Types of Gifts
Making your gift
There are numerous ways to make a gift to A. T. Still University or any one of its five schools. You have flexibility in determining the way your gift will be used as well as choosing the type of gift you make.
Types of Gifts
One of the biggest advantages of making an outright gift to A.T. Still University is that your contribution may be put to use immediately — regardless of how you want your gift to be used. Unrestricted Gifts are the most valuable to ATSU because they allow the University to utilize the gift wherever it is needed or to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Restricted Gifts provide you the opportunity to direct your gift to a specific school or program or to a priority area at the university. By making a restricted gift to ATSU, you enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a program that is personally meaningful to you.
You also have the option of designating your gift for current use or for an endowment. Gifts for current use provide funds and flexibility for the short term, while endowment gifts provide security over the long term by strengthening the University’s financial base and creating a predictable source of future funding. You may contribute to an existing endowment with a gift of any amount. You may create your own endowment and name the endowment in your name or someone else’s name by making a minimal outright gift of $10,000 except for scholarships or financial awards which require a minimum of $20,000.
An outright gift may consist of almost any asset of value. Typical assets that are donated to ATSU as outright gifts include:
- Simple and easy to make by outright cash, credit/debit card transaction, or personal check, cashier’s check, or money order made payable to A.T. Still University.
- Fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. (Be sure to check with your tax advisor to determine the tax deductibility of your gift.)
- Tax deductible for the calendar year in which made. (If mailed, the postmark date is the date of the gift.)
- Provide significant tax advantages when transferred to ATSU before they are sold.
- Long-term securities (held more than one year) may provide a twofold tax benefit by creating an income tax deduction as well as avoiding the capital gains tax that would have been due on their sale.
- To transfer securities from a broker’s account, have your broker call ATSU Development for further information. (ATSU has accounts with major brokerage firms.)
- To deliver securities by Depository Trust Company to ATSU’s bank, contact ATSU Development to have delivery instruction faxed or emailed to your broker or financial advisor.
- To make a gift of physical securities you have on hand, contact ATSU Development for instructions on how to complete the transaction by mail.
- Gifts of mutual funds may also be transferred to ATSU — contact ATSU Development.
- Includes personal residences, second homes, income property, vacant land, and farm/ranch property and offer a variety of tax and other benefits.
- Includes books, artifacts, collections, and tangible items of demonstrable value preferably related to the mission of the University and its schools.
- Allows you to make a significant gift to ATSU and receive the tax benefits.
To learn about deferred or planned gifts, including life-income plans (charitable gift annuities and charitable trusts), bequests by wills and trusts, as well as other options for your estate, please visit Planned Giving to ATSU. Planned gifts provide a means of increasing your income, earning valuable income-tax deductions, and reducing your estate taxes.
An easy way to double or triple your donation to ATSU is to participate in your or your spouse’s company’s matching gift program, if it has one. The first step is to find out if your company has a matching-gift program. Matching gift programs usually match all or a percentage of employee contributions to charitable organizations, making the employer a partner in employees’ personal philanthropy. All you have to do is obtain a matching gift form from your employer, complete it, and provide it to ATSU with your contribution. We’ll take care of the rest.
ATSU will gratefully accept your gift through a pledge — a formal statement of intent to make a gift to the University. You may complete your gift by making regular payments over time, allowing you to give more generously than you originally thought possible. Each payment of your pledge is eligible for an income tax deduction to the extent allowed by law. Pledge payments may be made at intervals you choose — monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually, and may be made for any period of time including multi-year.
The human body: a valuable, irreplaceable gift in the training of physicians
The donation of one's own body or the body of a loved one in order to advance the knowledge and skills of physicians is a selfless, generous act that has great significance for A.T. Still University–Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM), its faculty, and its students.
The study of the human body is an important component in the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals. The rate at which medical science is advancing makes it increasingly necessary to conduct special anatomical studies and research, and real-life experience is the most valuable form of training. The University accords the highest respect to anatomical bequests made to educational programs as these gifts contribute greatly to new understandings.
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