Ways to Give

The University of Saint Francis has grown immensely since 1944 to an institution of more than 2,300 students. Learn more about the university.

Over 30 percent of the university’s alumni graduated in the last 15 years. Nearly 70 percent of the university’s alumni live in Indiana and over 30 percent still live within a 10-mile radius of downtown Fort Wayne. USF is a major force in the region and its impact is growing every year.

Nearly every USF student receives some form of financial support from the university and without this assistance, many students would not have the opportunity to obtain a higher education.

Here are some ways to give:


You may make a gift by credit card using our secure website. We accept Mastercard, Visa and Discover. Please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 260.399.8031 with any questions.


To make a gift or payment of a pledge, mail your check, payable to the University of Saint Francis, to:

University of Saint Francis
Office of Institutional Advancement
2701 Spring Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46808


To make a pledge to USF, please say “yes” to our student phonathon callers or call the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Restricted and Unrestricted Gifts

The university relies on both restricted and unrestricted gifts to fulfill its mission. Contact us to learn how you may best support USF while keeping with your own philanthropic goals.

Restricted gifts:

  • You identify some preference as to how the gift will be used (e.g., given to Campus Ministry or nursing program).
  • USF will ensure the funds are used for your intentions.
  • Other examples are restrictions to endowment, construction, research, library materials or equipment purchases.

Unrestricted gifts:

  • Indicates USF can use the gift where the greatest need is for the university.
  • Examples include, but are not limited to, scholarship support, help fund a building or renovation project, or to leverage a matching grant.

Corporations and Foundations

Corporations and foundations inquiring about donating to USF should contact Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Lynne McKenna Frazier at 260.399.8035.

Planned Gifts

If you are looking for a way to balance charitable giving with your retirement needs, your estate planning efforts or you are looking to give through a charitable gift annuity, consider contacting the Office of Institutional Advancement to make a planned gift.

Employee Matching Gifts

Matching gifts increase the value of your gift! If you or your spouse works for a company that matches employees’ charitable contributions, your gift could be doubled. Check with your human resources department to receive a matching gift form. Include the form with your gift to USF and we will do the rest.

Gifts of Stocks and Securities

In most cases, you can deduct full, fair-market value of long-term securities for tax purposes. You also avoid paying tax on the capital gain of your securities when contributing to USF.

Gifts of stocks or securities involve:

  • Publicly traded shares (e.g., traded on major exchanges and over the counter, as well as mutual funds).
  • Restricted or privately held stock, though more complex, are also possible.
  • Your gift of stock is valued on the day we receive it.

Gift of securities provide you with significant tax and financial benefits (e.g., bypassing capital gains taxes and providing a valuable income tax deduction).

Contact the Office of Institutional Advancement for additional assistance.

Gifts of Real Estate

A gift of real estate is a unique way to provide a lasting benefit to the university. Gifts of real estate can be satisfying, but they require careful planning. Any gift of real estate must be reviewed and approved through the USF’s real estate acceptance procedures, which requires a donor to provide detailed and specific information about the property. Contact the Office of Institutional Advancement to learn more.

Please Note:

Indiana taxpayers are allowed a credit of 50 percent of the contribution, $100 on a single or fiduciary return or $200 on a jointly filed return, whichever is less against their Indiana state adjusted gross income tax liability. For further information about this tax credit, contact the Indiana Department of Revenue, Taxpayer Services Division, 100 N. Senate Avenue IGCN 105, Indianapolis, IN, 46204-2253 or call 317.232.2240.