Ways to Give

Your gift makes a difference atWMed. There are many ways to give andsupportWMed. Whether an unrestricted gift, a contribution to an endowed scholarship or professorship, or namingWMedas a beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan, each gift allows us to fulfill our mission.

Unrestricted gifts provide funding for the medical school to address its greatest priorities at the time your gift is realized. Unrestricted funding helpsWMedcover unforeseen needs and invest in new opportunities, fueling further growth, and enabling innovation. As a private institution of higher education, charitable contributions made to the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine are tax-deductibleto the full extent of the law. You should consult your tax advisor or applicable federal and state income tax instructions.

We are dedicated to helping you find the gift method that will help you achieve your philanthropic goals. If you don’t find the information you need below, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Donations are Accepted Through the Following Methods:


By Phone

Please contact us at 269.337.4509.

By Mail

Please send your check payable to WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicineand indicate your area of interest on the memo line. Mail to: Gift Processing 1903 W. Michigan Avenue Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5403.

Ways to Give

  • Gifts of Cash and Pledges

    Your cash gifts toWMedare completely tax deductible, up to 50 percent of adjusted annual gross income. If the deduction exceeds that limit, the remaining deduction can be itemized for an additional five years. You may also make a pledge for gifts of $5,000 or greater, donated over a period of up to five years.

  • Endowments

    An endowment is a gift that lasts forever. With an endowment, your gift is invested, and every year the proceeds support the area you choose.

  • Planned Gifts

    Planned gifts take many forms and offer a variety of benefits to you and your family.A well-designed planned gift can yield meaningful financial benefits, including tax savings and enhanced gifts to pass on to your loved ones.The goal of planned giving is to fulfill your philanthropic wishes in coordination with your overall financial and estate planning.

    • Gifts by Will or Trust (Bequests): Bequests by friends, grateful patients, and alumni play an important role in ensuringWMed’sfinancial strength. We can provide you, or your advisors, with the proper bequest language to ensure that your gift accomplishes what you intend.Learn more about making a bequest to WMed by .
    • Gifts of Retirement Assets (Beneficiary Designations): You can easily designateWMedas a beneficiary of all or part of your 401(k), IRA, or another qualified plan. Simply obtain a Designation of Beneficiary Form from your retirement plan administrator and complete as directed. Because distributions from retirement plans may be subject to income tax, it is often a good idea to give these assets to charity and leave other assets to heirs.Learn more about designating WMed as a beneficiary by .
  • Employee Giving

    WMedemployees can set up a payroll deduction to conveniently give to their desired areas at the School of Medicine or donate to theUMakeWMedFund to ensure gift goes towardsWMed’sgreatest priorities.

  • Honorary, Memorial, or Tribute Gifts

    A contribution toWMedis 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.

  • Matching Gifts

    Many companies offer matching gift programs – which can double or triple the amount of your contribution – to encourage employees and their families to give to charitable organizations. Contact your human resources department to see if your company sponsors a matching gift program or click on the button below to use our Matching Gifts tool and see if your company will match your donation and to access the forms, guidelines, and instructions that you need to submit a matching gift.

  • IRA Contributions

    IRA contributions are a tax-smart way to make an impact at WMed. Donors aged 70 ½ and older may use their IRA to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to make a tax-free gift to the School of Medicine, and may satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution (Rϲʿֱ). If you are not required to take an Rϲʿֱ but no longer itemize your deductions, then a QCD may be right for you as well. Learn more about making a gift to WMed using a QCD by.

    How Do You Qualify?

    If you are age 70½ or older, you can transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to any qualified public charity, including WMed, free of federal income tax.

  • Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds

    You can make gifts or pledges with appreciated securities also to your benefit, as the full market value of the gift can be deducted if the securities were owned for more than 12 months. Securities used in this manner avoid capital gains taxes, and the gift is entirely deductible for federal tax purposes for up to 30 percent of the year’s adjusted gross income. Learn more about making a gift to WMed using appreciated securities by .

  • Volunteer

    Personal outreach is one of the most effective fundraising methods, which makes you one of the most important people in guiding others through the decision to make a gift toWMed.