Ways to Give to Clark
Whether by check, credit card, securities, real estate or personal property, your gift to Clark provides key support to students and faculty. Every gift counts, and we thank you!
Direct cash gifts are the most common form of giving and can be unrestricted or designated. Gifts through the Clark Fund can be allocated to Clark’s greatest needs, scholarship, the library, GSOM, IDCE or athletics. Gifts can also be restricted to a specific project, program or department. Cash gifts may be made outright or used to fund a life income vehicle; they are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
If you wish to mail your gift, please send a check made out to Clark University to:
Office of University Advancement
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Credit Card Gift/Pledge by Phone
Call (888) 257-5363 or (888) CLRKFND during business hours; we’ll process your gift securely. For security reasons, please do not leave your credit card information on voice mail or include it in an e-mail message. You can also make your gift online 24 hours a day.
Outright gifts of appreciated securities (stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares) are tax-deductible at full fair-market value if the donor has owned the asset for at least 12 months. To avoid capital gains taxes, you must provide the securities themselves, not the proceeds of their sale.
Gifts of closely held stock (usually stock in a family-owned business) also carry benefits for the donor. The stock must have been held for at least 12 months for you to claim a charitable deduction at full fair market value. If the deduction exceeds $10,000, a qualified appraisal is required for tax purposes.
Gifts of residences, including vacation homes and farms, allow the donor to take a tax deduction, avoid capital gains taxes, retain lifetime occupancy for herself or himself and/or another person—and provide support for Clark. To qualify for tax benefits, you must have owned the property for at least 12 months before giving it to Clark. The gift may be an entire piece of property or an undivided fractional interest in it. Each proposed gift of real estate is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If the university cannot use the property, it will be sold and the proceeds added to endowment. The owner must obtain a qualified appraisal for tax purposes.
If you are 70 and 6 months years of age or older, you can make a gift directly from your IRA to Clark University and it will count against your minimum required distribution.
Gifts of tangible personal property, such as art, jewelry, antiques, rare books, gold or silver, offer the donor an immediate tax deduction; the amount depends on whether the gift is related to the university's educational purpose.
Gifts related to Clark's educational purpose generate a tax deduction for the full market value of the object as determined by a qualified independent appraiser. Other gifts-in-kind do not offer the donor the same tax advantage but do benefit Clark through the proceeds from their sale.
More than 1,000 corporations, foundations and other organizations will match their employees' charitable contributions either dollar-for-dollar, or at a ratio of 2-to-1, 3-to-1 or even 4-to-1. See if your company will match your gift.
Clark University faculty and staff can sign up to have a gift deducted from their pay checks:
Faculty and Staff Payroll Deduction Form [PDF]
We look forward to speaking with you about making your gift to Clark University. Following is contact information for various types of giving.
The Clark Fund
Office of Alumni & Friends Engagement
122 Woodland Street
Worcester, MA 01610
508-793-7331 or 888-257-5363
The Clark Fund business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For Information or Assistance When Making Your Gift
Credit Card Pledge/Pledge by Phone
888-257-5363 Clark Fund Staff or 888-CLRKFND
Gift of Securities
Associate Director of Advacement Services
Life Income Gift or Estate Planning
Director of Planned Giving