Ways to Give

Every Gift Counts

There are many ways to make an impact at the University of Chicago.
From gifts of cash to matching gifts to planned gifts, and more, gifts of all sizes make a difference in our mission to advance research, education, and patient care. Read below for more details, and if you would like to learn more, please contact a gift officer.

To make a gift of cash to University of Chicago Medicine, you may use any of the following methods.

  • Online, via our secure site.
  • By phone, using a credit card, please call 1.888.UCHICAGO (1.888.824.4224).
  • Mail a check payable to The University of Chicago and send to:

    The University of Chicago
    Gift Administration & Business Data
    5235 South Harper Court, Suite 450
    Chicago, IL 60615

Cash gifts are deductible for federal income tax purposes up to a limit of 50 percent of your adjusted gross income if you itemize deductions. To the extent your cash gifts in a single year exceed this limit, you may carry over the excess for up to five additional years.

Cash gifts may be pledged for payment over a period of years. To be officially recorded, pledges should be made either in writing or by means of a pledge card.

Thousands of companies and corporate foundations match the gifts of their employees to nonprofit institutions such as the University of Chicago Medicine. Gifts of securities, in addition to gifts of cash, are also often eligible for matching. Matching gift benefits can double, sometimes triple, the value of your gift, while supporting the same program(s) that you support, and are credited to you. Retirees, employee spouses, board members, and officers are included in some programs, so inquire about eligibility.

If your company has a matching gift program, request a matching gift form from your employer and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest.

You may make your contribution online. However, you will need to mail your matching gift form to:

The University of Chicago
Gift Administration & Business Data
5235 South Harper Court, Suite 450
Chicago, IL 60615

Fax: 773.702.9675

A contribution to the University of Chicago Medicine and the Division of the Biological Sciences is a wonderful way to recognize a physician or nurse who had an impact on your family; to honor a friend, family member, or special occasion; or remember a loved one. Your gift ensures that we may continue to enrich lives by providing compassionate and expert clinical care, advancing leading-edge research, and training tomorrow’s leaders and innovators in science and medicine.

Make your gift online here. If you would like us to notify anyone of your gift, please provide contact information for them in the box provided in our giving form.

Connect to learn more: Contact Meredith Howell at 773.834.7577 or mrh2@bsd.uchicago.edu

Bequests: The most common way to give to the University is through a bequest, which is a gift from your will or living trust. A bequest can be made with cash, securities, real estate, or other assets and be in the form of a dollar amount, specific asset, percentage of your estate, or residual balance. You can decide how your gift benefits the University. Learn more >>

Gifts of real estate: A gift of real estate can be a convenient way to leverage an illiquid asset, reduce the size and complexity of your estate, and enjoy a charitable deduction based on the current fair market value of your property. Learn more >>

Charitable lead trusts: A charitable lead trust works by first using the assets contributed to the trust to make annual payments to the University for a term of years (usually 10 to 20). At the end of the term, the assets remaining in the trust pass to the non-charitable beneficiaries, without passing through the donor’s estate. A charitable lead trust allows a donor to make a significant gift to the University, minimize his or her taxable estate, and pass assets on to non-charitable beneficiaries, such as children. Learn more >>

Life income gifts: With life income gifts, the University invests the proceeds of your donated assets—whether in the form of cash, securities, or other appreciated property—and pays you, or designated beneficiaries, an income for life or for a specified term of years. Income-producing planned gifts can enhance your estate by enabling you to increase your income, diversify your holdings, reduce your taxes, and avoid the cost of probate. Learn more >>

More about planned giving >>

Connect to learn more: Contact us at givetomedicine@bsd.uchicago.edu

To transfer securities to the University electronically, i.e., via the Depository Trust Company (DTC), provide the DTC transfer instructions to your broker. The securities will be transferred directly into the University’s gift account at its custodian bank. The DTC transfer instructions are as follows:

Stock Instructions:

The Northern Trust Company/Chicago

DTC: #2669
Agent bank: #20290
For further credit to: The University of Chicago
Account number: 26-80803
Please include: Donor’s name, address, name of security, number of shares, fund name/purpose

Mutual Fund transfer instructions:

Receiving Client Trust Account#: 26-80803
Northern Trust DTCC participant ID: #2669
NT Customer Service Contact: Marc Pikowski
mjp17@ntrs.com |312-557-4058
Please include: Donor’s name, address, name of security, number of shares, fund name/purpose

Wire Transfer instructions:

The Northern Trust Company
Routing number: 071000152
Swift code: CNORUS44
For further credit to: The University of Chicago
Account number: 2725703
Please include whom the gift is from and the purpose of the gift.

Join the Hope & Healing Network and help us raise money to support groundbreaking research and world-class patient care at the University of Chicago Medicine and the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

We are dedicated to bringing hope and healing to people in Chicago and throughout the world through Do-It-Yourself (DIY) fundraising. Start your fundraising journey by hosting an event, crowdfunding, dedicating a life event, or honoring a loved one, and help us stay at the forefront of care and discovery.

Learn more and sign up

Comer Children’s Events Each year, the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital hosts the RBC Race for the Kids at Comer Children’s and the Bright Night Benefit to raise funds in support of groundbreaking pediatric research and patient care. Your sponsorship will support and enhance Comer Children’s position at the forefront of medicine and provide a better future for children in Chicago and throughout the world.

Sponsor the RBC Race for the Kids at Comer Children’s >>

Connect to learn more: Contact Michelle Lerch at lerchm@bsd.uchicago.edu

Q: Is my gift tax deductible?

A: Yes, all gifts to the University of Chicago are tax deductible. The University’s EIN number is 36-2177139.

Is the University of Chicago Medicine tax-exempt?

A: The University of Chicago Medicine is part of the larger University of Chicago, a not-for-profit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. More information can be found here.

Q: I would like to donate my body and/or brain to the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. What steps should I take?

A: All body donations for medical schools in Illinois go through the Anatomical Gift Association (AGA) of Illinois. Here is their contact information:

Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois
1540 S. Ashland Ave., Suite 104
Chicago, IL 60608

You will need to fill out a form for the AGA and have two non-family members sign it. You should also indicate on the form that you would like your body to go to the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. While they cannot guarantee that it will go to Pritzker, this is the procedure they recommend.

Q: How do I make a stock wire transfer to the University?

A: Please see “Stock/Annuities” above.

Q: Do email messages I submit through your site get answered?

A: Absolutely. Any time a message comes through our site, we try to respond in a timely manner.

Have questions about making a gift? Contact a Gift Officer at: 773-702-6565 or givetomedicine@bsd.uchicago.edu

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