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Types of Gifts

There are many ways to make a gift to Ball State University through the Ball State University Foundation. Each one offers distinct benefits to you and to Ball State — today and for years to come. For details about giving opportunities, visit the Ball State University Foundation website.

Gifts of Cash
The simplest and fastest way to give to Ball State is to write a check or to use your credit or debit card to make a gift on Ball State’s secure online giving site. Your gift is transferred immediately to Ball State and is tax deductible. Or you may mail gifts to the Ball State University Foundation. Major cash gifts may be made as a pledge to be paid over a specified period. For more information about making a major gift, please call the Office of University Development.

Gifts of Securities
Gifts of securities, including stocks and bonds, to Ball State may be made with minimal out-of-pocket costs, and, when stock is transferred directly to the Ball State University Foundation, you do not have to pay capital gains tax. You also may want to explore innovative gifts such as real estate, tangible personal property, and life insurance.

Planned Gifts
A planned, or deferred, gift — such as a bequest made through your will or a gift of life insurance — enables you to make a larger gift to Ball State than you may have thought possible, while providing financial security for you and your family. Our Guide to Planned Giving will help you explore the many excellent options available to create a planned giving strategy that meets your needs and goals. We’ll also be happy to work with you and your legal or financial counsel to develop a plan that will benefit you and Ball State.

Gifts to Create an Endowment 
Endowments are essential to developing and maintaining vitality and quality at Ball State University. Your endowment gift makes a lasting difference. For more information, contact the Office of University Development.

Commemorative Gifts
You may make a gift to Ball State in honor or in memory of an individual or to mark a special occasion or event. For more information, contact the Office of University Development.

Matching Gifts
If you or your spouse is employed by a matching gift company, your gift to Ball State may be doubled, or even tripled. See if your employer matches employee donations

to educational institutions. For more information, contact matchinggift@bsu.edu.