Ways to Give

The Marshall University Foundation’s ability to uphold its mission is a direct result of the relationships our donors develop with people and programs on our campuses. With continued support and the prudent investment of the Foundation’s endowment, we are able to make funds available to the university that provide new opportunities for students and faculty, develop programs, improve facilities, and enhance campus life. Contributions from individuals, corporations, and organizations are managed according to policies developed by The Marshall University Foundation’s Board of Directors. Funds are managed in ways that ensure each gift is used according to the donor’s intent.


Gifts of cash are the most common form of giving. Outright gifts of cash to The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. are charitable contributions and may qualify for deductions on your federal income tax return for those who itemize deductions.


Most donors who have held securities for more than one year may have seen those investments appreciate in value. By making a gift of those securities to The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. you may gain an immediate tax deduction of the market value of the gift as permitted by law.


Bequests—special gifts made through a will— have been significant sources of support for Marshall and are the most straightforward form of estate giving. A bequest to The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. may not be subject to estate tax and may help reduce the tax liability for your heirs.

If you wish to make a gift to The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. but first want to provide for income during your lifetime or that of your spouse or other family member, the following may be of interest:


The Gift Annuity is a contract between you and the Foundation — combining a gift to Marshall and fixed lifetime income to you.


The Charitable Remainder Trust provides an immediate income tax deduction for the value of the remainder interest in the trust based on Internal Revenue Service life expectancy tables, your age, and gift of return at the time.


A gift of appreciated real estate may provide an immediate tax deduction of the value of the property. You may choose to fund a life income plan or trust with the proceeds from the gift of real estate.

Before making any financial decision, please consult with your chosen professional advisor.