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Give Back to BGSU

Every gift makes a difference at Bowling Green State University. Since our founding in 1910, gifts of varied forms and sizes have helped to shape BGSU into the outstanding educational institution it is today. Whether the gift is one dollar or one million, donors always choose whether to share an undesignated monetary gift or support to specific funds. Donors may create a new fund— perhaps in honor of a loved one or faculty member— or choose from the hundreds of existing funds to defray tuition costs for deserving students, attract the best faculty, or support any of our outstanding educational and community outreach programs.

MAKE A GIFT NOW

Gifts can be made using:

  • Cash: a one-time investment via check or cash.
  • Recurring bank transfers: a scheduled contribution directly from your savings or checking account.
  • Credit cards: a simple way to give by phone, mail, or online
  • Securities and mutual funds: whether these funds are offered via paper or electronic transfer, any depreciated securities should be sold before gifting to realize the loss for tax purposes.

No matter the size or form of your investment, BGSU Foundation staff will help you to make the greatest possible impact with your investment. There are many different types of charitable giving tools to stretch your investment.

Matching gifts can more than double a gift if the donor’s or spouse’s employer offers such a benefit. Often, the process begins with a simple form from the employer’s human resource or public relations office.

Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Trusts empower a donor to transfer a gift of cash, securities or property in exchange for a lifetime income.

Charitable Lead Trusts offer income to the BGSU Foundation for a set number of years, after which the remaining funds may be transferred back to the donor or heirs.

Bequests through a will or living trust enable a donor to commit a substantial gift after his or her lifetime. Such gifts should use the foundation’s legal name, Bowling Green State University Foundation, Inc.

Insurance or pension gifts are another option for making a significant impact, when donors name the foundation, Inc. as a direct or contingency beneficiary.

Gifts-in-kind are tangible items such as technical equipment, musical instruments, rare books or other items that can be used for teaching, outreach and research activities at the University.

Please contact the BGSU University Advancement at 888-839-2586 for more information about any of these gifting options.