Staff members are available in both the Foundation and University Advancement offices to assist donors as they consider making gifts. Questions from potential and current donors are answered promptly and information is freely provided without expectations. For questions about making a contribution, please contact:
Shepherd University Foundation
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000
Please make checks payable to the Shepherd University Foundation.
For assistance, contact:
Gifts of appreciated securities held longer than one year may be made as outright new gifts or as a payment on a pledge. All federal capital gains taxes are eliminated. Donors may even receive tax benefits by utilizing depreciated stock by selling and then donating the proceeds. Stock may be reassigned directly to the Shepherd University Foundation or may be transferred through the donor’s broker. The average of the high and low market values on the date of the transfer will determine the value of the gift for tax purposes. It is best to consult with the Shepherd University Foundation before a transaction is made. For general questions on gifting securities, please contact:
Gifts of real estate and other personal property may be donated through the Shepherd University Foundation for the benefit of Shepherd University. Please contact:
Many companies provide matching gift programs that multiply their employees’ charitable donations. If you or your spouse are employed by a matching gift company, your contribution to the Shepherd University Foundation could be significantly increased. Matching gifts are designated to the same fund as the donor’s original gift. Gifts matched by an employer count toward the achievement of giving levels for the donor.
To obtain a matching gift from your employer, contact your human resources department. Complete the donor/employee part of the form and send it with your contribution to the Shepherd University Foundation. We will complete the Foundation’s portion of the form and return it to the company to initiate their fulfillment of the match. For assistance, please contact:
Alternatives to monetary gifts such as equipment or books are always appreciated. For assistance in making an in-kind donation, contact:
Honorary and memorial gifts recognize others through gifts made to Shepherd University. Gifts made in memory or in honor of a family member, teacher, student or friend are generous and thoughtful ways to remember a person’s life and his or her accomplishments. When an honorary or memorial gift is made at the Shepherd University Foundation, we notify the honoree or his or her next of kin. We administer the honorary or memorial gift as the donor specifies. Any form of gift, such as one made through the transfer of stocks or through an outright cash donation, may be given in honor or memory of someone. For assistance, please contact:
In certain instances, it may be preferable from an estate, financial, and tax planning perspective to consider long-term gift planning as the best way to make a gift. This may be accomplished through various gift instruments, such as bequests, beneficiary assignments, gift annuities and charitable trusts. Donors who let us know they have chosen to invest in the future of Shepherd University are honored during their lifetimes as members of the Joseph P. McMurran Society. To learn more about making a planned gift and membership in the Joseph P. McMurran Society, contact: