Ways to Give

Make a Gift Online or by Mail

The easiest way to make your gift may be using our online giving form.

If you wish to send a personal check by mail, please make checks payable to Rice University and send along with instructions for the gift designation to the following address:

Rice University
Office of Development MS-81
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

If you'd like to make a gift to the Rice Annual Fund by mail, please complete and send this form with your personal check or credit card information included, also to the above address. 

If you need further information, please email giving@rice.edu or call 713-348-4991, and we'll be happy to assist you.

Make an Honorary or Memorial Gift

Honorary gifts

Honorary gifts can be a thoughtful way to show your appreciation for someone or for commemorating a significant event.  Donations can be made online here, or mailed to the address listed below. 

Those being honored will be notified of your gift; so please include the name and address of the honoree so that we may notify them of your thoughtfulness.

Rice University
Office of Development MS-81
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX  77251-1892

Memorial Gifts

Memorial gifts can help ensure a person’s legacy will continue or honor the wishes of the departed. These gifts may be made online here, or mailed to the address listed below in the sample obituary language. 

Please include the name of the memorialized, along with the name and address of the individual(s) to whom you would like acknowledgment sent.

For those who would like to include donation information for Rice in an obituary, please see the sample language below:

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be designated to the preferred Rice University fund/area/department.  These gifts may be made online at giving.rice.edu or mailed to:

Rice University
Office of Development MS-81
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX  77251-1892

Any further questions may be directed to Constituent Relations at 713-348-4383 or stewardship@rice.edu.

Make a Gift of Securities

Thank you for considering a gift of securities in support of Rice. It is almost always to your advantage to contribute long-term appreciated securities directly to Rice, rather than selling them and donating the proceeds of the sale. Why?

  • You may be able to claim the full market value of donated shares as a charitable deduction on your income tax.
  • You may be able to avoid paying capital gains tax on the increase in the value of your shares given to Rice.
  • Please consult your tax professional for more information.

To contribute securities directly to Rice, please notify us of your intentions to transfer stock so we may identify, allocate and acknowledge your gift. To do so, please contact:

Melanie Boyd

Phone: 713-348-5800
Fax: 713-348-5166
 
Mailing address:
Rice University
Office of Development MS-81
c/o Melanie Boyd
PO Box 1892

Houston, TX 77251-1892

If your securities reside with a bank, trust, brokerage house or corporation: Please complete the Stock Instruction Letter, send the original to your broker, and send a copy of it to Rice.  If your broker requires the use of their form, please send a copy to Rice, along with a note indicating the designation of your gift.

If you hold the paper certificates:  Please mail the unsigned stock certificates and a completed Stock and Bond Power form, and a Stock Transfer Form to Rice. The stock certificates should be certified mailed separately - and at the same time - to the mailing address above. Please include a note indicating the designation of your gift, as well.

If the stock is registered in more than one name, each person must sign the forms.

If you are giving more than one type of stock, a Stock and Bond Power form is needed for each stock.

Note: Raymond James & Associates Inc. is Rice's primary broker and will accept securities from any financial institution.

Make a Gift via Wire Transfer / ACH

Donors may wish to make a gift to Rice via electronic transfer, which may be especially convenient for international donors.

If you would like to make a gift via an electronic transfer, please contact Melanie Boyd at mboyd@rice.edu for detailed bank instructions.

To ensure proper and timely credit of your gift, please send a copy of the wire transfer instructions to Melanie Boyd once the transfer has been completed through your financial institution. Send a copy, via:

Mail:
Rice University
Office of Development MS-81
c/o Melanie Boyd
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Email: mboyd@rice.edu

Corporate Matching Gifts

Corporate matching gifts are a great way for Rice University alumni, parents and friends to maximize personal contributions and increase the impact of their gift. By taking advantage of a company's matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of a contribution!

To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please contact your Human Resources office or enter your employer's name in our Matching Gift form.

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IRA Charitable Rollover

Congress has made the provision for IRA charitable rollover gifts permanent, which allows individuals age 70 1/2 or older to make tax-free gifts totaling up to $100,000 from a traditional IRA account directly to Rice. This enables you to:

  • Satisfy your minimum required distribution.
  • Exclude the distribution from your gross income.
  • Fulfill an annual gift or outstanding pledge.
  • Support your favorite passions at Rice, including establishing an endowed fund or scholarship.

If you are considering an IRA charitable rollover gift of up to $100,000 and will be 70 1/2 or older, please contact Jill Hughes ’79 at the Office of Gift Planning: 713-348-6206 or giftplan@rice.edu

Other Ways to Give

In addition to outright gifts of cash and securities, there are other ways to give that may be more suitable to your needs and objectives. For information about gifts that provide you with payments for life and benefit Rice later or gifts that cost you nothing now and benefit Rice later, please contact our Gift Planning team. 

To create your future Rice legacy, our team is here to assist you with:

  • Gifts to Rice in your will or revocable management trust.
  • Beneficiary designations for your retirement plan or life insurance to benefit Rice.
  • Charitable gift annuities.
  • Charitable trusts.
  • Gifts of real estate, mineral interests, business interests, closely-held stock and personal property.

To learn more, click here, email giftplan@rice.edu or call 713-348-4624 to speak with a member of our Gift Planning team.

Faculty and Staff Giving: For Rice. By Rice.

As a Rice employee, you are part of what makes Rice one of the top universities in our country and why Rice is consistently ranked as one of Houston’s best places to work. Thank you for considering a gift to our university, where you can support the cause or department that you are most passionate about at Rice.

Online

You may make your gift through our online giving form.

Payroll deduction

Give conveniently through one-time or ongoing payroll deduction by visiting Esther.

Mail

Submit this form by campus mail to Faculty and Staff Giving – MS 83.

Phone

Contact Emily Hilber, executive director, Rice Annual Fund, at 713-348-4666 or emilysk@rice.edu.

To discuss future gifts to Rice of your retirement plan assets, life insurance or gifts through your will or  revocable trust, contact the Office of Gift Planning at 713-348-4624 or learn more here.