Ways to Give
How you give is wide open
No matter how you choose to give, making a gift to Oglethorpe is an expression of generosity – and in making that expression, you have complete flexibility.
The easiest way to give is to donate online, but you could also donate goods or services, or plan for a future donation. You also have an opportunity to be imaginative – to personalize your gift, no matter the amount.
You might endow a scholarship fund – even meet the deserving, inspiring young person whose educational dreams you helped achieve. Or you could fund a project, professor or initiative in academics, athletics or other areas.
The opportunities are endless.
Contribute online using your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. You can contribute quickly, easily and most importantly, securely. Our online site also allows you to set up recurring gifts at a schedule convenient to your needs (i.e., monthly, quarterly, yearly).
Shop at amazon.com and Amazon will donate to Oglethorpe University, at no cost to you. Simply pick Oglethorpe University as your charity of choice and shop!
Contribute via a convenient monthly deduction from your checking account or, for faculty and staff, as part of Oglethorpe’s Payroll Deduction Plan. Please call 404.364.8338 to arrange for automated account deductions.
Make a credit card contribution or pledge by phone. Please call the Advancement Office at 404.364.8333.
You can download, complete and mail in our pledge/gift form at any time.
Oglethorpe University’s gifts-in-kind program integrates your and/or your organizations’ donated assets, products or services with our academic, facilities and student life programs. Often they represent a great opportunity for you, companies and other entities to employ their unique assets to support the university’s educational efforts. We define a gift-in-kind as a non-cash donation of a good or service. Oglethorpe accepts gifts-in-kind that support the fulfillment of its academic, museum, performing arts, athletic and facilities goals.
To discuss making such a gift, please contact us at 404.364.8333.
An endowment — a critical cornerstone of giving to support Oglethorpe University — is an investment in future generations of students and the future of the university. Once established, endowed funds provide both an immediate and future impact. The principal investment is held in perpetuity, with an annual allocation from the investment income supporting needs as designated by the donor. The intent of endowed funds is to have a consistent, long-term influence on the university’s mission through support for scholarships, research, faculty development, athletics, infrastructure (including salary support), or other programmatic funds.
Endowed funds are managed carefully and thoughtfully as long-term investments. For endowed funds to remain impactful, the investment return objective is to have returns that outpace the spending rate plus inflation. The university’s investment portfolio is diversified with investment allocations designed for long-term capital appreciation with appropriate cash flow that allows for the annual distributions as outlined in the endowment agreements. Endowed funds provide a relatively stable and consistent stream of income to support the university in perpetuity.
Oglethorpe is focused on responsibly stewarding and investing philanthropic gifts. In keeping with ongoing responsibility of monitoring the investment strategy and reviewing the long-term expected return, Oglethorpe remains committed to investing endowed gifts so their impact is meaningful and transformative for many years to come.
To learn more about establishing an endowed fund at Oglethorpe, contact a member of our development team.
For even greater impact, there are many opportunities to invest in OU and enhance the Oglethorpe experience through long-lasting support.
These gifts include endowments and named fellowships, among others, many of which are made possible through planned and estate gifts.
Gifts can be made in a variety of ways:
- Beneficiary Designations
- Life Income Gifts
- Real Estate and Retained Life Estates
- Bargain Sales
If you have included a gift to Oglethorpe University in your estate plan, we would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift. Please contact us to let us know by downloading and submitting a Letter of Intent.
Donations of art, stocks, and securities are excellent ways to support the University.
A gift of art will allow the Oglethorpe Museum of Art to continue its mission of showing nationally and internationally recognized artists and exhibits. It also helps ensure that Oglethorpe is fulfilling its goal to provide a superior liberal arts education by truly hands-on experience of the arts.
Electronic Transfer of Stock
If your stock is held at a broker, notify your broker that you wish to make a gift of securities to Oglethorpe University.
Be sure to tell your broker:
- The name of the stock you want to transfer
- The number of shares you want to transfer
- Any special designation you wish for the gift when it reaches Oglethorpe.
To complete the transfer, your broker will need:
Official Name of the University: Oglethorpe University
Tax ID: 58-0568698
Receiving Brokerage Firm: Truist Investment Services, Inc.
Account Number: 04L-386626
Once you have authorized the transfer, ask your broker to contact [email protected].
You will receive an acknowledgment letter from Oglethorpe University notifying you of the gift value on the date it was received by the University.
If you hold the certificates in your own name, please mail the stock certificates without any endorsement or assignment to:
4484 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30319
Email: [email protected]
Send one signed stock power for each stock certificate (contact us for transfer form) in a separate envelope from the stock certificates.
Do not complete any other line on the stock power, except your signature, which must match the name on the front of the stock certificate. You need to have your signature on this stock power Medallion Guaranteed. This can be done by any bank or financial institution officer, or by a broker.
You will receive an acknowledgment letter from Oglethorpe University notifying you of the gift value on the date of the gift (the postmark on the envelope).
Bonds or Mutual Funds
Under IRS regulations, appreciated stock is valued for gift purposes at the mean of the high and low trading prices on the date of the gift. For mutual fund shares, the gift value is the last public redemption price or bid quoted on the date of the gift. For bonds, the gift value is the mean of the highest and lowest selling prices on the date of the gift.
For more information on the benefits of giving securities to Oglethorpe, please contact the Advancement Office at 404-364-8333.
Gifts of Art
A gift of art will allow the Oglethorpe Museum of Art to continue its mission of showing nationally and internationally recognized artists and exhibits. It also helps ensure that Oglethorpe is fulfilling its goal to provide a superior liberal arts education by truly hands-on experience of the arts. To make a gift of art, please contact us.
Many companies encourage their employees to contribute annually to their alma maters. They do this by agreeing to match the employee’s gift. Matching gifts are very important to the Oglethorpe Annual Fund.
To take advantage of this program:
- obtain your or your spouse’s company’s matching gift form (generally found in the Human Resources Office)
- complete the form and return it to us with your personal contribution, and we will take care of the rest
Does your employer participate in the matching gifts program?
If you have any questions about matching gifts, please contact us.
A tribute gift is a meaningful way to convey sympathy to the bereaved, memorialize a loved one, commemorate a special occasion or honor a person’s life and accomplishments. Your gift to Oglethorpe University made in honor or memory of this special person ensures a legacy that extends far into the future. One-time tribute gifts can be made online, designating the honoree on the giving form.
The James Edward Oglethorpe Commemorative Bench Program is a visible way to support the university by providing seating that complements the campus landscape and provides visitors, as well as students, faculty, and staff, the opportunity to relax and enjoy Oglethorpe’s beautiful, historic campus.
Envision your bench in a place on campus that bears special importance or memories for you or a loved one. You can give a meaningful gift to honor a loved one, your family, a milestone, a friend, a beloved professor, a special occasion, or your Petrel Pride. A personalized plaque will be placed on your bench in recognition of your generosity.
Claim your bench by making a one-time gift (amount dependent on location). Your donation allows you to have the bench installed, provides a plaque with wording of your choosing, and supports care of the bench.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Advancement Office at 404-364-8333.