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    Ways to Give

    When you make a gift to Roger Williams University, you are investing in the future of one of the fastest growing universities in the northeast. The University has experienced great achievements through the generous support of our alumni, parents, corporations, foundations, faculty, staff and friends. 

    There are many ways to make a gift in support of Roger Williams University, including; unrestricted annual giving, restricted gifts in support of institutional priorities, planned gifts and grants and awards made through philanthropic corporations and foundations.

    Your gift – at any level – is essential to the sustainable advancement of the institution and is truly appreciated. Every gift has a significant and positive impact on the individual learning experience of today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders.

    Types of Gifts

    There are many options available to you, and we welcome the opportunity to help you identify the best option.

    Memorial Gifts

    A gift in remembrance of a loved one or friend, or to honor a professor, family member or special person during his or her lifetime, is a meaningful way to support Roger Williams University as well as a wonderful way to create a distinctive tribute.

    If you are interested in discussing a commemorative naming opportunity at Roger Williams University – and one that would create a lasting tribute – contact:

    The Office of Institutional Advancement
    (401) 254-5383

    Outright Gifts & Pledges

    When giving an outright gift or pledge, your donation can be attributed in the following ways:

    Cash Gifts
    The simplest and easiest gifts you can make — can be made through credit/debit card transactions, outright cash, or personal checks, cashier’s checks or money orders made payable to Roger Williams University. Wire transfers can also be arranged through the Office of Institutional Advancement.

    Gifts of Securities
    Gifts of appreciated securities, stocks and bonds may provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to RWU before they are sold. If you have held your securities for more than one year, you may find that your gift will provide a twofold tax benefit, creating an income-tax deduction as well as helping avoid the capital-gains tax that would have been due on their sale.

    Gifts of Real Estate
    Gifts of real estate, including personal residences, second homes, income property and vacant land offer a wide variety of tax and other benefits.

    Gifts of Personal Property
    Gifts of personal property, including works of art, valuable collectibles, rare books, vehicles or boats in good working condition, and tangible items of demonstrable value, may enable you to make a significant gift to support the University with tax benefits to you. Gifts of intangible personal property, such as copyrights, patents and mineral rights, can also generate income for the program of your choice on a continuing basis.

    Endowment Gifts
    Endowment gifts are especially appreciated as the interest generated from an endowment continues to provide for the scholarship or program it is directed towards. A minimum of $25,000 is needed to create a fully endowed fund; however, the endowment can be built over a period of time.

    Matching Gifts
    Matching Gifts are an easy way to double or even triple your contribution to RWU.  Companies that have a matching gift program will match a percentage of your contribution to the philanthropy of your choice. Ask your company’s human resource department if they have this program, and if so, fill out their form and send it to the RWU Office of Institutional Advancement with your own personal gift.

    To find out if your company participates in a Matching Gifts program visit