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Ways You Can Give to Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling Jesuit University's excellence and leadership in higher education depend greatly on the generosity of alumni, parents and friends.  When you give to Wheeling Jesuit you help the University advance its mission of providing a world-class academic environment that fosters a lifetime of leadership and service.  Over 10,600 alumni carry our mission into the world. 

Among regional baccalaureate colleges, US News and World Report ranks Wheeling Jesuit number six in the Southern Regional Colleges.  Rankings from Washington Monthly College Guide place Wheeling Jesuit 2nd nationally for baccalaureate colleges and Forbes Magazine ranks Wheeling Jesuit among its Best Colleges in America.

From annual gifts that make an immediate impact to endowed gifts that last for generations, contributions to Wheeling Jesuit University serve as a catalyst for positive change.   

Gift of Cash
Cash contributions may be made by check, money order or credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express) through one gift or installments. Matching gifts from your employer will help to double or even triple the impact of your gift.  Please ask your employer if they participate in a matching gift program.  

Gift of Securities
This can be extremely advantageous.  Appreciated stocks, bonds, closely-held stock in family businesses, or other property may be given to the University.  The value of the gift is determined by the average market value of the stock on the date the gift is transferred.  For additional details, please see stock delivery instructions and contact your broker.  ALSO please contact the Advancement Office at
advancement@wju.edu or 800-888-2586 to notify them of your gift.

Property
WJU accepts gifts of art, jewelry, antiques, rare books, manuscripts and similar property.  Should you choose this type of gift, you will need to secure an independent appraisal of the value for tax purposes.

Gift of Real Estate
Real estate may provide a convenient way to support the University. You may contribute real estate as an outright or deferred gift.  For example, a donor can make a gift of a home or farm while retaining life tenancy.

Planned Giving
Bequests
Bequests are the most common form of planned giving.  With a bequest, you make provisions for Wheeling Jesuit in your will, designating either a dollar amount or percentage of your estate to the University.  Whatever the amount, bequests to WJU are free from federal estate tax and the estate and inheritance taxes of most states.  Bequests should be drawn and executed with your attorney's advice.

Gifts of Life Insurance
You may assign WJU as a beneficiary or co-beneficiary of your life insurance policy.  When Wheeling Jesuit University is named as the owner of the policy and/or the irrevocable beneficiary, the cash value of the policy may be deducted on your income tax return. Premiums paid thereafter also are income tax deductible.

Charitable Remainder Trust
You may prefer to make a deferred gift through a Charitable Remainder Trust.  This trust provides an immediate income tax deduction for the value of the remainder interest in the trust based on Internal Revenue Service life expectancy tables, your age and rate of return at that time.

Testamentary Trust or Annuity
A Testamentary Charitable Trust or Annuity may be set up to provide life income to a survivor, with the principal going to Wheeling Jesuit University upon the survivor's death. Any charitable deduction for estate taxes will be subject to the same limitations that are applicable to Charitable Remainder Trusts.

Appreciated Securities
The IRS still allows a significant tax break for individuals considering a charitable gift: Donors may deduct the full, fair market value of appreciated assets given to Wheeling Jesuit University, with no recognition of capital gains. That means that donors can leverage a large donation and charitable deduction using an asset with a small cost basis.

For additional information, please contact the Advancement Office at (304) 243-8141, (800) 888-2586 or advancement@wju.edu.


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