Smart Giving


Giving That Works for You

There are many ways to support CWU, including financial investments, and these days there are many smart giving options to benefit you and the programs you support. Smart giving can include things such as IRA charitable rollovers, outright gifts of appreciated assets, such as securities or real estate, Donor Advised Fund (DAF), stock gifts, and more.

This page is intended to be a resource for you.

For information on ways to give, visit the CWU planned giving site. Additional gift opportunities can be found at our giving page or select the give button at the left to give online today.

If you don’t see anything here that speaks to you, please contact us at foundation@cwu.edu or call 509-963-2160 with any questions or ways you're interested in giving.

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Year-End Giving

As the end of the calendar year approaches, we’d like to take a moment to thank you all for your support, your time and your philanthropic gifts during the past year. Many have made gifts this year for a variety of academic and athletic programs and we are so grateful. If you have not yet made a gift in this calendar year, or are interested in making an additional gift, here is some information that may be useful to you.

Tax‑Wise Charitable Planning Strategies

There are a number of charitable planning strategies that can help you lower your income and taxes this year.

  • If you are aged 70½ or older, a “Charitable Rollover” gift through your IRA is a great way to support CWU Foundation while lessening your tax burden. Contributions made to the Foundation directly from your retirement account administrator by December 31, will be counted toward your Required Minimum Distribution for the year.
  • You may want to consider the great tax advantages in donating securities over an outright cash gift. When you donate publicly traded stocks or bonds, you can both avoid paying capital gains tax and receive a tax‑saving charitable deduction. Even if you happen hold stock that has depreciated below the cost, by selling the stocks and then making a gift, you will be able to claim a capital loss on your taxes and an income tax deduction for your gift.

To learn more about tax wise ways to support CWU, please contact Director of Planned Giving Sarah Freeman at sarah.freeman@cwu.edu or 509-859-1166.

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