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Giving to Graduate Studies

Support graduate students

Donations are integral to the future of the graduate education. Your gift to may be used to support:

  • Graduate Studies Travel Fund for doctoral students who have successfully completed doctoral comprehensive/matriculation examinations and have been admitted to doctoral candidacy.
  • Student fellowships, scholarships and internships.
  • Programming in areas of readying for graduate studies, workplace skills and leadership development as well as other resources.
  • Faculty research projects to increase student participation in conferences and exhibitions across disciplines.

How to give

Gifts to the Office of Graduate Studies are centrally process through the University of Missouri's development offices. Donors have several options: pledge, check, online, through Mizzou payroll deduction or by credit card.


To send Mizzou a check, fill out the one-page gift form, and mail it with a check payable to the University of Missouri. Send the form to:

Mizzou Gift Processing
109 Reynolds Alumni Center
Columbia, MO 65211

Credit Card

Please us one of the following options for gifts paid by Visa, MasterCard or Discover:

  • Make a gift online at the Mizzou giving site.
  • Call toll-free at 1-877-GIFT-2-MU with your credit card information.

Major gifts, endowments and fellowship support

Major Gifts can be cash, securities (stocks or bonds) or property. Major gifts can create new or support existing endowments for doctoral or master's fellowships, travel or general development.

Major gifts may be made by contacting the Office of Graduate Studies Director of Development, Mark Thomas at 573-882-3645, or by email at

Planned gifts and testamentary gifts

Bequests are one of the easiest forms of planned giving. A bequest may be provided through a will or trust, but it must be worded correctly in order to ensure that the donor's wishes are fulfilled.

Donors may name the University as the beneficiary of their retirement account. This gift option may provide significant income tax and estate tax benefits.

Permanent life insurance policies may be donated to the university. Donors will obtain the greatest tax benefits by naming the University of Missouri as both the owner and beneficiary of the gifted policy.

Gifts that give back

Donors and the university both receive financial rewards through the following three types of gifts:

Charitable gift annuity

A charitable gift annuity is a simple, contractual agreement between the university and a donor in which assets are transferred to the university in exchange for life payments. Payments can be for one or two persons. Rates are based on age. After the annuitant's lifetime the remainder is available to be used by the University as specified by the donor.

When donors transfer cash or other assets to a charitable remainder trust, these funds are invested, and quarterly income from the trust is paid to the donor or to others chosen by the donor. When the trust is terminated, the remaining funds are transferred to the university.

The University's Pooled Income Fund

The University's Pooled Income Fund is similar to a mutual fund. This fund allows gifts to be "pooled" with those from other donors, and prorated shares of the fund's earnings are distributed to all donors. After a donor's lifetime, the remainder of his or her interest in the fund is transferred to the University.

Retained life estate

A retained life estate allows donors to contribute their homes to the university while continuing to live there. The university becomes the sole owner of the property either when donors choose to move from the home or after the donor's lifetime.

The information provided above on planned gifts is presented in summary form.

For an illustration of any planned gift tailored to a specific request, donors may contact the Mark Thomas at 573-882-3645, or by email at Donors should consult with their attorneys or tax advisers for legal and tax advice.