Gifts

Did you know that you can double or triple the size of your gift if you or your spouse is employed by a company that matches gifts to Ball State?  Use our online matching gift search to see if your company will match your gift.  If so, simply include a qualifying form from your human resources or personnel office with your gift mailed to the foundation.  We will complete the form and return it to your employer.