Outright Gifts


Gifts of Cash

Gifts of Stock and Securities
Gifts of Real Estate                                      
Gifts of Other Property

 


 

Gifts of Cash
Outright gifts may be made online using your American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.You may also mail your gift to:

Office of Development and Alumni Affairs
Western Carolina University
201 HFR Administration
Cullowhee, NC, 28723

If you itemize deductions on your federal income tax form, your outright gift is, in most cases, tax deductible. Most donors are entitled to a federal income tax deduction of up to 50% of their adjusted gross income, and may carry-over any excess deductions for up to 5 additional years.

For more information on IRS regulations regarding the deductibility of outright gifts consult your financial advisor or IRS Publication 526.

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Gifts of Stock and Securities


Increasing numbers of alumni, parents, and friends of Western are donating securities (shares of stock) to the University. By giving appreciated securities, donors often find that they can make a larger contribution than they could by giving cash.


A gift of securities may offer a number of tax advantages to the donor. Please consult your tax or financial advisor for further details.

There are three ways you can make a gift of securities to Western Carolina University:


1. Send the unendorsed stock certificate to:
Office of Development and Alumni Affairs
Western Carolina University
201 HF Robinson
Cullowhee, NC 28723


Please also include:

  • Under separate cover a signed / medallion guaranteed stock power (Medallion Guarantee is NOT but it is similar to a notary – used in validating signatures for transactions between financial institutions & can be acquired at your bank or brokerage firm)
  • Letter of authorization stating the number of shares, name of stock and the allocation for proceeds of sale – also medallion guaranteed

2. Instruct your Financial Advisor to transfer the securities from your brokerage account toWestern Carolina University's account at:
      Morgan Stanley
      DTC Number 0015
      Account Number 767-060407 M

  •  Morgan Stanley Contact Person: Pam Dennis (866) 403-6382

3. If your stock is held at a Transfer Agent, please contact our office at 828-227-724 to acquire the information necessary to complete your form.


Important: Please also notify WCU's Office of Development and Alumni Affairs of the transfer, by emailing annualgiving@wcu.edu or calling (828) 227-7124 to insure proper gift crediting.


The value of a gift of securities is established using the mean of the high and low stock quotations on the day the securities pass to Western's control. More information about the date of contribution can be found below. For information on making gifts of closely held stock (A company whose common shares are owned by one individual owner or by a small group of controlling stockholders.), life insurance, or other property, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at (828) 227-7124.



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Gifts of Real Estate

Most real estate has appreciated faster than the rate of inflation and offers great potential in charitable gift planning. We would be happy to explore with you a gift of a home, vacation property, condominium, undeveloped land, or other real estate. For more information, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at (828) 227- 7124.

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Gifts of Other Property

Gifts of other types of appreciated property can also offer significant tax advantages to the donor while benefiting Western’s programs. Please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs if you are interested in making a gift of personal property, such as art or rare books, or of closely-held stock. While Western is grateful for every donor's charitable intentions, some types of gifts require prior approval and legal forms of acceptance.

The tax laws governing deductions for gifts of appreciated real property can be complex. For more information consult your financial advisor or see IRS Publication 561.

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