Supporting Des Moines University isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience. Whether you are interested in giving a gift to the annual giving, participating in one of our three fundraising events, endowing a scholarship, or leaving your legacy through a planned gift, DMU provides many methods of giving that suit your needs.
Ways to Give
Cash is a convenient and easy way to give to DMU. Many alumni and friends of the University give via check or credit card. Cash gifts are typically deductible for people who itemize their taxes.
Give Online (credit card)
Our secure online giving form accepts all major credit cards and makes it easy for you to make the greatest impact to DMU with the option to set up a one-time, quarterly or monthly credit card payment(s).
Give by Mail (credit card or check)
Pay by check or credit card when your mail your printable gift form to: Des Moines University Accounting Department 3200 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50312 Gifts made by check should be payable to “Des Moines University”
Give by Phone (credit card)
Call the DMU Development department at: 515-271-1387, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. central time, Monday through Friday.
Gifts-in-kind are items of tangible property such as art, books, furnishings or products. The value of gifts-in-kind, for tax purposes, must be assessed and certified by an independent professional at the donor’s request. For more information on how to make a gift-in-kind, please contact Stephanie Greiner:
By making an IRA charitable rollover gift, you are able to avoid taxes on the IRA distribution while supporting our charitable mission. If you are 70½ or older, your gift could be $1,000, $10,000, $50,000 or even $100,000 to Des Moines University from your IRA to meet your annual distribution requirement. The transfer, known as an IRA charitable rollover, generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you don’t itemize deductions on your tax return. Even better, if you haven’t yet taken you mandatory minimum distribution for 2013, a rollover gift can satisfy all or part of this requirement. Best of all, your gift in support of Des Moines University will be put to use immediately-changing student lives and fulfilling the University’s vision for the future. For more information on how to make a gift an IRA charitable rollover contact Stephanie Greiner or follow the instructions on the Request to IRA Plan Administrator Form and the Notice of Gift to DMU Form.
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs that match charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. That could double or triple your gift to DMU. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, enter your employer’s name below:
Companies use various methods by which employees can request matching gifts – online forms, automated phone systems or paper forms completed by the charitable cause. Contact your company’s human resources officer to discover your options. Send all completed and signed forms into: Des Moines University Development Department 3200 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50312
Through a memorial gift, you are able to pay tribute to a friend or loved one through a contribution to DMU in their honor. By supporting the university, these gifts ensure a legacy for the deceased that extends far into the future. Any type of gift can be designated as a memorials gift. Unspecified memorial gifts will be directed to The DMU Fund. To make a memorial gift online, please indicate in the comments section the name of the person you wish to honor.
Planned gifts are those that you commit to in the present but give to DMU in the future. These deferred gifts offer a wide variety of benefits, including flexibility, tax savings and-in some cases-fixed, dependable income for life. A few ways to leave a planned gift to the University is through:
- Retirement plan gifts
- Retained life estate
- Charitable gift annuities
- Charitable remainder trusts
- Charitable lead trusts
- Life insurance
To find out if a planned gift is right for you, visit our planned giving page or contact Stephaie Greiner:
Real estate, including a personal home, vacation home or farm, can be given to DMU as an outright gift or via the donor’s estate. Gift options offer distinct tax benefits, such as an immediate income tax deduction and avoidance of capital gains tax. A donor may transfer to DMU ownership of an interest in property or real estate that is for sale; after the sale, the University receives its share of the proceeds. For more information please contact Stephanie Greiner
Securities such as stocks, bonds or mutual funds may be given to DMU as outright gifts or pledge payments. Making a gift of long-term appreciated securities allows an income tax deduction equal to their fair market value and may allow you to avoid capital gains taxes on the transfer. For more information on how to make a gift of securities please contact Stephanie Greiner or follow the instructions on the DMU stock transfer form.