Giving a Gift
Ways to Give
There are many ways to give to ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine, including the medical and animal health programs that are part of our Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center.
Giving by Check
Most supporters make their gifts by check. Checks should be made payable to the ISU Foundation and should be accompanied by a note that specifies the purpose of your gift. For example, to be directed to the Veterinary Medical Endowment Fund, or to provide scholarship support for veterinary students, or to support the medical center equipment fund.
The ISU Foundation makes it easy to print a PLEDGE or GIFT FORM directly from your computer. Be sure to complete the "Gift Designation" section in the lower third of the form.
Each year thousands of Iowa State donors double, or even triple, their cash gifts by participating in matching gift programs offered by an extensive list of corporate employers. A majority of our veterinary alumni are private practitioners, not corporate employees. But many others can participate as matching gift donors. Spouses may be affiliated with a matching gift company, or you may know of animal caregivers or friends who would appreciate the opportunity to double their charitable dollars as they invest in animal health care and veterinary education at Iowa State University.
An annual or current gift designated for general use by the College of Veterinary Medicine is directed to the area(s) of greatest need (unrestricted, but designated for the College). Or, an annual gift may be restricted for a specific purpose such as a class gift project.
An endowed gift extends into perpetuity. The principal is invested and returns annual interest. Part of the earned interest is reinvested to "grow" the principal over time. The other portion is used for the specific purpose designated by the donor (such as a scholarship). Endowed funds of $15,000 or more are usually named for the benefactor; or the donor may choose to honor a family member or other individual, a companion animal, or a group.
The Companion Animal Fund
The Companion Animal Fund was created to provide resources for the small animal and equine clinics within the Veterinary Medical Center. Gifts have a direct impact on patient care and animal health through improved patient facilities, purchase of surgical and diagnostic equipment, and support for research to solve pressing animal health problems. Many contributions are received as pet memorials, in honor of pets and individuals, and from practicing veterinarians. Annually, over 1,000 gifts are received to the CAF, resulting in some $100,000 in improvements.
The Maddie’s Fund mission and purpose is to help the nation’s most needy dogs and cats: Dogs and cats who, for one reason or another, have ended up in our animal shelters-homeless, desperate, hoping for a new loving home--and running out of time... The Mission of Iowa State University’s, College of Veterinary Medicine’s, Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program is to help improve the well being of homeless companion animals through education and discovery. They have addressed issues that affect adoption guarantee shelters, traditional shelters, and animal control units; continuing to work with all of these groups.
Gifts of Securities
Appreciated securities can make an excellent gift. Donors who give securities that have been held long term can realize two benefits:
- you receive a charitable tax deduction for the full fair market value of the securities; and
- you may avoid capital gains taxes on the appreciated assets.
Please note: you will not realize the full extent of tax benefits if you see and securities and donate the proceeds. Instead, the securities must be given to the ISU Foundation (designated for the CVM). It is best for you or your broker to consult with the specialists at the ISU Foundation who regularly handle security transactions.
Often, a bequest or a planned gift provides options that allow donors to create a more far-reaching contribution or to expand the impact of previous gifts. Bequests are created through provisions in your will, and they make the college and our students a part of your legacy. Planned gifts, such as charitable trusts or life income arrangements, can provide significant tax savings to you as the donor, or to your beneficiaries, while providing a guaranteed stream of income. We are grateful and honored that numerous alumni and friends have had the foresight to establish bequests or other planned gifts that provide long-term and lasting benefits to the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Contact the College of Veterinary Medicine Development Office for more information about gifting opportunities for this project:
Senior Director of Development
2522 Veterinary Medicine
Director of Development
2527 Veterinary Medicine