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Gifts can take many forms

Across the nation and around the world, Radford University graduates are building their futures and achieving excellence. When you decide to become a partner in shaping the success of today’s students, you can choose how you make your contribution.

Find below the types of gifts accepted by the Radford University Foundation, Inc. along with a brief description.

Corporate and Foundation Gifts

Join the many corporations and foundations investing in the future of RU.

Corporate and foundation gifts maximize contributions and other support to Radford University by creating, maintaining and enhancing mutually beneficial relationships.

Radford University is always pursuing new ways to collaborate with the private sector. By joining forces with Radford, corporations and foundations are making a difference. If you have any questions about corporations or foundations, please contact Robyn Porterfield at 540- 831-6331.


Cash is accepted in any form. Checks shall be made payable to Radford University Foundation, Inc. and mailed to PO Box 6893, Radford, VA 24142, and may be directed to a particular program or project at Radford University. In no event shall a check be made payable to an individual who represents the Foundation.

Tangible personal property

The Foundation accepts certain types of gifts-in-kind for furthering its mission. Gifts of tangible personal property include vehicles, jewelry, artwork, furniture, equipment and any other personal item owned by a donor. In addition, in the event that a donor is asked to host a university related event, the Foundation accepts the associated direct costs incurred by the donor as a gift-in-kind. Donations of all vehicles and other gifts valued at $5,000 or greater must have a plan established with regards to covering carrying costs or selling the asset. Gift-in-kind form (PDF).

Planned giving

There are many ways to make a planned gift, including bequests and estate plan gifts, life income gifts, charitable gift annuities, chariable unitrusts, charitable remainder annuity trusts and charitable lead trusts. To find more information visit our planned giving page.


Readily marketable securities, such as publicly traded securities, can be accepted by the Foundation. Gifts of marketable securities may be made by electronic transfer to the Foundation account or by stock certificate, in which case the stock certificate should be either duly endorsed or accompanied by a stock power and in each circumstance accompanied by an appropriate signature guarantee. Bank wire and stock donation instructions.

Real estate

Gifts of real estate may include developed property, undeveloped property or gifts subject to a prior life interest. Gifts of real estate, including time shares, must be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors before acceptance. Due to the expenses associated with gifts of real estate, only gifts valued in excess of $15,000 will be considered.

Remainder interests in property

The Foundation will accept a remainder interest in a personal residence, farm or vacation home or property subject to the provisions of the above section on real estate. The donor or other occupants may continue to occupy the real property for the duration of the stated life. At the death of the life tenant, the Foundation may use the property or reduce it to cash.

Oil, gas and mineral interest

The Foundation may accept oil and gas property interests, where appropriate. Prior to acceptance of an oil and gas interest the gift shall be approved by the Executive Committee, and if necessary, by the Foundation’s legal counsel.

Bargain sales

The Foundation will enter into a bargain sale arrangement in instances in which the bargain sale furthers the mission and purposes of the Foundation. All bargain sales must be reviewed and recommended by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.


Pledges represent signed statements of intent which should be recorded on the donor's gift record. Such statements are generally not legally binding upon the donor, the donor's heirs or estate. Pledge totals will be included in the fundraising totals, but will be tracked in a distinct category. Cash paid on pledges will be reported as cash pledge payments in the Office of University Advancement annual report.

Matching gifts

Many employers will match charitable gifts as a benefit for their employees. Matching gifts can double or triple the amount of your donation to Radford University Foundation, Inc. Visit our online look-up site for your employer's matching gift information.


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