Effective Ways of Giving

So you want to support your alma mater, but the amount you wish to give exceeds the amount convenient for you to give from your current cash resources?

In that case, you may follow the lead of others who have chosen to make larger gifts utilizing some other form of property, such as low-yielding securities, real estate and collectibles. A gift of such an asset would allow you to give with little or no effect on your spendable income.

Another reason to make your gift in the form of a non-cash asset is the tax savings. When you give an asset that you have owned for more than one year and a day which has increased in value since you acquired it, you are usually entitled to an income tax deduction for the full current value of the asset, not just the amount you paid. And, you bypass any capital gains tax that would have been due if you had sold the asset.

There are even ways to support Xavier without reducing your current assets, including the use of charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, traditional wills, revocable living wills, life insurance and giving through retirement plans.

For more information on any of these options call 1-504-520-7575 or consult with your personal tax advisor.

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Cash and Pledges

The simplest and most common type of gift is made through a one-time payment of cash, often by means of a personal check. Another popular option is a pledge, a gift made over period of time with regular payments. Pledges to the Xavier campaign can be made up to a maximum of five years duration.

Gifts of Securities

Many donors make a gift through the donation of assets such as stocks or bonds. A gift of securities may allow a donor to realize an immediate income tax deduction on the appreciated value of the donated securities. While these gifts can be made quickly and easily, please contact the Office of Institutional advancement to receive specific instructions on how to execute the gift.

Planned Gifts

The most common donations are outright gifts, such as cash, that we receive right away. But sometimes, donors want to hold on to their assets for now, to be sure they can meet their family's future needs. These people are usually delighted to learn that we have alternatives that allow them to still make gifts. Planned gifts are meaningful gifts that can cost you nothing now. A planned gift may be the right choice for you. (click here for planned giving webpage)