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Ways to Give to Samuel Merritt University

Giving Online

You can now make a gift online by simply clicking on "Donate Now" after going to the Giving to SMU page. This option is secure and is available to you when you are ready to make a gift.

Commemorative Gifts

Memorial and honorary gifts have been an important part of the history and tradition of Samuel Merritt University. From gifts such as the Hall Nursing Award, given in 1971 to honor the fine nursing care at Merritt Hospital, and named in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Chaffee E. Hall, to every small memorial gift made by one alumnus in the name of another, the University has provided its alumni and friends with a fitting way to honor or memorialize family and friends.

The Samuel Merritt Memorial & Commemorative Gift Program is a meaningful way to mark occasions, which profoundly touch our lives. The program offers the means both to celebrate those events that bring us joy, such as birthdays, anniversaries, or reunions, and to memorialize the loss of family or friends.

Planned / Estate Gifts

Planned giving offers donors the opportunity to make a gift to the University in concert with their personal long-term financial and estate planning. Bequests enable donors to leave a lasting legacy when remembering Samuel Merritt University in their will or trust. Charitable Remainder Trusts help donors avoid capital gains taxes on appreciated property, increase income and reduce income taxes. Donors may also leave a legacy by naming Samuel Merritt University in their life insurance policy, 401(k), IRA or other retirement plan.

Stock and Other Securities

Donors may avoid capital gains tax on appreciated securities by donating them to the University. Please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs if you are interested in contributing in this manner.

Endowment Gifts

Most endowment gifts bear the name of the donor or family and are restricted for scholarships. However, a donor may also endow a Chair in one of the programs offered at SMU. Endowment gifts are an especially rewarding way of giving. The funds are invested and the resulting interest provides ongoing income for the purpose designated by the donor.

Cash, Check or Charge

It is never wise to send cash in the mail, however if you would like to make a cash contribution, you may visit our office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m at the address listed below.

You may also send a check or use Visa/MasterCard to make a contribution.

Please mail your check or notice of contribution to:

Samuel Merritt University
Office of Development and Alumni Affairs
450 – 30th Street, Suite 2840
Oakland, CA 94609

If you would prefer to give your contribution via telephone, please call: 510.869.8628.

To learn more about any of the Ways to Give to Samuel Merritt University, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at (510)869-8628 or email: Sue Valencia, Chief Development Officer at svalencia@samuelmerritt.edu