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How to Give

Texas State University students have the potential to become the next generation of leaders, making our charge to guide them a high priority. Your giving spirit makes an impact far into the future. We greatly appreciate your donation and commitment to help foster excellence at Texas State. If you have any questions about how to make a gift, please contact University Advancement at 512.245.2396.

You can show your support for Texas State by making your contribution in several ways.

Give By Mail

To make a gift, please fill out a Gift Form. Make your check payable* to Texas State and send to:

Texas State University Advancement Services
601 University Drive
JC Kellam, Room 480
San Marcos, TX 78666

Be sure to include a note or write in the memo line the college, department or program you wish to support.

*If you are making a gift to the business school, make your check payable to the McCoy College of Business Foundation.

Give Online

Private gifts have a tremendous impact on all facets of the university. Scholarship support for our students is a top priority, and there are many ways to give back to Texas State. You may give online to an established scholarship, program or fund. Just designate your preference or use the search tool to determine where to direct your contribution. We are deeply grateful for your support and generosity.

Recurring Credit Card

Automatic gifts can be set up monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually via Mastercard, Visa, American Express or Discover Card. Once donation specifics have been set, the gift amount will be applied to your credit card, according to your instructions, between the 1st and 7th day of the installment period.

Complete this authorization form for automatic credit card gifts and return it to the Advancement Services office. You may choose to cancel this service at any time by calling Advancement Services at 512-245-3022.

Types of Gifts


Gifts-in-kind are items of intellectual property or tangible, personal property such as artwork, musical instruments, books, computer equipment, or furniture. They are donated for related education purposes and should be accompanied by a gift-in-kind donation form, which includes the fair market value as determined by the donor. The IRS and the university require that gifts valued at more than $5,000 also have a recent independent appraisal provided by the donor. Acceptance of personal property and subsequent tax deductions depend on the type of item that is contributed and whether the university has an appropriate use for it. For additional information on gifts of personal property or gifts-in-kind, contact any development officer or the Development Office at 512.245.2396.

Memorial & Honorary Gifts

Honoring the memory of a loved one or recognizing the accomplishments of a friend, colleague or family member through a gift to Texas State University is an especially touching and thoughtful way to donate. “In Memory” and “In Honor” gifts may be designated to any college, department, fund or left for general use through the President’s Excellence Fund.

When making a gift in memory or in honor of an individual, please provide the following:

  • Area in which the gift is to be designated
  • Name of individual to be memorialized or honored (Include class year if applicable.)
  • Name and address to which any notification of gift should be sent

Gifts can be mailed to:

Texas State University
Advancement Services
601 University Drive
JC Kellam, Room 480
San Marcos, TX 78666

Matching Gifts

Many employers have matching gift programs and will match your contributions to Texas State University. The impact of your support to Texas State may be doubled or possibly tripled. Many companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

Please contact your company’s Human Resources or Benefits office. For information on matching gift companies, contact Texas State’s Advancement Services office at 512-245-3022 or visit our Matching gifts page to find out if your company has a matching gift policy.

Matching gift opportunities also are available for gifts made to the McCoy College of Business Administration through the McCoy College of Business Administration Foundation. Scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty development, student development and program development endowments are all eligible for matching funds. To learn more about the McCoy Foundation Matching Gift Program, contact Ryan Wallace at 512.245.4116 or, or visit

Planned Giving

Planned gifts, such as bequests, charitable trusts or other estate gifts, can create opportunities for purposes such as scholarship endowments, research activities, academic programs and other uses. To find out how you can provide for your family and support Texas State, visit our Planned Giving website.


Establishing a pledge is another way to make a commitment to Texas State University. By combining gifts into a multiyear pledge, donors have a greater impact on the future of the university and its faculty and students.

To make a pledge a donor determines the total pledge amount, designation of the gift, the period of time over which the pledge will be paid, and the frequency of payments. Texas State will send pledge reminders as each payment is due.

Please fill out a pledge form and mail it to:

Texas State University
Advancement Services
601 University Drive
JC Kellam, Room 480
San Marcos, TX 78666

Real Estate

Texas State University accepts gifts of real property. Real estate gifts are defined as land, its natural resources such as timber, coal, oil, gas and other minerals, and any permanent buildings on the property.

Examples of real property include:

  • Residential property
  • Investment property, such as apartments, office buildings and shopping centers
  • Commercial property, such as industrial parks, hotels and recreational parks
  • Agricultural land used for the production of livestock or crops

Real estate gifts result in possible charitable income tax deductions, a reduction in estate taxes and a reduction of the capital gains tax. Significant income and estate tax savings can be realized if you make a gift of your home and continue to live there through your lifetime and that of your spouse.

Securities/Stock Gifts

Securities are among the most popular assets used for giving. Securities include publicly traded stocks, mutual funds, Treasury notes and closely held stock. Gifts of closely held stock must first be reviewed and accepted by the university. The value of your gift depends upon the market price of the assets when they are given.

Benefits of Making Gifts of Appreciated Securities

  • You avoid capital gains tax. Any gain is taxable if you sell stock or mutual fund shares yourself, but it is not taxable if you transfer ownership to the university.
  • Your charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes is based on the marketable securities value. Marketable securities value is based upon the average of the high and low quoted selling prices on the date the donor relinquishes control of the assets in favor of the university.
  • You receive gift credit for the market value of the shares but the cost to you is only your original purchase price.

There can be significant tax advantages for donors choosing to transfer highly appreciated (long-term) securities to the university as a charitable gift. As with any decision involving your assets, we urge you to seek the advice of your professional counsel when considering a gift to Texas State University.