Giving to USF

Francis Annual Fund

Through the Francis Annual Fund, USF asks our alumni, friends and parents to support the university through an annual gift. Our direct mail & phonathon campaigns help USF secure the resources needed to fund the university’s most immediate needs and provide financial aid and scholarships for students from Joliet and around the world.


Call (800) 822-8280 or make an online donation by clicking here.


Matching Gifts

Imagine doubling or even tripling your gifts to St. Francis by simply taking a walk down to the Human Resources office at work. Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations — sometimes matching 100 percent or two or three times the value of your contribution.

Matching gifts are a great way to make the dollars you contribute to USF work harder and go further. And it’s so easy. Just let us know when you make your gift that your company provides matching funds. In many cases, we can take care the rest.

If you have any questions about matching gifts, or you would like to set up a matching program at your company, please give us a call at (815) 740-5045.


Planned Giving

Estate planning enables donors to leave a legacy at USF and support future generations of students. Planned gifts also allow our alumni and friends to fulfill their financial and estate planning goals.

Planned Giving is an opportunity for charitable giving in circumstances that may not otherwise allow a donor to make a gift to the University of St. Francis (USF). How is this possible? By taking advantage of incentives the IRS provides in formulating a plan that delivers benefits to you the donor, your heirs in certain instances and USF. Planned giving offers great tax savings and can provide an income stream for life.

Common Types of Planned Gifts

  • Estate Planning/Will – Bequest
  • Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA)
  • Appreciated Assets (Securities, Stock, etc.)
  • Retirement Assets
  • Charitable Remainder Trust(s) (CRT)
  • Charitable Lead Trust (CLT)
  • Life Estate Reserved (Gift of Remainder)
  • Bargain Sale
  • Real Estate
  • Personal Property
  • Life Insurance


Through thoughtful planning, we can assist you in your personal charitable aspirations that garner favorable financial effects for all parties involved. If you are interested in considering a gift planning option, please do not hesitate to contact the Advancement Office at (800) 822-8280. We would be happy to discuss with you the tools available to help plan for financial security and charitable giving. We can help in tailoring a plan that is right for you!