The University of Texas at Tyler University Advancement
UT Tyler Giving Frequently Asked Questions
General Giving Questions
How can I give? Whom do I call? Where do I mail my check?
The Printable Fax/Mail-In Giving Form allows you to make a gift or pledge payment on your debit or credit card.
You can call us to make a gift or pledge payment by credit card at 903-566-7110 or 903-566-7111. You may fax the form to 903-566-7419.
You can mail a check, made payable to The University of Texas at Tyler, to:
University of Texas at Tyler
UT Tyler Advancement
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75799
You can set up an estate gift or a life income gift through our Planned Giving Services by e-mailing Planned Giving or calling 903-566-7112.
Where should I direct my gift? What are UT Tyler's current priorities?
See the orange Inspiring Excellence Campaign button on this page for more information.
How can I find out if my company will match my gift to UT Tyler?
Many companies match employee gifts up to a certain limit per year. Contact your human resources department for information about your company's gift-matching policy.
Can I make recurring credit card gifts?
No. UT Tyler does not keep records with credit card numbers. However, pledge reminders will be sent upon request. Each pledge or contribution may be made by check, credit/debit card or money orders. We appreciate the regular support to UT Tyler.
You can set up your gift using the Giving Form. If you prefer, you can set up a recurring gift (pledge) by calling us at 903-566-7110 or 7111.
What are the tax benefits of making a gift to UT Tyler?
All gifts to UT Tyler are tax deductible in the United States.
Whom can I contact if I have a question?
If you have questions about making a gift or using this site, please call 903-566-7110. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm CST. Or email us at email@example.com.
UT Tyler President's Associates Fund FAQ
What is The UT Tyler President's Associates Fund?
President's Associates members are an elite group of friends of this university whose annual dues are unrestricted funds, which allow the president to allocate dollars quickly, and decisively in the pursuit of excellence - for the extras that allow the university to be above average, to do the special things that enhance the educational experience of students. Membership privileges include special mailings and invitations to select UT Tyler events and programs. Memberships are available.
What do gifts to The UT Tyler President's Associates Fund support?
The UT Tyler President's Associates Fund provides student support. The fund is the college's highest priority for annual giving. Used exclusively to support today's students, the fund is the most effective way for UT Tyler alumni, students, parents, and friends to contribute financial support for quality education and student life.
I still have questions about The UT Tyler President's Associates Fund. Where can I get more information?
Major Gifts FAQ
How can I explore making an investment in UT Tyler?
Donors considering significant gifts to UT Tyler work with the University Advancement Office to match their interests with the university's priorities. Donors may make gifts through pledges paid over a term of years (2-5 year pledges are most common), through outright gifts of cash or appreciated securities, or by setting up bequests or life income gifts (see Planned Giving for more information about such gifts). To learn more, please contact Jerre Iversen, vice president of advancement at 903-566-7110 or e-mail mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is an endowment gift and an expendable gift? How does UT Tyler's endowment work?
Gifts that create endowment funds are meant to exist in perpetuity, and they are invested for long-term growth. Each year, a portion of the fund's earnings is made available in the form of payout or distribution. The payout, usually about 4 percent of the fund's value at the beginning of the fiscal year, is used for the purposes the donor and UT Tyler agreed upon when the gift was made.
How can I establish a named scholarship or endowment?
One may provide perpetual support in the form of an endowed fund wherein the principal remains intact and only a portion of the annual interest earned on its investment may be spent for the intended purpose. There is a minimum level of support ($10,000) required to establish a new endowed fund. However, a donor may add to an existing endowment at any time with any amount. Contact any development officer in the Office of Advancement at 903-566-7110.
What are the benefits of giving securities to UT Tyler?
If you have securities that have appreciated in value, giving them to UT Tyler allows you to avoid capital gains taxes while also receiving a tax deduction for your gift. To transfer securities to UT Tyler, please contact Larry Wickham, Director of Planned Giving, 903-566-7112. If you have questions, you may wish to discuss the tax benefits of your gift with your accountant or attorney.
How can I make a gift of securities to UT Tyler?
There are several options for securities: Contact Larry Wickham at 903-566-7112
Whom should I contact to discuss a large gift opportunity?
Planned Giving FAQ
If I include UT Tyler in my will, whom do I need to tell about it?
UT Tyler appreciates knowing when it is included in an individual's estate plans to make sure the designated purpose of the gift will always be useful. We would also like to show our appreciation to donors who include us in their estate plans.
What are life income gifts and what are the tax advantages of making such a gift?
A life income gift allows you to make a gift to UT Tyler while providing income for yourself or others for a period of time before UT Tyler is permitted to use your gift. You may make a life income gift to the university by irrevocably transferring securities, money, or other property to UT Tyler. The university then manages the investment of the assets and pays an income to you, your designated beneficiaries, or both. The income payments continue for the beneficiary's life or for a term of up to twenty years. After the income payments end, UT Tyler receives the fund principal. Charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities are examples of life income gifts.
Gifts to UT Tyler, as to other charitable organizations, are not subject to gift or estate taxes. For example, a $10,000 bequest to a charity results in the charity receiving the full $10,000, free of tax. In the case of life income gifts, an income tax deduction for the current value of the "remainder interest" in the donated assets is available. More important in some cases is the fact that the sale of appreciated assets after transfer to a life income arrangement does not give rise to any capital gains taxes on the sale.
How can UT Tyler help me with planned gifts such as life income gifts and bequests?
UT Tyler's Planned Giving Director will be happy to discuss your particular needs and wishes, and to advise as to how your goals might best be met. Larry or any development officer can:
- Help you decide if a bequest to UT Tyler is right for you.
- Give you options for reducing taxes and possibly providing income to you while benefiting UT Tyler in the future.
- Help you choose the best gift technique to accomplish your goals.
- Help you address capital gains taxes on appreciated assets.
- Help you become familiar with how a charitable trust benefiting UT Tyler might work for you.
Contact Larry Wickham at 903-566-7112 to discuss your particular needs.
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75799