Ways to Give
There are many different ways to give to the University of Hartford: Cash/Checks: Nothing could be easier than making a gift of cash to a charitable organization. It is the most common gift and one you probably think of first. Cash donations are generally deductible if you itemize in the year of contribution, up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. Excess deductions can often be carried forward for the next five years.

Online Donations Using Your Credit Card: Making donations online has become an increasingly popular method of giving. The Internet makes it possible for you to fulfill your desire to help others quickly and easily. Many potential online donors may still have some fear of providing personal information on the Internet. We have made every effort to give donors a secure environment to keep private information just that - private. Make a Donation Online

Matching Gifts: Double your dollars by having your employer match your gift. Obtain a matching gift form or instructions for requesting matching gifts online from your company's human resources department. Complete the online form or mail the completed hardcopy to us with your gift. By participating in the corporate matching gift program, you will increase the impact of your gift.
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Bequests: Bequests are the most popular type of planned gifts. Anything you leave to a charitable organization will reduce the size of your taxable estate while helping a good cause. You can leave a bequest of a specified sum of money or a particular piece of property to us. Learn More.

Life Insurance: Do you have life insurance policies that are no longer needed? You may either donate the life insurance policy to us, or simply name us as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy. For the gift of a paid-up policy, you will be entitled to an income tax deduction equal to the lesser of the cash value of the policy or the total premiums paid. To qualify for the federal charitable contribution deduction on a gift of an existing policy, you must name the charitable organization owner and beneficiary. Learn More.

Tangible Personal Property: Many items of tangible personal property make suitable charitable gifts. The available tax deduction depends on whether or not the organization will use the property in a way that is related to its tax-exempt purpose. Learn More.

Real Estate: A gift of real estate offers you the opportunity to make a significant charitable contribution with a tax-friendly outcome. There are several ways to donate real estate depending on your situation: outright gifts, retained life estate, bargain sale, vacation time-shares. Learn More.

Securities: Stocks and publicly traded securities are easy to give and offer great tax advantages. You can transfer the stock to us electronically through your broker or mail to us the stock certificate and a signed stock power for each certificate. To protect against possible fraud, the certificates and the stock powers should be mailed separately. The best stocks to use for charitable giving are those that you have held for more than a year, that have increased greatly in value, particularly those producing a low yield. Learn More.

To make a gift of stock please contact Chris Adams at 860-768-2407, cadams@hartford.edu or Crystal Waldo at 860-768-2439, waldo@hartford.edu.

The information given is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult an attorney.

For more information, contact Peter Congleton, at 860.768.2415 or congleton@hartford.edu