How to Make a Gift

Alumni, parents, and friends make gifts to Yale with many kinds of assets and in a variety of forms. Options include cash, checks, credit card payments, gifts of marketable securities, and other assets. Please feel free to write or call for advice or details.

Your gift can have an even greater impact if your company has a matching gift program. In some cases, your spouse’s company may match your gift. Find out here if your company will match your contribution. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies also match gifts made by retirees. (Yale’s Federal Tax ID: 06-0646973)

A majority of the gifts made to Yale come in the form of cash, via check, credit card, or wire transfer. A gift of cash entitles you to the most generous federal income tax deduction available for charitable contributions. If you itemize deductions, you may deduct up to 60 percent of your adjusted gross income for gifts of cash and may carry any amount over that figure forward for up to five additional years.

Checks should be made payable to “Yale University” and mailed to:
Yale University
Office of Development
Contribution Processing
P.O. Box 2038
New Haven, CT 06521-2038

For payments by Visa, Mastercard, or American Express, please make your gift online or call

To make a donation via cash wire transfer, please visit Give Now or call 203.432.2206.

A gift of appreciated securities that you have held for more than one year is frequently the most economical way to give. You will be eligible to take a federal income tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the stock on the date of the gift for up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income and will avoid tax on the capital gain. Following is specific information about how to give securities or mutual fund shares to Yale:

Securities held by your bank or broker

Please notify your bank or broker that you are making a gift of securities to Yale and instruct your bank or broker to either telephone Donated Securities at 203.432.4107 or e-mail for instructions. Please tell your bank or broker not to proceed until speaking with a representative in that office.

Or, you may visit Give Now to make a donation of securities.

Securities certificates held by you

Please send unendorsed certificates by mail, along with a letter giving your name, address, Yale College class or Yale school affiliation, the purpose of your gift, and securities cost-basis information to:

Yale University
Office of Development
Donated Securities
P.O. Box 805
New Haven, Connecticut 06503-0805
Telephone: 203.432.4107

In a separate envelope, please mail to the same address a stock power for each certificate, along with a copy of your letter. Do not complete any information on the stock power other than your signature and the date and obtain a medallion signature guarantee. If the certificate represents a greater number of shares than you intend to give to Yale, please enclose a note requesting the return of a new stock certificate with the non-gift balance and include your social security number, full name, address, and phone number.

Your bank or broker can supply you with blank stock powers, or Donated Securities will be happy to send them to you. For most expedient handling, do not fill in Yale’s name as transferee on either the stock certificate or the stock power, and please do not send stock certificates to a transfer agent for transfer into Yale’s name.

Mutual fund shares

Please contact Donated Securities at 203.432.4107 with information about your mutual fund shares. The procedure for transferring shares is established by the mutual fund company, and Donated Securities will be able to assist you with the appropriate letters of instruction.

Excise tax on donated securities

As of July 1, 2018, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 imposes on Yale (and a limited number of other colleges and universities) a 1.4 percent excise tax on net investment income. Yale’s income includes the difference between a donor’s tax basis (typically the original purchase price) and the net proceeds Yale receives upon sale of donated securities. To assist in calculating Yale’s tax liability, we need to collect information about the tax basis of all donated securities.

Yale’s Federal Tax Identification Number:  06-0646973

Gifts to Yale may be made in the form of many other types of assets; appreciated assets are particularly tax-efficient gifts. For example, you may wish to consider gifts of closely held stock, tangible personal property (if its use is related to Yale’s educational purposes), or real estate. See Planned Giving & Bequests for further information.

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Many employers give generously to educational institutions by matching employees’ charitable contributions. Find out if your company matches gifts to Yale

UK Friends of Yale University Limited is an officially registered charity in the United Kingdom. Because it is also recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the United States, gifts to UK Friends of Yale may be simultaneously eligible for tax benefits in both countries. Visit the FAQ page for more information.

To make a gift via credit card, please call our UK Administrator, Eileen Flood, at 020 7502 2813.

The Yale University Hong Kong Charitable Trust, established in 1996, is a public, tax exempt charity registered under Section 88 of the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Ordinance. As such, it may provide a tax-efficient option for Hong Kong taxpayers wishing to make a gift to Yale University. Learn more about the Yale University Hong Kong Charitable Trust.