How to Give

Cash Gifts | UNH Term Scholarship | Appreciated Securities | Real and Personal Property | Gift Planning | Matching Gifts | Memorials and Tributes

Cash Gifts

The simplest way to support the University is with a cash gift. Send your personal check to the UNH Foundation, Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH 03824. Please make your check payable to the UNH Foundation. You may also make a gift with a credit card using our secure online giving form:

Many companies match cash gifts. Please check with your employer or use our Matching Gifts tool to find out:

For more information contact the Annual Giving office (603) 862-4495, or email

UNH Term Scholarship: A UNH Fund program in support of financial aid

Thirty percent of our students are eligible for federal Pell Grants or are the first in their families to attend college. Many of these deserving students come from families earning less than $30,000. They require a substantial institutional investment in order to afford a University education. It doesn’t serve our state’s future to leave them behind.

We have more than 1,800 in-state students who have an unmet need of anywhere from $8,000-$12,000.

A one to four-year commitment of $5,000 per year from you can provide up to four years of financial support for one these students.

The UNH Term Scholarship is critical in helping sustain a diverse and talented pool of students who contribute in the University’s classrooms, labs and on the fields.

To learn more about establishing a UNH Term Scholarship, please call Katie Oslin at (603) 862-4495.

All gifts received by the close of our fiscal year on June 30 will be awarded to a student in the fall term.

Appreciated Securities

A gift of appreciated securities provides an income tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the donated securities. Capital gains taxes may also be avoided on the transfer.

For more information, contact Erik Gross, Vice President and Treasurer, at (603) 862-1584. Click here for information about how to transfer securities.

Real and Personal Property

Land or other real property may be given to the Foundation as an outright gift or used as an asset within a charitable trust. You may also opt to donate a home and retain the right to occupy the property throughout one’s lifetime. Personal property, such as paintings or rare books, may also be contributed. If you are interested in discussing the advantages of such a gift, please contact Theresa Curry, Director of Gift Planning, at (603) 862-4895.

Gift Planning

Planned gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and gifts to the UNH Foundation Pooled Income Fund, benefit the University and can provide you with income for life. You may also enjoy significant benefits, including tax deductions, avoidance of capital gains taxes, and increased income. For more information on gift planning, please contact Theresa Curry, Director of Gift Planning, at (603) 862-4895 or


A gift to the UNH Foundation in a will allows you to make a substantial contribution to the University without diminishing available assets. A bequest can also significantly reduce estate taxes

Retirment Accounts

Like a bequest, naming UNH Foundation as the death beneficiary on a retirement account allows for a contribution without diminishing available assets. Depending on the state of the law, for individuals age 70 and ½ or older, gifts of up to $100,000 annually made directly from an IRA to UNH Foundation are allowed to meet the minimum distribution requirements without tax consequences to the IRA holder.

Pooled Income Fund

Gifts of $5,000 or more to the Foundation's Pooled Income Fund are invested together with gifts of other donors, and the annual income is shared among participants throughout their lifetimes. Participants incur no capital gain on appreciated securities transferred to the fund, and receive a charitable deduction for a portion of the gift.

Charitable Gift Annuities

For donors over age 65 gifts of $10,000 in exchange for a Charitable Gift Annuity provide an immediate income stream for life and an immediate income tax deduction in the year the gift is made. Charitable Gift Annuities funded with long term appreciated stock can reduce capital gains liabilities at well. Donors over age 55 qualify for deferred Charitable Gift Annuities with payments starting at age 65. Pay out rates are based on age and provided by the American Council on Gift Annuities.

Charitable Trusts

Irrevocable charitable trusts can provide an income for life that varies with the type and assets of the trust. Part of the trust qualifies for an income tax deduction. At the death of the last beneficiary, the remainder of the trust is distributed to the University for the purpose selected by the donor.

Life Insurance

A beneficiary designation to the University for Life Insurance can provide a substantial gift without reducing available assets. Naming UNH Foundation as the owner and beneficiary of life insurance policy may result in an income tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Premium payments due and paid after the gift is made, are also tax deductible.


Matching Gifts

Your employer may have a matching gift program. Click here to find out if your employer matches gifts to UNH. When an employee makes a charitable contribution, the company matches the donation and forwards the check to the UNH Foundation directly. You must ask your human resources department about the availability of this program.

Matching gift instructions:

  1. Obtain a matching gift form from your employer. (Please check with your human resources department).
  2. Fill out completely and mail to: UNH Foundation, Inc., University Advancement, Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH 03824-1934.

See your company’s matching gift form for full information on matching gift eligibility and program limitations.

Memorials and Tributes

Gifts can be made to the University to memorialize a person or event. These gifts may take a variety of forms that are both meaningful and appropriate, including donations for scholarship support, contributions of books or special collections for the Library, and gifts of art or equipment. In addition, the University provides opportunities for donors to contribute for campus beautification projects such as tree planting or bench installation. For more info, contact Katie Oslin at (603) 862-4495.