Ways to Give

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When you use our online giving system, you help us save resources, reduce paperwork and eliminate postage. The transaction process is encrypted, so you can safely and securely support any of the departments and programs at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

You may either make a one-time gift or set up recurring payments online using your credit card.

For the security of your gift, we cannot accept credit card information via email or fax.

Give by Mail

Please make gifts by check or money order payable to the "Rutgers University Foundation." Please also include a short note (or memo on your check) stating the purpose or designation of your gift.

Mail to:

Office of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
57 US Highway 1
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8554

For the security of your gift, please do not send cash.

Gifts of Stock

To make a gift of publicly traded stocks or mutual funds via electronic transfer, please complete the Rutgers University Foundation online form in order for an accounting staff member to contact you to complete the stock transfer.

Matching Gifts: Maximize the Impact of Your Gift

Many companies sponsor matching gift programs for their employees’ and retirees’ philanthropic interests. These companies may be willing to double or even triple the value of charitable gifts made by employees or their spouses. In these instances, you will be recognized for the full amount of your gift plus any employer match.

Endowed Gifts

Many Rutgers donors are choosing to endow programs they support with cash gifts today through a planned gift. Planned gifts are especially appealing to individuals who would like to see their support of Rutgers endure beyond their lifetime.

An endowment creates a lasting legacy at Rutgers. It also honors the person for whom the gift is named in perpetuity. Endowments ensure that opportunities are available for students and faculty year after year, generation after generation.

Cash gifts and pledges are only two ways to create an endowment. An endowment may also be established:

  • through a bequest in a will or living trust;
  • by naming Rutgers as a beneficiary of all or a portion of your retirement plan or life insurance policy;
  • through a charitable gift annuity; or
  • via a charitable remainder trust.

All of these methods yield tax savings; some offer lifetime payments while providing for Rutgers. These gifts continue to generate funding year after year, providing the university with a stable source of capital for generations.

To discuss endowments, gifts that endure, please contact us.

Gift Planning

For many alumni and friends of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, the easiest way to make a gift is in the form of a bequest. A bequest gift, which is designated in a will or other estate planning document, is often the largest donation an individual can make to an institution. It is by far the most commonly used type of planned gift arrangement.

Giving by bequest costs nothing now, yet it may give you a great deal of satisfaction to know that your future gift will live on. You can create your own legacy by leaving a specific asset, a specific amount, or a percentage of the remainder of your estate, after taking care of any family obligations. The lasting impact of bequests—both large and small—has played a very large role in helping to shape Rutgers today.

If you have already designated Rutgers as a beneficiary of your estate, please let us know so that we can welcome you as a member of the Colonel Henry Rutgers Society.

To discuss your gift planning options, including bequests, please contact Bryan Nemeth, Rutgers University Foundation Associate Director of Gift Planning, at bnemeth@winants.rutgers.edu or 848-932-2231.

NOTE: Tax and other financial information provided is not intended as tax or legal advice. We would be pleased to discuss, in confidence and without obligation, ways in which you may support the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and/or the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the potential financial outcomes of such support. We also suggest you consult your own tax and legal advisors regarding the applicability to your particular situation of the tax and legal concepts presented.

Payroll Deductions

Rutgers employees can make charitable contributions to the university by payroll deduction. To sign up, fill out this authorization form (PDF) or the online payroll deduction form.