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Types of Gifts

Donors may support The Wittliff with different types of gifts, ranging from outright donations of cash and securities to life income gifts and sophisticated estate-planning vehicles with favorable financial and tax benefits.

Cash & Securities

The simplest method of donating is with an outright gift of cash, which can be made by check or credit card. Next to cash, readily marketable appreciated securities are the most commonly donated assets. When you donate appreciated securities, you generally do not realize any capital gains tax.


By spreading payments over a period of time — typically not more than five years — pledges allow donors to make larger commitments and fulfill them at a comfortable pace.


A bequest provides for The Wittliff's future while the amount of the bequest is deducted from the taxable portion of your estate. Including The Wittliff in your will permits maximum use of funds today and provisions for The Wittliff tomorrow.

Planned Giving

There are a number of planned giving strategies that provide important tax benefits to the donor while supporting the Collections. Contact us to learn more about gifts of retirement, assets, real property, and the complete range of life-income gifts, including charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, and pooled income funds.

A planned giving professional is on staff at the University to assist in structuring a gift that is right for you. For more information, contact Wittliff Collections Director David Coleman at

Tribute Gifts

Gifts made through any of the methods described above can be designated in honor or memory of a loved one or in celebration of a milestone event, such as a birthday or anniversary.

Matching Gifts

You can double or triple the impact of your gift if your, or your spouse’s employer participates in a Corporate Matching Gift program. Contact your human resources or personnel office to obtain a matching gift form and send it with your contribution.


Gifts-in-kind are donated materials such as books, manuscripts, photographs, musical items, etc. If you are interested in making a gift of materials to The Wittliff, please contact the appropriate collection curator. See Gifts of Collection Materials.