Ways to Give

Cash Contributions

A simple and convenient way to contribute is to make a contribution by check or credit card. Commitments may be made over several years or on an annual basis. You may receive tax benefits if you itemize deductions on your federal income tax return. Make a gift online.

Gifts of Securities

A gift of appreciated securities, either publicly traded or from a private company, may provide greater tax advantages than gifts of cash. You may deduct the current fair market value as a charitable gift, and in most cases, avoid capital gain tax on the appreciation of securities.

  • Contact us at (859) 572-6062 to facilitate the transfer.

For instructions related to an electronic stock gift, please click here.

Gifts of Personal Property

Contributions of tangible personal property may provide immediate tax advantages. The amount of the deduction is dependent upon whether the gift relates directly to Northern Kentucky University's educational activities and purposes. The donor must secure an independent appraisal of the value of the gift for tax deduction purposes.

Gifts of Real Estate

Gifts of real estate can carry significant tax benefits, whether the property is residential, a farm, or an undeveloped parcel. Real property may be conveyed in any of three ways: as an outright gift, as a gift that allows a tenant to remain on the property throughout their lifetime, or as an asset given with retained life income. A gift of real estate must be appraised to determine the tax deduction value.

  • Contact the NKU Foundation Inc. at (859) 572-5126 to discuss real estate transfers.


You may make provisions for Northern Kentucky University in your will, designating that either a dollar amount or a percentage of your estate go to the university. Including the university in your will is an opportunity to make a permanent investment in a cause you have supported during your lifetime.

Gifts of Life Insurance

Naming NKU as the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy can provide gift opportunities to the university and charitable tax deductions for you.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Charitable remainder trusts offer you the flexibility to design a trust that meets your individual goals. A unitrust pays a variable amount of income for life to the donor or another individual. An annuity trust provides the security of a fixed amount of income paid annually, semi-annually, or quarterly to the donor or specified beneficiary. In both cases, the principal remaining after the beneficiary payments cease goes to NKU to accomplish the educational goals specified by the donor at the time the gift is made.

Contact Us

University Development and Alumni Relations
Lucas Administration Center 221
100 Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
(859) 572-6062