Ways to Give
Every gift matters. At BCU, we enroll over 1,300 students. Each student is on a journey, a journey that begins with an affordable education. Your donation helps make their aspirations a reality.
You make it possible for the next generation of Chargers to carry on our proud traditions as they go on to impact every industry and change the world — as only Chargers can. We invite you to select the giving option that is most convenient for you.
| Give Online
This is the simplest way to contribute to and the preferred method for many of our alumni and friends. With our easy-to-use online gift process, you have options to make a one-time gift today, create an installment plan, or create a sustaining gift. You decide the amount and the frequency, we take care of the rest.
| Direct Mail
Send a check made payable to:
Briar Cliff University
University Relations Office
3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
| Automatic Payments
To authorize automatic payments directly from your bank account. Contact us and we will set up a call to help set up this option for you.
To donate quickly and securely, download the Venmo app and send your donation to @BriarCliff. Be sure to include a description along with your donation to identify the purpose for your gift. If you need assistance in this process, please contact us for help.
If you incur expenses while volunteering for or donating material items to Briar Cliff University, your expenses/material may be recognized as a gift. When requested items are donated for educational purposes, tangible property (such as art, books, clothing, and technology) is recognized at its fair market value.
Contact us to inquire about a receipt or plan your gift-in-kind.
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| Matching Gifts
Many employers sponsor matching programs for employees’ charitable gifts. To take advantage of these opportunities, simply ask your employer or human resources department to see if your employer has a matching gift program.
Feel free to contact us if you have a question about matching gifts.
| Briar Cliff Payroll Deduct
Faculty and Staff may donate in person, online, or through automatic payments. Many faculty and staff members find having gifts deducted from their paycheck is the easiest way to give. To set up a new payroll deduction or edit an existing one, please download the faculty/staff pledge Payroll Deduction Form.
Making a planned gift is one way to “let the future bear witness” to your love for Briar Cliff, with potential benefits for you as the donor, your heirs, and our University. Make the choice to help sustain the excellence that began in 1930 by learning more about these planned gift options.
A gift in your will or living trust is a simple, flexible, and versatile way to sustain our mission for years to come. You can name Briar Cliff University as a percentage beneficiary, for a specific dollar amount, or as a residual recipient.
| Pledge Gifts
We understand that while you might want to give a larger gift to Briar Cliff University, you might not be able to afford to give all of it up front. In these situations, we often recommend pledge giving. A pledge is a promise to pay a specified amount over a set period of time. For example, you might pledge $2,400 to be paid over four years, by installments of $50 per month.
Have you received a call and pledged to donate a certain amount? If you did, you will receive a pledge letter in the mail from us with details on your promised payment. Let us know if you have yet to receive the letter that you were expecting.
| Estate Planning
Are you interested in making a planned gift through your estate? We can help!
Estate planning is the process of designating who will receive your physical and financial assets, handle your responsibilities after your death or incapacitation. The primary goal is to ensure beneficiaries receive assets in a way that minimizes estate tax, gift tax, income tax and other taxes. Briar Cliff University partners with a full-service accounting firm dedicated to providing you with professional, personalized services and guidance in a wide range of financial and business needs. Our goal is to offer you the opportunity to make plans for your future and encourage you to consider including Briar Cliff University in your plans.
Learn more about how you can make an impact with a estate planned gift.
| Appreciated Stock
If you donate stock that has increased in value since you bought it more than a year ago, and if you itemize deductions, you can take a charitable deduction for the stock’s fair market value on the day you give it away. You’ll also avoid capital gains taxes on the increase in value over time, which you would have had to pay if you sold the stock then gave the charity the cash proceeds. You can deduct the fair market value only if you hold the stock for more than a year before giving it away. If you have held it for less than a year, your deduction is limited to your cost basis - what you paid for the stock, not the current value.
|Donor Advised Funding
Donor-advised funds are tax-deductible financial accounts provided by 501c3 nonprofits who are approved, donor-advised fund sponsors. These funds are opened in your name, and they enable you to give and get a tax deduction immediately while deciding later which organization those funds will support.
Simply put, these funds are a charitable giving vehicle sponsored by Briar Cliff University. You can create a donor fund with a contribution to Briar Cliff University and receive immediate and maximum tax benefits. You can also recommend grants over time to any IRS-qualified public charity. You can:
- Contribute a wide variety of asset types
- Enjoy the best available tax benefits
- Recommend investments
- Recommend who will receive grants, as well as when and in what amounts
- Recommend who will succeed you as fund advisor today and over successive generations
Donor-advised funds offer simple, tax-wise, and meaningful ways to manage your philanthropy.
| Retirement Plan or Life Insurance Policy Designation
You may name Briar Cliff University as a beneficiary of retirement plans and life insurance policies. Simply fill out a form that is entirely separate from your will. This easy way to give is also flexible — you can review and adjust beneficiary designations at any time.
| IRA Charitable Rollover
The IRA Charitable Rollover is a tax-free way to make a charitable gift. A traditional Individual Retirement Account is an account set aside with funds to be used after retirement. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 that was passed by Congress and signed into law made permanent what is popularly known as the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Charitable Rollover. This means that charitably minded taxpayers who are 70 ½ years old or older can transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRA accounts directly to a charity without first having to recognize the distribution as income. Simply put, if you meet this qualification you can use your IRA to transfer up to $100,000 each year to a charity without being taxed.
Invest in future generations of ethical world changers.
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