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Ways of Giving

Gifts on behalf of the University of Colorado Foundation assist the University in setting and attaining major goals. There are a wide variety of options for giving, some of which are detailed below. To learn more about any of these options or to discuss a specific gift, please contact the Dean's Office, by phone at 303-492-7511.




Types of Donations:


Cash gifts

Regular annual cash contributions are the lifeblood of private support to the Libraries. These gifts are tax deductible and can be made annually or as multi-year pledges. Gifts may be unrestricted for use where the need is greatest, or designated for a specific purpose. Feel free to contact our staff to discuss options. Or, you can use our online form to make a pledge now, and we will contact you to provide you with payment options.

Gifts in kind

Each year, the University Libraries receive a large number of offers of gifts of collections of books, works of art, equipment, and other tangible items for use in the libraries. Gifts of valuable personal property not suitable for University use may be accepted by the CU Foundation for sale with the approval of the donor. The proceeds are directed back to support the Libraries. In all cases, the donor is responsible for establishing the value of the donated property in order to claim a charitable income tax deduction.

Matching gifts

More than 1,000 companies nationwide offer matching gift programs as an employee benefit. These companies can double or even triple the value of an employee's investment in the University Libraries. Your Human Resources Department can provide you with more information and the appropriate forms.

Planned giving opportunities & life income plans

There are a variety of unique programs that enable donors to "plan" their gifts according to their charitable interests as part of a future distribution from their estate. Annual gifts can easily be turned into a permanent legacy by adding a bequest designation to a will or placing a beneficiary designation on an IRA.


Planned gifts like our pooled income fund and charitable trusts may produce some advantages far beyond an immediate tax deduction by reducing capital gains and estate taxes or providing lifetime income.

Securities, real estate & appreciated assets

A donor may derive significant tax savings in making a gift of highly appreciated assets like securities or real estate. By contributing this type of gift, you may be able to avoid capital gains taxes and lower your current income tax. The Foundation stands ready to assist donors or their financial counsel in these matters.

Tribute gifts & naming opportunities

A contribution in honor or memory of a friend, teacher, or relative is a wonderful way to recognize their life and achievements. Larger memorial gifts may be used to establish permanent named endowments, name a building or space in the Libraries, or endow a position of the head of a collection.


Pledge form

Funds will be used to meet the pressing needs of the Libraries -- whether in acquiring traditional materials like books and journals or e-books that can be accessed online. In addition, your support will help the Dean of the Libraries bring new technology, programs and services to more library users.


Norlin Library, Room N210. Here's a map to help you find us. Our hours are: Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm.



US Mail

Checks should be made payable to


Friends of the Libraries / University of Colorado Foundation


and sent to


Friends of the Libraries
184 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309