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Giving FAQs

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What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund provides crucial day-to-day operating support for the Honors College’s programs. Annual gifts from friends and alumni help bridge the gap between state support and the true cost of educating students.

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.

What kind of assets may I give?

The University of Houston 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.

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.

If I establish a scholarship, will I be involved in the selection of student recipients?

The Honors College maintains a scholarship committee that reviews applications and makes the final determination. Donors do not participate in the final selection process. However, donors are encouraged to meet with scholarship recipients through regular awards luncheons and other planned activities.

How are endowment gifts managed?

Endowment gifts to the Honors College and 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. Endowments may also be established at the University of Houston Foundation.

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.