Ways To Give

About Ways To Give
Charitable Lead Trusts
Charitable Remainder Trusts
Foreign Currency
Gift Annuities
Life Insurance
Matching Gifts
Naming Gifts
Online Credit Card Donation
Payroll Deduction
Personal Property or Real Estate

About Ways To Give

The Division of University Advancement exists to provide you with gift-giving options that meet your individual needs and preferences. We appreciate your contribution and are committed to processing every gift promptly and accurately.

Below are some of the most popular methods of contributing to the University. If you would like additional information about gift-giving options, feel free to contact the School of Law Office of Development & Alumni Relations at (202) 806-8000.

You may also contact the Division of University Advancement toll free at (877) 860-GIFT (800-877-4438) or (202) 238-2340.


Donations by cash or check are the most popular and easiest way to give to Howard University School of Law. Your charitable donation is also tax deductible - a gift by cash or check entitles you to a federal income tax deduction of up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income and may qualify you for a state income tax deduction as well. If your charitable gift exceeds 50 percent of your adjusted gross income in any one year, you may carry over the excess contribution for as many as five years. Your actual tax savings will depend on the tax rates in effect at the time of your contribution.

The School of Law Office of Development & Alumni Relations gladly accepts cash gifts, but we do not recommend that you mail cash via any postal service or courier. To make a donation using cash, bring it directly to the Office during regular business hours. (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) We are located at 2900 Van Ness Street, NW, Holy Cross Hall Room 207, Washington, DC 20008.

When paying by check, regardless of the designation of your donation, please make your check payable to Howard University School of Law. If you wish to direct your gift for a specific purpose, such as the clinical programs or scholarship programs for Howard law students, simply indicate that in the memo section of your check.

To make a memorial or honorary gift by cash or check, begin by following the instructions above. Then, attach a note that includes the name of the person you are memorializing or honoring and the family contact name and address (for memorials) or the individual’s name and address (for honorary gifts). We notify the family/individual of your contribution.

Sample after-tax savings for your cash or check contribution: If you are in the 28 percent federal state income tax bracket, you will realize an after-tax savings of about $300 for each $1000 gift. 

Mail your check donation to:

Howard University School of Law
c/o Howard University
P.O. Box 417853
Boston, M.A. 02241-7853

Foreign Currency

Howard University greatly appreciates cash donations in any form, including foreign currency, U.S. dollars drawn on foreign banks or foreign “dollars.” Howard gives its donors gift credit in U.S. dollars for the value of the donation, based on current exchange rates the day the contribution is received.

It is important to note that Howard often incurs bank fees when processing these types of gifts, usually a $50 U.S. fee for foreign currency or checks drawn on foreign banks. U.S. currency items drawn on foreign banks will be assessed fees ranging from $2.00 to $35.00.

At times when the fees associated with a gift of this type outweigh the gift itself, Howard must decline and respectfully ask that the donation be made via U.S. dollars or made payable with a check drawn on a U.S. bank.

Please consult your financial institution for more information on the current US exchange rates, or visit www.xe.net/ucc to access exchange rates for most any foreign currency.

Naming Gifts

Opportunities exist at many levels for donors to support the University while memorializing themselves, mentors, or loved ones.

To match the Howard University School of Law’s investment in the future of international legal education, the Law School is seeking a total of $20 million in private support. Exclusive naming opportunities, ranging from the entire Law Library to an open study carrel, have been created to acknowledge those who rise to this historic challenge.

The walkway to the main entrance of the new Law Library will bear the names of the Library’s pioneer supporters. The veranda’s 600 granite bricks are arranged in a circular mosaic with interior and exterior patterns called the “Supreme Court.” Each exclusive Supreme Court brick will be etched with the donor’s name and class year. To learn more about these named giving opportunities, please contact the Law School’s Development Office. We would be more than pleased to discuss areas and collections that hold the most meaning for you.

The Supreme Court

In the veranda of the Grand Atrium entrance to the new Law Library, names of Howard’s generous benefactors will be etched unto the granite walkway. As generations of students, faculty, alumni and friends enter the library, your name will be on full display as a lasting tribute of the University’s gratitude for your support. Gifts made at the following levels will ensure that your name remains at the School of Law in the years ahead:

$1,000 – Amicus Etching

Your name will be etched in the outside square of The Supreme Court among 500 generous alumni and friends.

$5,000 – Barristers Etching

Your name will be etched in the inside square of The Supreme Court among 100 of the School of Law’s most committed family members. As a small token of our gratitude, you will receive a certificate with a stencil of the actual etching of your name in The Supreme Court at both levels.

The Judiciary Level

$25,000 + Named Study Carrel

In one of the Library’s 90 study carrels, your name and special message will be prominently placed on a commemorative plate. You will also receive a special certificate of appreciation from the University’s leadership and a one-year subscription to the Howard Law Journal.

$10,000 + Endowed Book Fund

Your gift will establish an endowment which will enable the Library to add to its collection. Your name will be printed on the plate of each book that your generosity brings to the library. You will also receive a special a certificate of appreciation from the University’s leadership.

