Give to BGSU

Now more than ever, every gift makes a difference at Bowling Green State University. Since our founding in 1910, gifts of all sizes have helped to shape BGSU into the outstanding educational institution it is today. Regardless of the amount, donors may choose to make a gift in support of the University’s greatest needs or designate it to a specific purpose. Donors may give in honor of a loved one or faculty member — or choose from the hundreds of existing gift designation funds to support emergency needs, defray tuition costs for deserving students, attract the best faculty, or support any of our outstanding academic colleges, units and community outreach programs.


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 or retirement assets 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.