​​​​​​​​​​Donations by Cash, Check or Credit Card

Gifts of cash, by check or credit card, are the most common and easiest gifts to make. They are also tax-deductible for the year in which the gift is made. Additionally, CMU gratefully accepts pledged gifts. These gifts allow donors to make a pledge commitment and set up a payment schedule that best suits their donor wishes.

To make a gift by credit card, you can give now online, or call (800) 358-6903 to make a gift by phone.

Pledges and cash gifts made by check (payable to Central Michigan University) should be mailed with a letter stating your gift's purpose to:

Central Michigan University
Carlin Alumni House G/E
524 E Bellows St.
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

(800) 358-6903​

Matching Gifts

Did you know that you may be able to double or even triple your gift to CMU? Many employers sponsor matching gift programs that match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company participates in a matching gift program, contact your company's human resources department.

More than 1,000 corporations nationwide match employee gifts to Central Michigan University. Many also match the gifts of retired employees and their spouses. Companies that provide these matching funds supply the form to submit with the gift. If your employer is a matching gift company, you may obtain a form from your company's personnel or community relations office.

Planned Gifts

Planned gifts can be made now or deferred to a later time. Some types of planned gifts enable you to support CMU and receive tax benefits upfront while allowing you to sustain your current lifestyle by making use of bequests through a will, retirement plan assets, and charitable trusts. Visit the Gift Planning Website for more information.

Gifts of Stock

Gifts of appreciated securities and closely held stock can be extremely beneficial-both to you and to CMU. You may receive an income-tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities, as well as a possible reduction or avoidance of capital gains taxes. Proceeds from the sale of these assets are directed toward donor-specified programs. Please contact Dave Bunting for more information.​​ 

For information, your broker will need to electronically transfer securities download the Guidelines for Donating Stock.