Ways to Give to Fairfield University

about_aca_femalestcloseupThere are many ways to give. Whether cash or stock, property or in-kind gifts, a matching gift, or a planned gift of a bequest, trust or annuity, your gift of any size to Fairfield University makes a meaningful difference to our students, our faculty, and the greater Fairfield community.

Cash and Stock

The easiest way to make a direct donation is online. It's fast, easy, and secure - and every gift counts!

Gifts of cash can also be made by:
Check - Made payable to Fairfield University, and mailed to:
Fairfield University - Office of Annual Giving - 1073 North Benson Road - Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone - Call toll-free, 1-877-748-5123, with your MasterCard, VISA, or American Express account information.
Payroll deduction - Fairfield employees can call the Annual Giving office at ext. 4004.

Matching Gifts

You can double or even triple your gift if your company has a Matching Gift program. Click here to find out more about matching gifts.

about_blm_xmas_doors_06Stocks and securities

Giving appreciated stocks, bonds and mutual funds provides even greater tax benefits than giving cash while offering a meaningful charitable gift to the University. They can be used to support the annual fund or to establish a planned giving arrangement while providing a double benefit to you - avoidance of capital gains taxes and an income tax deduction equal to the fair market value.

The easiest way to transfer securities is to do so electronically and then notify us at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2765. For more detailed information about donating securities, visit our Planned Giving web site.


Gifts of property and in-kind gifts

Giving to the University through transfer of assets is an excellent way to support Fairfield's while providing important benefits to you and your family.

Single-family homes, vacation property, condominiums, office buildings, vacant lots, and land can be used to make an outright gift, establish a retained life estate, or to set up a charitable remainder unitrust to pay you an income for life. The double benefit to you is avoidance of capital gains taxes and the obtaining of a charitable income tax deduction. Find more detailed information about gifts of property, at our Planned Giving web site.

For some donors, charitable gifts of art, antiques, rare books, computers, athletic equipment and other personal property is a good option. The IRS rules for gifts of tangible personal property are different than those for gifts of cash or other types of property, so we encourage you to contact us.

Bequests, trusts, and annuities

These types of contributions come under the term "planned giving," which refers simply to charitable gifts that require some planning before they are made. It's a popular giving option because it can provide a donor with a variety of valuable tax benefits - even income for life.

Some potential benefits of a planned gift are:

  • An increase in your current income or the provision of an income for a loved one
  • A reduction in your income tax
  • A reduction or elimination of the capital gains tax on a gift of appreciated assets
  • A passing of assets to family members or others at a reduced tax cost
  • The ability to make a larger gift to Fairfield than you might have thought possible.

With assistance from the Office of Planned Giving and your own advisors, you can craft a planned gift that will support Fairfield's pressing needs and also satisfy your own personal financial needs and desires. Specific information about bequests, trusts, and annuities is available on our website.

For more information about your planned giving options, please contact:

Lynnette Sodha
Director of Planned Giving
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2511

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