Giving FAQ and 501(c)(3) information
Gonzaga University is a not-for-profit (or charitable) organization with 501(c)(3) IRS status. Contributions to Gonzaga University are tax deductible in the manner and to the extent provided by section 170 of the internal revenue code. It is recommended that you consult your tax advisor regarding the exact deductibility of gifts to Gonzaga University. Gonzaga's Tax ID number is 91-0236600
Where can I find a directory of people who can help me with my giving and goals?
Visit the Gonzaga University Development Contact Us page. The Development office is the fundraising arm of the University Advancement division, which also includes the Alumni Association and Marketing and Communication offices, all of whom are here to help you.
Will my small gift really make a difference?
Yes! Every gift makes a difference. Your gift and others like it combine to cover a range of immediate needs and helps further the Jesuit mission of transforming lives. Participation from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and students at all gift levels, no matter the amount, demonstrates endorsement by the Gonzaga community for the many exciting initiatives taking place at our great University.
Why is alumni participation so important?
In addition to demonstrating support for students and scholarships, each year Gonzaga University is rated by such organizations as U.S. News & World Report, and alumni giving percentages are seen as an indicator of alumni satisfaction and factored into the ranking process. Alumni who participate at any level are helping Gonzaga's standing for student recruitment, fund raising, and overall reputation.
Is joining the Alumni Association the same as making a gift?
No—dues paid to be an Alumni Association member are not tax-deductible charitable gifts. They help to fund events across the country and the Alumni Association scholarship.
What is the University's fiscal year? How does that affect my gift?
Gonzaga's fiscal year runs from June 1 to May 31. Giving numbers and participation data are calculated and donor recognition lists are compiled based on gifts processed between those dates.
How do I specify where I want my gift to go?
For online gifts, selecting a designation is part of the giving form. For checks, you can specify the gift designation by including a letter stating the intent or by simply writing where the gift should go in the memo portion of your check.
Whom do I contact if I have a question or problem making an online donation?
Please ask for assistance by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at (800) 463-6925.
Does Gonzaga University accept contributions by credit card? If so, which cards?
Yes! Gonzaga accepts Visa and MasterCard at gonzaga.edu/give or by phone at (800) 463-6925.
Will I get a receipt for tax purposes?
Yes. Our gift accounting office acknowledges all donation amounts and you can expect an official receipt for your taxes in the mail soon after your gift is received. If you make your gift online, you will also receive a confirmation notice via e-mail.
Who should I call if I have a question about my gift receipt?
For questions about your receipt, you may contact our Gift Accounting office at (800) 463-6925 or email@example.com during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
What are my rights as a donor?
Gonzaga University subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP):
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights.
Can I make a gift anonymously and forgo being publicly recognized?
Gonzaga University will respect your desire for anonymity and will not disclose your gift. We are proud to recognize the generosity of our donors through published donor lists and donor recognition events. When donors notify us that they choose not to be publicly recognized for their support, we will accommodate the request. Anonymous donors must provide personal information for tax purposes, but that information will remain confidential. Please let us know if you would prefer not to have your name listed by calling (800) 463-6925 or sending an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is an "employer matching gift?"
Many companies encourage their employees to make charitable contributions by matching their philanthropic support, sometimes on a one-to-one, two-to-one, or even a three-to-one basis. The impact of corporate matching support can be enormous. Hundreds of companies have matching-gift programs — search for your employer in the matching gift section of our online giving form.
If I cannot make a gift right now, what are my options?
You can very easily make a pledge now, and then request that the University remind you or charge your credit card at a specific time in the future. Making a pledge gives you the opportunity to distribute your payments throughout the year, allowing you to consider a larger gift to the University.
What are my pledge payment options?
For your convenience, billing arrangements can be made monthly, quarterly, or annually. We gladly accept the following forms of payment: cash, check, electronic check, credit card, electronic fund transfer, wire transfer, and stocks/securities.
My financial situation has changed. Can I modify my pledge?
Yes. Please contact our Gift Accounting office at (800) 463-6925 or email@example.com to change your pledge accordingly.
How can I support the University through my estate (e.g., bequest, life insurance, retirement assets, etc.)?
We have an increasing number of alumni and friends who are benefiting from life income gifts and other estate gift plans. These gifts provide wonderful benefits, from increased income to generous tax savings, for our benefactors. For more information, please contact our Planned Giving Office at (509) 313-6141, (800) 388-0881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I update my contact information?
Please contact us at (509) 313-6382, (800) 463-6925, or visit our online record update form to submit your changes.
Does Gonzaga University rent or sell my personal information to third parties?
Never. Your personal information will remain confidential and will never be sold by Gonzaga University or traded with another organization. Information contained in our records is used only for University-related business.
What if I still have questions?
If you still have questions, please call the Office of University Advancement at (509) 313-5995 or (800) 463-6925, or e-mail email@example.com. A member of our staff will be happy to assist you.