Ways to give

How you choose to give to Saint Martin’s University is a personal choice, and there are many different ways to make an impact. Your gifts to the university demonstrate your belief in our mission and open doors to students who share your passion.

To discuss a way to give with our knowledgeable staff members, please contact us at advancement@stmartin.edu or 360-438-4366. 

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Outright gifts

Gifts made through cash, check and credit/debit cards are the most popular and convenient means of support for donors. They have the most immediate impact on the university and students. Gifts can be designated as unrestricted (The Fund for Saint Martin’s) or to whatever purpose you choose. 

Address to mail gifts: Saint Martin's University / Office of Institutional Advancement / 5000 Abbey Way SE / Lacey, WA 98503

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Annual giving

Annual giving impacts the lives of current and future Saints, and the faculty and staff who do amazing things every day. Your annual gift supports one or more areas across the University such as scholarships, departments, clubs and organizations, campus improvement, residential life and athletics. Thanks to thousands of generous alumni, families, students and friends of the University, many incredible minds have been impacted. 

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Donor-Advised Fund

A Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes. DAF’s such as The United Way, Washington State Employees’ Combined Fund Drive and World Vision provide a way to support multiple charitable causes with a single gift. Contact your Donor-Advised Fund of choice to learn how to designate gifts to Saint Martin’s.

More ways to give

A gift of cash or property made through a will or living trust leaves a lasting legacy to the designation of your choice. Saint Martin’s can be named as a beneficiary of an estate, as the recipient of a stated dollar sum or as a residual beneficiary. 

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Charitable gift annuities are life-income gifts. Donors may transfer assets now, receiving a charitable deduction for a portion of the transfer, and they, or a beneficiary, receive income for the rest of their life, or a fixed period of time. 

Charitable remainder trusts (CRTs) are tax-saving alternatives for people who want to make a substantial gift. CRTs are income plans that allow the donor to make a gift to Saint Martin’s, while retaining the interest income for their lifetime (or term of years), or for the lifetime of a named beneficiary. When the trust ends, the remaining assets pass to Saint Martin’s for the designation of the donor’s choice. 

Gifts-in-kind are non-monetary items of tangible personal property such as art, books, equipment, and other personal assets or materials that provide value to the University. To make an in-kind donation please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 360-438-4366. 

Life insurance can provide the opportunity to make a substantial gift. A policy that is no longer required for its original purpose may be transferred to Saint Martin’s. New or existing policies naming the University as beneficiary may be used as long-term planned gifts. 

Thousands of companies nationwide match their employees’ charitable contributions. Some even match retiree and spousal contributions. Learn if your company matches.

Real estate that has appreciated in value can be of great value as a gift to Saint Martin’s.

Stocks and bonds, or other forms of securities that have appreciated in value, offer our donors significant tax advantages. Gifted securities are tax-deductible at their market value on the date of the gift, and subject to charitable gift regulations. 

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Office of Institutional Advancement

The mission of the Office of Institutional Advancement is to promote Saint Martin’s University’s cause among its alumni, parents and friends; raise funds in support of Saint Martin’s University’s Benedictine educational mission and its priorities; and build strong relationships between Saint Martin’s and its various constituencies.

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