The most frequent method used to make a gift to the University is a check. Checks should be made payable to Avila University and mailed to the following address:
Feel free to utilize the memo line to designate a specific activity or program where the gift should be directed. A receipt will be generated for the donor based on the date of delivery, either by hand or by mail, to the University.
Attn: University Advancement
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145
The University accepts Visa and MasterCard.
Call 816-501-2430 to make the gift by phone. Please have your card number and expiration date ready, along with a daytime phone number where you may be reached.
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Gifts of securities often confer significant tax benefits to the donor. A contribution of appreciated securities, which have been held by the donor for more than one year, is generally deductible at market value, regardless of the cost basis. In addition, the tax on the capital gains is avoided through such a gift.
A gift of securities which are regularly traded on one of the public stock exchanges can be coordinated at any time. The value of the gift will be determined by taking the average of the highest and lowest selling prices quoted for the security on the day of the gift.
When making a gift of publicly-traded securities to Avila, please contact the Office of University Advancement. Electronic and other forms of transfer can be arranged.
With the approval of the University, shares of securities in entities that have been organized for profit-making purposes but are not publicly traded may also be accepted. Gifts of closely-held securities of $10,000 or less may be valued at the per-share cash purchase price of the most recent transaction. Gifts exceeding $10,000 will be reported at the fair market value as determined by a qualified independent appraiser as required by the IRS.
The University is also able to accept gifts of shares in mutual funds. Please contact the Office of University Advancement for all the details.
A gift of any type of security shall be receipted on the date of delivery (for hand or mail deliveries) or day of transfer (for electronic).
The Benefits of Donating Appreciated Securities
|Gift of Securities (fair market value)
|Original Investment (cost basis)
|Capital Gains (subject to tax)
|Federal Income Tax Savings*
|Capital Gains Tax Savings**
|TOTAL TAX SAVINGS
* Assumes a federal tax bracket of 28%. Actual tax savings may vary depending on the donor’s federal and state tax bracket.
** $6,000 X 15% federal tax rate
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The University may accept gifts of real estate after careful review and assessment. Like gifts of securities, a gift of appreciated real estate may also result in additional income tax and capital gains tax savings for the donor.
A gift of real estate with a fair market value greater than $5,000 will only be accepted with a qualified independent appraisal, submitted by the donor. A Phase I environmental impact study may also be needed, depending on the nature of the property.
Because of the importance of a gift of real estate, please contact the Office of University Advancement for more information.
Tangible Personal Property
The University may accept gifts of tangible personal property (collections, automobiles, machinery, etc.) after careful consideration. A gift of tangible personal property believed to have a value of more than $5,000 cannot be accepted without a qualified independent appraisal as required by IRS. Gifts under $5,000 may be reported at the value declared by the donor or placed on them by a qualified expert.
Gifts of tangible personal property which serve the needs, purposes and priorities of the University are especially encouraged. Please contact the Office of University Advancement for more information on arranging a gift of tangible personal property.
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