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Ways to give

When you give to the University of Minnesota Extension, you're helping to build a stronger Minnesota. You can give through a number of options, and we can help tailor a giving plan that matches your personal and financial goals. 

Make a gift by check or online

Gifts of any size have an immediate impact. Your generosity helps us meet our most urgent needs and carry out our mission on a daily basis.

We make it quick and easy to support your favorite Extension program or project.

Make a secure gift online

Mail a gift form with credit card information or check

Download the appropriate form for your donation and mail it to the address on the form. You can include memorial or tribute information on the form as well.

Memorials and tributes

There are many ways to give a tribute gift to Extension in honor of a friend or loved one. The easiest way is to make a gift online, and fill out the "Make this gift in honor or memory of someone" section.

If you're unable to give online, send your memorial gift by mail and include tribute information on your gift form. We'll notify the family of your gift if you choose.

Annual giving

The Extension Opportunity Fund (our annual fund) provides critical support that allows Extension to address urgent needs and take advantage of unique opportunities as they arise. The Annual Fund provides the flexibility to support innovative new programs while sustaining our day-to-day operations.

You may also make a recurring (sustaining) gift by completing a simple form (PDF).

Faculty and staff giving

Every day, University and Extension employees see firsthand how gifts are put to use. Faculty and staff giving creates opportunities for Extension teaching and learning, research, and outreach. You can also make a gift through payroll deduction.

IRA charitable rollover

If you are age 70½ or older, you and your spouse can each direct up to $100,000 from your IRA to charity without paying federal income tax on the distribution.


Appreciated securities

Gifts of appreciated securities such as stocks, bonds, and mutual fund shares can be a tax-advantaged way to provide support for Extension.


Real estate and other property

Make a gift of real estate, tangible personal property, or commodities. Contact the development team for more information.


Planned gifts

The University of Minnesota Foundation has information on many of the planned, deferred, and estate gift options for supporting the University of Minnesota Extension.

We encourage you to tell us about your gift by completing our estate gift form. By sharing your gift, you ensure that Extension understands how you’d like your gift to be used.

Please note: this document does not create a binding commitment. Any information you provide about your gift will be kept confidential.


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Please note

This information is provided as an educational service to our donors. It is not legal or tax advice. Please consult a professional advisor on how any charitable gift may affect your own tax situation.

You'll find more detailed information on all methods listed, and additional ways to give, on the University of Minnesota Foundation's website. Gifts to Extension and Minnesota 4-H are received by the University of  Minnesota Foundation and they will issue your receipt.

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