Ways to Give

Donate Cash

Cash gifts include gifts made with your credit card, checks, drafts and money orders. If your gift is mailed to UWS before the end of the calendar year and you itemize deductions on your taxes, you’re eligible for an income tax deduction for that year.

If you wish to direct your support to a particular fund or initiative, or if you wish your gift to honor or memorialize someone, please include these instructions with your gift.

Credit Card

If you’re ready to give with your credit card, click here to donate online or call Kelli Rule, development officer at 503-847-2556 to donate over the phone.

Check or Money Order

To give by check or money order, please make the donation out to University of Western States and mail your gift to:

University of Western States
Attn: University Relations
2900 NE 132nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97230

Electronic Transfer

To electronically transfer cash to University of Western States, contact Lisa Lopez, chief business officer at 503-251-5703 or llopez@uws.edu.

Donate Personal Property

UWS welcomes in-kind donations and gifts of personal property. However, some guidelines exist. Click each category to learn more.

In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations to the university may include equipment, books, anatomical models, permanent fixtures, professional services, artwork – the sky is the limit! All items however, must be approved by the department that will be using the gift. For example, the university librarian approves gifts of books; the dean of chiropractic approves gifts of adjusting tables, etc.

To get started, contact Kelli Rule, development officer at 503-847-2556 or giving@uws.edu.

Vehicle Donations

We are proud to accept vehicle donations in partnership with the non-profit Volunteers of America (VOA) Oregon. VOA Oregon handles the logistics of your donation and will walk you through the paperwork. For this service, VOA will receive 40 percent of the net proceeds of the at-auction purchase price of your vehicle, UWS receives 60 percent. One-hundred percent of the value is tax-deductible to you.

Start the process by visiting www.charity-connections.org and choosing University of Western States from the partner’s list. If you have questions, you may contact Ryan Foltz, vehicle donation manager at VOA Oregon at 503-239-7944. For more information view these FAQs.

Since 1896, VOA Oregon has provided a range of supportive and empowering services to our area’s most vulnerable populations – and works with them to rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Learn more at www.voaor.org

Real Estate

Like most other charitable gifts, real estate gifts are tax deductible – and that’s just the beginning. Through various ways of managing property and arranging for its distribution to family and others, you can minimize taxes and dilemmas for your heirs. You may also be able to arrange supplemental income for retirement as part of your gift, or give a home while you continue to live in it.

If you’re ready to give, or if you have questions, please contact your tax or legal professional and then contact Kelli Rule, development officer at 503-847-2556 or giving@uws.edu.

Donate Stocks and Bonds

The donation of stocks and bonds are an effective way for our donors to support our university and students. Please contact us by phone at 503-847-2556 or email about electronically transmitting shares from your brokerage account to our account – an easy way to make an important gift.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts include life income plans (annuities and remainder trusts) as well as lead trusts, bequests, real estate, tangible personal property, closely held stock, life insurance and gifts of a remainder interest in a home. Each gift option offers various benefits. When you make a planned gift to UWS, your generosity will have an impact, perhaps immediately, and will grow far beyond your lifetime.

How will my gift be recognized?

  • A permanent legacy at UWS, in appropriate communications and on our Hampton Hall donor recognition wall.
  • Reports on the investment performance of gifts to UWS and highlights of the gift planning program.
  • Professional, personalized gift planning services and relationship management throughout your lifetime and beyond.
  • Invitations to annual planned giving luncheon with the university president.
  • The option to be an anonymous member if you do not want your membership to be publicized.

Do I need to inform UWS that we have named you in our will?

That is really up to you. If you decide to inform us of a gift you are leaving to us, this will allow us the opportunity to recognize you (if you like), include you and your family in a celebration and the gift can be included in our future planning.

Planned Giving Quick Facts

Fact: If every adult in America made a will and included a bequest of just $100, billions of dollars would flow to charitable causes every year!

Fact: The average age of someone who makes their first charitable bequest commitment is 45.

Fact: You can influence the future of evidence-informed chiropractic medicine and integrated health care today – even if you can’t give now. The guide to planned giving at UWS is coming soon!

For complete information about planned giving , contact Kelli Rule, development officer at 503-847-2556 or giving@uws.edu. We will also be happy to meet with you in person to discuss your wishes.

Refer a Student

Student referrals carry immeasurable benefits to our community and our legacy of excellence in health sciences education. Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a student at UWS? Submit a referral form on their behalf so we can recognize you both.


If you have any questions, contact Kelli Rule, development officer at krule@uws.edu or 503-847-2556.

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