Ways to Give

Student Affairs Giving Priorities

Student Affairs has a variety of donation opportunities that enhance student leadership opportunities, open access to civic engagement and service learning, promote experiential learning, provide state-of-the art facilities, grow student organizations, and develop responsible, engaged, and active students. More info

Fund for UofL

The Fund for UofL is the annual giving program for UofL alumni and friends. Annual support helps keep the University affordable for students, provides opportunities for learning and discovery, supplies a steady source of support for academic programs and ensures UofL’s progress as a major metropolitan research university.


An endowed gift has a long-term impact because the principal remains intact to earn investment income in perpetuity. UofL spends 5.5% of an endowed fund’s market value annually, reinvesting the remainder of its capital growth income and thus increasing the value of the fund. As the endowed account grows, more funds are made available to support scholarships, professorships, building projects or other areas specified by the donor.

Naming Opportunities

Naming opportunities provide the most prestigious recognition possible for your philanthropic commitment. A donor’s or their designee’s name can become permanently associated with university facilities, a program, a center or institute, or an endowed scholarship.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts provide donors with excellent benefits, including life income, continued use of gift property, an avoidance of capital gains tax and immediate income tax deduction. Some planned gifts, such as bequests, provide gift and estate tax savings.


Retain use of your assets to reflect your philanthropic and financial goals through a provision in your will. More info.

Charitable Annuity

Transfer cash or appreciated property to UofL in exchange for our promise to pay you fixed income (at rates based on your age) for the rest of your life. In these economic times, this is equally beneficial for you and the University. More info.

Charitable Lead Trust

Transfer cash or property to fund a lead trust that makes gifts to UofL for a number of years. You receive a charitable deduction for the gift and your family receives the remainder at substantial tax savings. More info.

Life Insurance

Depending on the type of policy you donate, you may receive an up-front income tax deduction and any future premium payments may also be tax-deductible. More info.

Bargain Sale of Real Property

Sell your property to the University for less than fair market value, and you receive the cash and a charitable deduction for the difference between the market value and the purchase price. More info.