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Giving FAQs

We appreciate you remembering the University of Houston in your financial planning. Below is a list of answers to commonly asked questions. If you can't find an answer, be sure to contact us.

What is the UH Annual Fund?
The UH Annual Fund provides crucial day-to-day operating support for the University's colleges, programs, and departments. Annual gifts from friends and alumni help bridge the gap between state support and the true cost of educating students. See Annual Giving for more about this important giving opportunity.
How much of my gift is tax deductible?
That depends on the nature of your gift, but most gifts are at least partly deductible. If you receive any goods or services in return for your gift, such as auction items or tickets, the fair-market value of those items is not tax deductible.

Contributions to UH are subject to IRS Code sections 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) and 170(b)(1)(A)(v).

Can I make a gift in installments?
Yes, donors often pledge gifts to be paid over time. For example, a donor who makes a $1,000 pledge might choose to fulfill the commitment with two $500 payments over the course of a year, or a donor who pledges $25,000 might complete the commitment over five years. For more about pledging gifts, see Gifts of Cash.
What kind of assets may I give?
The university accepts a wide range of gifts, including cash, securities, real estate, art, jewelry, equipment, intellectual property, mineral rights, oil and gas interests, timber, cattle, and limited partnership interests. All gifts are subject to review by the University's Gift Acceptance Committee. More about giving property.
How does one establish an endowed scholarship?
Scholarships remain one of the most gratifying giving opportunities for our donors. A scholarship for one student can be fully endowed with a gift of $25,000 or more. A $140,000 endowment will provide a scholarship for living expenses, tuition, books, personal costs, and transportation. More about endowed gifts.
If I establish a scholarship, will I be involved in the selection of student recipients?
Each college at the University of Houston maintains a scholarship committee that reviews applications and makes the final determination. Donors do not participate in the final selection process. However, the University of Houston encourages donors to meet with scholarship recipients through regular awards luncheons and other planned activities.
How are endowment gifts managed?
Endowment gifts to the University of Houston System are placed in the University of Houston System Endowment Fund for investment and oversight purposes. The UHS Board of Regents has adopted the broad objective of investing endowment assets to preserve both their real value and the long-range purchasing power of endowment income. The board seeks superior investment returns through a diversified, professionally managed portfolio that minimize risks.
What are my rights as a donor?
Your rights as a University of Houston donor are protected by UH's Donor Bill of Rights Among those rights are respectful treatment and safe handling of your personal information.