Ways to Give


You can make a financial gift to the University of Iowa, often while realizing tax benefits. No matter how—or how much—you give, you are supporting student scholarships, breakthrough discoveries, world-class health care, and more.

To make a gift, visit givetoiowa.org. For more information, call 800-648-6973 or email uiowa@foriowa.org.

Online Giving

Make a gift to your University of Iowa area of choice securely and conveniently online.

Matching Gifts

Multiply your generosity through your employer's matching gift program. Use the search to learn if your company will match gifts made to the University of Iowa.

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If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift or after you make an online gift.

Appreciated Securities

Gifts of marketable stock or mutual fund shares that have appreciated (increased in value) can immediately impact your favorite university program and also create an instant income tax deduction for you, based on the assets’ current value.

It is important that you notify the University of Iowa Center for Advancement before making a gift of securities. Without this notice, gifts of securities may be transferred with the identity of the donor unknown, even when you or your financial advisor includes that information in the transfer.

For Gifts of

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  • Mutual Fund Shares
  • Paper Certificate

Please contact Laura Elliott, special gifts administrator, at 319-467-3469 or laura.elliott@foriowa.org. If you prefer, you can also complete these forms as applicable:

Planned Giving

Planned giving can maximize your support for the University of Iowa while helping you meet your philanthropic and financial goals.

For more information, contact Susan Hagan at 319-467-3696 or susan.hagan@foriowa.org.

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Corporate partners and foundations play a vital role at the University of Iowa—from developing a pipeline for hiring talented students and alumni, to supporting cutting-edge research and programs, to working as partners in creating learning opportunities.

For more information, contact Kelly Drowne at 319-467-3615 or kelly.drowne@foriowa.org.

Fundraising Events

If you’re interested in hosting a fundraising event for the University of Iowa, no effort is too small. Events of all sizes help change lives at Iowa. To host a benefit for University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, review its guidelines for third-party events. For information about events that support other areas of campus, please contact Dusti Cermak at 319-467-3729 or email dusti.cermak@foriowa.org.

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Hear audio recordings of Fannie Lou Hamer, Stokely Carmichael, and other pioneering activists from the Special Collections archive. Editor's note: In Old Gold, University Archivist David McCartney looks back at the UI's history and tradition through materials housed in University Archives, Department of Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries. Photo from Eric Morton Civil Rights Papers. Eric Morton in Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. Countless stories reside in the archives' collections. Sometimes the stories, significant and timeless, take on even more urgency in the wake of tragic events. The Eric Morton Civil Rights Papers, for example, tell stories from nearly 60 years ago that resonate strongly today following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died May 25 while in the custody of Minneapolis police. Old Gold first noted Eric Morton's papers in this column in 2018, three years after they arrived in the UI Libraries' Department of Special Collections. Since then, newly unearthed sound recordings in the collection reveal human experiences that all of us must hear and understand. First, though, some background about this intriguing man. During Freedom Summer in the South in 1964, Eric Morton had an important job to do. As materials coordinator for the voter registration project in Mississippi, he oversaw delivery of?information flyers, registration forms, and other materials?across the state, a risky and dangerous undertaking. At the time,?less than 10 percent of Mississippi's adult Black residents were registered to vote, and attempting to do so meant intimidation, physical threats, and even violence perpetrated by white?segregationists. An African American man from Detroit, Morton?(1934?2015)?knew racism all too well in the country that he served as an enlisted member of the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War in the early 1950s. He joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, in 1962, and for the next several years was on the front lines in the Deep South, participating in voter registration drives and other civil rights-related activity. His papers bring to us the exhilaration and pain that the long civil rights movement meant to those who fought bravely for rights that, by any measure, should never have been denied in the first place. One example is a letter Morton received from a family friend whom we know only as "Mrs. Roche," a letter written soon after Morton and UI student Steve Smith were detained by a posse near Canton, Mississippi, the night of July 15, 1964, while delivering materials to Greenwood,?Mississippi: Friday [July 17, 1964] Dear Eric, Please excuse this writing paper, but I am sure you will understand. My ears have been glued to the radio listening to news and when I heard of trucks being stopped and workers being arrested on such ridiculous trumped up charges, my fears for you mounted. Then when Kathleen called and told us of your misfortune, my fears became a reality. It just doesn't seem possible that such conditions could exist in a so-called civilized country. I hope and pray your work will become a reality very soon, not weeks, months, or years from now. Do be careful, cautious, take care of yourself. If you need anything, please let me know. I will try to do what I can. I realize you are very busy, but I would like to hear from you. Lovingly, Mrs. Roche? Along with Mrs. Roche's letter in the collection are spoken words?words on audio recording tape?that bring to life the pain and courage of those advocating for change. In 1963 and 1964, New York attorney Bob Zellner recorded a series of interviews with eight activists in Mississippi and Alabama on behalf of SNCC in an effort to document their experiences. After the SNCC national office in Atlanta closed in 1966, Morton rescued the recording tapes, keeping them in his possession for decades until donating them to the UI Libraries in 2015. Included are interviews with Fannie Lou Hamer, a sharecropper who founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and a young Stokely Carmichael, whose interview at age 22 may be the earliest known recording of him. Both recount the violence and threats they had recently experienced. The Hamer, Carmichael, and other interviews are now online. Old Gold was honored to meet Mr. Morton and receive his papers on behalf of the UI Libraries. That act of faith?entrusting one's papers to an institution?allows us to remember and reflect and?renew. Especially now. Read more University of Iowa history stories in our Old Gold archive.

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