Ways to Give

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Matching Gifts

Many companies will match your Golden Gopher Fund contribution at 2-to-1 or more, significantly increasing your gift and giving level. The process is as easy as: 1, 2, 3

Gifts of Stock

Giving appreciated stock and other securities is simple. Transfers can be as quick as a phone call and a written confirmation since our Foundation has accounts with most major brokerage firms. The gift value is fair market value on that day, and you pay no tax on capital gains. Please review the helpful forms below for more info.

For questions about Gifts of Stock, please contact the Golden Gopher Fund at (612) 626-4653 (GOLD) or ggf@umn.edu.

Planned Gifts

Planned giving can offer financial flexibility in meeting your personal and charitable goals. Planned gifts can be made through your will, trust or a beneficiary designation of retirement plan or other assets. Some planned gifts can provide you or others with lifetime income.

To explore gift options, contact the Golden Gopher Fund at (612) 626-4653 (GOLD) or ggf@umn.edu.

IRA Charitable Rollover

Individuals who are age 70½ or older can make gifts of up to $100,000 directly from their IRA account to one or more qualified charities, without paying federal income tax on the withdrawal.

Donors who have an IRA and are fulfilling an existing pledge, or wish to make an outright gift to benefit Gopher Athletics, may want to make a qualified charitable distribution.

You cannot receive goods or services, or a personal benefit (such as tickets for events) in return for the gift.

  • Donors must be age 70½ or older at the time the gift is made.
  • Only traditional IRAs are eligible.
  • Donors must request a direct transfer of funds from their plan administrator to a qualified public charity. It is important to not withdraw funds prior to a gift.
  • Gifts cannot be made to a private foundation or to a donor advised fund.
  • Gifts cannot be used to fund a gift annuity or charitable remainder trust.
  • Each donor may give up to $100,000 per year. For couples, each spouse can give up to $100,000.
  • Distributions can be used to satisfy the donor's required minimum distribution (RMD). The rollover allows for a charitable gift to fulfill the RMD without adding to tax liability.

To make a gift to Gopher Athletics from an IRA, donors should contact your IRA plan administrator and request a direct Qualified Charitable Distribution from their IRA account to the University of Minnesota Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, with Tax ID number 41-6042488, and have the check mailed to the following address:

Golden Gopher Fund
Bierman Field Athletic Building
516 15th Ave SE
Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Faculty & Staff Giving

Whether you've just started a job at the U or have been here many years, join your colleagues who take pride in supporting Gopher student-athletes through a faculty or staff gift, which may provide income and tax advantages.

You can give now through payroll deduction or later with a planned gift.

Payroll Deduction
Tax Information

Gifts to Gopher Athletics are 100% deductible charitable contributions. You will receive a gift receipt issued in the name of the payer of the gift. Scholarship seating contributions are no longer tax deductible. Supporters are encouraged to consult a tax adviser for more detailed information.

Online Giving

All Golden Gopher Fund supporters have a GopherSports.com Account and can make a gift online at any time. This is also the same account that is used for tickets purchases.

First-time visitors or current Golden Gopher Fund members having trouble logging in should contact the Golden Gopher Fund office for assistance.

Account Login
Corporate Giving

Corporate philanthropy with Gopher Athletics supports student-athletes in a variety of ways. Corporate engagement includes long and short term investments, donation of products and services, employee volunteerism, and career services engagement. To learn more about how your company can get involved with Gopher Athletics contact Gretchen Ambrosier at (612) 625-2933 or gambros@umn.edu.

Donor Advised Fund

How Can I support Gopher Athletics through a Donor Advised Fund?

Giving to the University of Minnesota and Gopher Athletics from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is simple! You can recommend a grant from your fund to the University of Minnesota Foundation by providing the following information to the sponsoring organization:

Legal Name: University of Minnesota Foundation
Federal Tax ID: 41-6042488
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486
Gift Designation: Name of Gopher Athletics' campaign, sport program, or fund where the grant should be directed

Each sponsoring organization has forms for recommending these grants, which you can access online or by contacting your DAF sponsoring organization. That organization will distribute the grant directly to the University of Minnesota Foundation to support Gopher Athletics.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us:

Phone: (612) 626-4653 (GOLD)

Email: ggf@umn.edu

Mailing Address:
Golden Gopher Fund
Bierman Field Athletic Building
516 15th Ave SE
Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN 55455

If you wish to mail in a check, please have it made out to the University of Minnesota.