How to Give

The simplest way to make a gift to Southwestern is to write a check made payable to “Southwestern University,” go online to make a secure credit card gift, or call us at 512-863-1211 to make your gift over the telephone. 


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Charli Ganski

Executive Administrative Assistant



Charli Ganski

Executive Administrative Assistant

Students Hanging Out in Front of Sarofim

You can also make gifts of securities, personal property or life insurance. You can name Southwestern as a beneficiary of your will, establish a gift that returns life income or make a multi-year pledge.  Your company may even match your gift, increasing your support for Southwestern by as much as 4 to 1, for some corporations. 

Southwestern’s Development staff  is ready and willing to provide you and your advisors with the information necessary for you to make sound decisions regarding your philanthropic goals. 

Southwestern University
Development Office
P.O. Box 770
Georgetown, Texas 78627-0770
Matching Gifts

To see if your company or organization will match your gift, click here.

Gifts of Securities

Giving stocks and bonds that have increased in value (and that you have owned for more than one year) provides even greater tax benefits than giving cash. Not only is the market value of the securities deductible (subject to applicable limitations), but you also avoid paying the capital gains tax on the appreciation.

Stock held in custody with a brokerage firm or bank trust department can be transferred directly from the custodian firm or bank to Southwestern’s account at Regions Bank.

Download Securities Transfer Instructions.

Donor-Advised Funds (DAF)

Southwestern University is a 501(c)3 organization and is a qualified recipient of grants from your donor-advised fund (DAF) held at a community organization or financial institution. If you have established a donor-advised fund with a financial institution such as Fidelity or Charles Schwab, among many others, consider recommending a grant to Southwestern University. Contributions through your DAF can be initiated by contacting your fund advisor.

Grants should be mailed to Southwestern University, Development Office, P.O. Box 770, Georgetown, TX 78627. Southwestern University is legally registered with the IRS with a tax ID (EIN) of 74-1233796. If you have any questions about donating through a DAF, please contact the Development Office at 512.863.1211.

You may also choose Southwestern University to receive grants from your DAF in the future. You can name Southwestern as a beneficiary of your donor-advised fund and ensure that your philanthropy continues. You can update your beneficiary designation by contacting your financial institution (and in some cases, your community organization) and requesting the appropriate paperwork.

We encourage you to inform the university of your intentions so we can thank you and discuss how you would like your gift to be put to use in the future. Contact the Development Office at 512.863.1211 if you have questions about including Southwestern in your legacy plans.

IRA Charitable  Rollover Gifts

Individuals 70½ and older can make a current gift of up to $100,000 from their IRAs without counting it as taxable income. No charitable deduction is taken, but distributions will qualify for all or part of the IRA owner’s required minimum distributions and is a tax-wise way to support Southwestern. Your contribution to Southwestern can be directed towards the annual fund or another area that is particularly meaningful to you. 

To ensure proper crediting of your gift, contact the Development Office at 512.863.1211. 

For more information, please see our charitable IRA giving page.

Direct Cash Wire Transfer Instructions

Gifts in U.S. dollars may be wired directly from your bank to Southwestern University. For more information, please contact Southwestern’s Development Office at 512-863-1211.


Naming Southwestern University as a beneficiary in your will or another plan is a simple and lasting way to acknowledge the University’s role in your life. For more planned giving information, please visit our Planned Giving page.

ACH Transfer Instructions

Make your gift to Southwestern without ever writing a check and without the hassle of updating new and expiring credit card information. An ACH electronic transfer is a convenient, cost-effective way to support Southwestern Your annual contribution will be divided into monthly installments, which will be automatically deducted from your checking or savings account. 

Download the ACH Funds Transfer Instructions and Authorization  .

Payroll Deduction (Southwestern Employees Only)

If you are currently employed by Southwestern University and wish to contribute via Payroll Deduction, please print and complete the payroll deduction authorization and mail it to the P.O. box listed above or:

• deliver it to: Annual Giving Office, Alumni Center, Cullen Bldg., 2nd Floor

• fax your completed form to: 512-863-1515

 Review Full Gift Acceptance Policies