$2,500 + Study Seat Commemorative Nameplate

For a gift at this level, you a plate bearing your name will be placed on a chair in one of the libraries study carrels or reading rooms. The nameplate will forever mark your support of the School of Law.

Making an Enduring Difference

Howard School of Law has for well over a century educated attorneys who have made a lasting difference in our nation. The new Law Library will ensure that this remarkable tradition continues in the new century and beyond. As a way to pay tribute to those members of the Howard family who care deeply about the School of Law – its past, present and future – we have set aside exclusive naming opportunities that will make enduring differences in the ways we prepare our students for the future.

These opportunities span from classrooms and lecture halls, to entire buildings. Gifts at these levels support academic endeavors that are close to your heart. Moreover, they ensure that your name or the name of someone you hold dear will endure at the Law School for generations to come. With minimum amounts of $10,000 to $1.5 million, you can establish:

Endowed Chair $1,500,000+

To attract and recognize distinguished faculty and scholars

Distinguished Professorship $500,000+

To support the teaching and research of outstanding faculty

Visiting Professorship $250,000+

To bring prominent teachers and scholars to campus for a semester or year

Fellowship $100,000+

To support the research and scholarship of outstanding graduate students

Lectureship $50,000+

To provide support for the living and travel expenses of guest invited to give lectures and seminars on campus

Endowed Scholarship $10,000+

To ensure that a Howard education remains available to all qualified students, regardless of their financial circumstances

Payroll Deduction

Howard employees are eligible to make charitable contributions via payroll deduction. You may choose to have any amount of $5.00 or more deducted from your payroll bi-weekly, or you may wish to have the Office of University Advancement calculate the appropriate amount to fulfill a pledge. At any time, a payroll deduction can be changed or stopped by contacting the Director of Annual Giving in University Advancement at (202) 238-2340.

Payroll deductions are an easy way to support Howard and its numerous charitable giving opportunities. Simply print and complete the Family Fund Gift Form and fax it to (202) 986-2005. 

Personal Property or Real Estate

Howard University School of Law welcomes gifts of tangible property that further the School’s educational endeavors and which the University would otherwise need to purchase. Gifts of real estate can generate significant tax benefits for donors and eliminate problems that come with the settlement of estates. The gift can be for a fractional interest in the property or the entire property.

Donors often transfer their property to a trust that generates income for them for life and passes to the School of Law after their death.

If you are interested in donating any item of personal property to Howard University School of Law, please contact the School of Law Office of Development & Alumni Relations at (202) 806-8000. You may also contact the University Advancement Office at (202) 238-2340. We will help you decide how to make your gift and advise you if the gift requires prior approval by Howard's Gift Acceptance Committee.


Your contribution of long-term appreciated securities not only assists the School of Law in meeting its financial and educational goals, but also relieves you from paying capital gains tax on those securities and entitles you give to a charitable organization equal to the fair market value of the securities, up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income for that year. Because you avoid the capital gains tax, it is usually more advantageous to contribute appreciated securities directly rather than to sell them and give the proceeds of your sale.

Securities may be transferred to Howard via electronic transfer, mailing certificate or hand delivery.

Electronic Transfer

Electronic transfer is the most popular and efficient way to transfer securities to Howard University School of Law. The transfer is completed through a free delivery, which means that the School gets 100 percent of the value of the transfer and both Howard and the contributor avoid paying commissions to a broker.

If your stock is held by a broker, notify the broker that you wish to make a gift of securities to Howard University School of Law. Your broker will need written authorization from you before he or she can make the transfer. Be sure to specify the name of the stock that you want to transfer, the number of shares, and where you would like your gift to be designated when it reaches Howard.

Once you have authorized the transfer, ask your broker to contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at (202) 806-8000. Our office will give your broker complete transfer instructions. Even if you have donated securities in the past, be sure your broker contacts the Office of Planned Giving before the transfer is made, as transfer instructions may change from year to year.

Mailing Stock Certificates

If your securities are not held by a broker you can either mail or hand deliver the certificates directly to the Office of Development & Alumni Relations within the School of Law.

If mailing a gift of securities, send your unendorsed certificate(s) and a cover letter (including your name, address and purpose of the gift) in one envelope. In a second envelope, send a signed, signature-guaranteed stock power. We strongly recommend using registered mail to forward your certificates and stock power. A stock power form can be obtained from your local bank or by calling the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at (202) 806-8000.

Please do not mail endorsed certificates. Once the certificate is endorsed, it is legal tender and can be exchanged by anyone.

Hand Delivery

Certificates may also be given to a University Development Officer, delivered to the School of Law Office of Development & Alumni Relations or delivered to the University Office of Planned Giving.

It is strongly recommended that certificates not be sent to a transfer agent for registering in the University’s name. This procedure is unnecessary and results in needless delay of the transfer.

If you own securities that have dropped in value, it is usually best to sell them and give the cash proceeds. That way, you can claim the capital loss and deduct the charitable gift.