Gifts That Make an Impact Now

If you would like to make a big difference for CMU students today, consider the giving options below — many of which have financial and personal benefits to you.

Recommend a grant now from your donor-advised fund

You can now initiate a grant recommendation from your donor-advised fund, or DAF, using the link below. Simply start typing in your fund provider name and the system will prompt you through the process.

Memorial or Tribute Gift

When you give a memorial or tribute gift for CMU to honor someone special, you’re expressing your love, admiration, and gratitude in one of the most meaningful ways there is. Your gift will honor your loved one, create a lasting tribute, and change the lives of students.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities
You can use stocks, bonds, and mutual funds that have appreciated in value to support our shared vision. You may receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full market value of the stock (up to a maximum of 30% of your adjusted gross income) and avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the value of the stock.
Matching Gift Opportunities

Would you like to maximize the impact of your giving and encourage other supporters to mobilize on behalf of CMU? Consider sponsoring a matching gift challenge. Donate a pool of funds to CMU, from which we will match any donation made within a given period of time. In this way, you can double the impact of your giving.

Qualified Charitable Distribution

You can transfer funds from your IRA directly to CMU. This is an effective way to have an immediate impact and ensure our work to educate the leaders of tomorrow. Here’s how it works:

  • You must be 70 ½ or older.
  • An individual may transfer up to a total of $100,000 per year and a married couple may give up to $200,000.
  • An individual may take a one-time QCD up to $50,000 to fund a charitable gift annuity (CGA) or charitable remainder trust (CRT).
  • Your gift must be transferred directly from the IRA account to CMU.
  • Your gift is a transfer of funds from your IRA to CMU so it does not create taxable income for you and is not considered a charitable tax deduction.
  • If you are 73 and older, the transfer of funds counts towards your annual Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA.

LEARN MORE ABOUT QUALIFIED CHARITABLE DISTRIBUTIONSIf you’re interested in this popular way to support CMU, download a sample letter for your IRA administrator here.

The Impact of Your Giving


could establish a Named Research Fund

Imagine helping CMU students and faculty find habitable planets, discover new solutions for climate change or develop innovative treatments for serious diseases.


could fund a scholarship

for a student like Christoper Bracewell, whose scholarship enabled him to continue his education at CMU and work towards his career goals.


could create a Named Annual Faculty Development Award

Support for faculty research ultimately benefits students, who share in the knowledge that their professor acquires through research.

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