Ways to Give

Support someone's dream—support a USF education!

Your philanthropy is essential to fulfilling USF’s education mission. Your contributions help USF maintain its high caliber of academic offerings, attract smart, hard-working students and provide them with much-needed financial aid. Your support helps make the dream of earning a USF degree a reality. #EveryGiftMatters

Click on each item below to learn more about the many ways to give.

All cash gifts qualify as an IRS charitable deduction. Gifts should be mailed to:

University of St. Francis
Institutional Advancement
500 Wilcox Street
Joliet, IL 60435


Saints will join together to make an impact on campus and in the world. Join in on the excitement and watch as you and your Saints community help shape the future in just one day! Every gift matters… and don’t forget to tell your story by sharing your #USFDayofGiving spirit on social media!

Learn more about the Day of Giving here.

Endowment support of scholarships or chairs is a great and lasting statement of your belief in a University of St. Francis education and our mission to prepare students for lives of leadership and service. Endowed gifts will exist in perpetuity to provide financial assistance and spiritual encouragement to future generations at the University of St. Francis. To learn more about establishing an endowed scholarship or chair, please contact Lisa Sampalis at 815-740-5065 or lsampalis@stfrancis.edu.

Mail gifts to:

University of St. Francis
Institutional Advancement
500 Wilcox Street
Joliet, IL 60435

Call 815-740-3748 to make a contribution by phone.

Please use our quick and convenient online form to make a gift today with a credit card. You can make a one time donation or sign up for a monthly, quarterly, twice yearly, or yearly recurring gift.

Giving stocks and other securities may actually offer better tax benefits than a gift of cash to USF. If you are interested in giving a gift of stock, please contact Lisa Sampalis at 815-740-5065 or lsampalis@stfrancis.edu.

Why give?

As an employee your gift means a great deal. Your donation, no matter how large or small,  directly supports USF students and is important to the future of University of St. Francis. Our goal is 100% employee participation in support of our deserving students. Click here to find out more!

The tradition of reunion giving is a meaningful way to give back to your alma mater and provide opportunity for the next generation of Saints. Your gift to the Francis Fund supports scholarships, campus ministry and outreach efforts, academic programming, athletics, and other critical needs. Your generosity ensures the opportunity for academic excellence for those following in your footsteps. Together we are St. Francis. Make a gift today!  #EveryGiftMatters

With matching gifts, you can double or even triple your gift!

Imagine doubling—or even tripling—your gift to the University of St. Francis by simply taking a walk down to the Human Resources office at your workplace. Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations, sometimes matching 100% or two or three times the value of your contribution. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or their spouses. What a great way to maximize your gift to USF!

To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please click to search our directory of participating corporate match employers: Corporate Match Directory (PDF). If your company matches, you should be able to access the forms through your HR department. Follow their procedures, and the University of St. Francis can assist you through the rest of the process. Just be sure to let us know that your company matches when you make your contribution.

If you have questions about matching gifts or would like to set up a matching program at your company, please contact Lisa Sampalis at 815-740-5065 or lsampalis@stfrancis.edu.

Planned gifts have an enormous and lasting impact on the University of St. Francis, creating a legacy for USF students that lasts for generations.

Planned gifts also form part of an overall financial plan that can provide you, the donor, with significant benefits. For example, planned gifts can help you maintain control of your assets during your lifetime, take advantage of a number of tax benefits, leave a legacy at USF, and possibly even provide income to yourself or others during your or their lifetime. Unlike cash gifts, planned gifts typically come from assets in your estate, rather than disposable income.

Common Types of Planned Gifts:

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

View important year-end tax information (PDF).

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 contact Lisa Sampalis at 815-740-5065 or lsampalis@stfrancis.edu.

Visit Planned Giving Homepage

The University of St. Francis accepts contributions of almost any kind of real estate, including undeveloped land, farms, commercial buildings, vacation homes or residences. The tax benefits can be even more significant than for cash gifts. To learn more about donations of real estate please contact Lisa Sampalis at 815-740-5065 or lsampalis@stfrancis.edu.

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