Noncash Assets

The Office of Gift Planning at Rice University is ready to help you consider and create a philanthropic strategy that is tailored to meet your family's financial objectives while leaving a legacy at Rice University, which includes accepting gifts of noncash assets such as:

To learn more about how you can make your mark on Rice with a gift of a noncash asset, please contact us at giftplan@rice.edu or (713) 348-4624.


Gifts of Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies are decentralized digital or virtual forms of money. As cryptocurrency continues to grow in popularity, more and more donors are enjoying the benefits of using it as a philanthropic tool.

When you give a gift of cryptocurrency:

  • You can avoid capital gains taxes.
  • You can receive a federal tax deduction for the value of your gift.
  • You can make a bold impact on Rice’s future.

Rice accepts gifts of cryptocurrency through a partnership with Charitable Solutions, LLC. To learn more about how you can make your mark on Rice with a gift of cryptocurrency, please contact Maureen Phillips in the Office of Gift Planning at Maureen.F.Phillips@rice.edu or at (713) 348-6017.


Gifts of Insurance

A gift of your life insurance policy is an excellent way to make a gift to Rice. If you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted its original purpose, consider making a gift of your insurance policy to Rice. For example, you may have purchased a policy to provide for minor children and they are now financially independent adults.

Benefits to making a gift of a life insurance policy:

  • Receive a charitable income tax deduction.
  • If Rice retains the policy to maturity, you can receive additional tax deductions by making annual gifts so that we can pay the premiums.
  • If Rice cashes in the policy, you will be able to see firsthand how your gift supports our charitable work.
  • If we retain the policy to maturity, or you name us as a beneficiary, once the policy matures, the proceeds of your policy will be paid to our organization so that we can use the proceeds to further our charitable work.

How to make Rice a beneficiary of life insurance

To make a gift of life insurance, please contact your life insurance provider, request a beneficiary designation form from the insurer and include Rice University as the beneficiary of your policy.

You can also designate Rice University as a partial, full or contingent beneficiary of your life insurance policy. You will continue to own and can make use of the policy during your lifetime. Your estate may benefit from an estate tax charitable deduction.

Your deduction for the gift of life insurance will depend on whether the policy has increased in value above the premiums and whether the policy is paid up or there are remaining payments to be made.

Please let us know if you have already named us as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy. We would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift.


Gifts of Mineral Interests

Mineral interests involve ownership of the right to exploit, mine or produce minerals lying beneath the surface of real estate. Ownership of mineral interests produces standard royalty interests as well as working mineral interests and are most commonly the types of mineral interests donated to charity.

At this time, Rice accepts gifts of royalty interests only and is unable to accept gifts of working mineral interests.

How to make a gift of mineral interests

You can transfer mineral interests during your lifetime and receive a considerable charitable income tax deduction based on a qualified appraisal of the gift’s value. You convey the interest through a transfer of the ownership by a form of writing that satisfies formal state requirements via deed or lease. The Rice Minerals Department within the Rice Management Company will prepare the necessary documentation for the transfer and have the deed recorded.

If you have any questions about gifts of mineral interests, please contact Maureen Phillips in the Office of Gift Planning at Maureen.F.Phillips@rice.edu or at (713) 348-6017.


Gifts of Real Estate

Donating appreciated real estate, such as a home, vacation property, undeveloped land, farmland, ranch or commercial property can make a great gift to Rice University.

Benefits of gifts of real estate:

  • Avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of the real estate.
  • Receive a charitable income tax deduction based on the value of the gift.
  • Leave a lasting legacy to Rice University.

How to make a gift of real estate

Your real property may be given to Rice by executing or signing a deed transferring ownership. You may deed part or all of your real property to Rice. Your gift will generally be based on the property's fair market value, which must be established by an independent appraisal.

  • Mortgaged Property - Please contact us if the property you wish to give has existing debt or a mortgage. Indebtedness can affect your charitable tax deduction.
  • Difficult Property Gifts - Certain properties pose challenges. We have adopted policies to limit the acceptance of certain kinds of real estate. Please check with us before making a gift of real estate so we can explain our gift acceptance policies.
  • Capital Gains Tax - Check with us on the capital gains tax implications of your gift. You may also be interested in life income options.

If you have any questions about gifts of real estate, please contact Judi Tichenor in the Office of Gift Planning at jtichenor@rice.edu or (713) 348-4807.


Gifts of Retirement Assets

Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets, such as your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension or other tax-deferred plan, is an excellent way to make a gift to Rice University.

If you are like most people, you probably will not use all of your retirement assets during your lifetime. You can make a gift of your unused retirement assets to help further our mission.

Benefits of gifts of retirement assets:

  • Avoid potential estate tax on retirement assets.
  • Your heirs would avoid income tax on any retirement assets funded on a pre-tax basis.
  • Receive potential estate tax savings from an estate tax deduction.

How to make a gift of retirement assets

To leave your retirement assets to Rice, you will need to complete a beneficiary designation form provided by your retirement plan custodian. If you designate Rice University as beneficiary, we will benefit from the full value of your gift because your IRA assets will not be taxed at your death. Your estate will benefit from an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift.

More on gifts of retirement assets

Did you know that 60 percent to 70 percent of your retirement assets may be taxed if you leave them to your heirs at your death? Another option is to leave your heirs assets that receive a step up in basis, such as real estate and stock, and give the retirement assets to Rice University. As a charity, we are not taxed upon receiving an IRA or other retirement plan assets.

Please let us know if you have already included Rice as a beneficiary of your retirement assets. We would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift.


Gifts of Stocks and Bonds

Donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, is an easy and tax-effective way for you to make a gift to Rice University.

Benefits of gifts of stocks and bonds

  • Avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of appreciated stock.
  • Receive a charitable income tax deduction.
  • Further our mission today.

How to make a gift of stocks and bonds

  • By electronic transfer — Please contact us for instructions on how you can transfer stock or bonds from your brokerage or investment account to Rice University.
  • By certified mail — If you hold securities in certificate form, you will need to mail two envelopes separately to complete your gift. In the first envelope, place the unsigned stock certificate(s). In the other envelope, include a signed stock power for each certificate. You may obtain this power from your broker or bank. Please remember to use certified mail.

More on gifts of stocks and bonds

There are special rules for valuing a gift of stock. The value of a charitable gift of stock is determined by taking the mean between the high and low stock price on the date of the gift. Mutual fund shares are valued using the closing price for the fund on the date of the gift.

If you have any questions about gifts of stocks and bonds, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions that you have.

Be bold TOGETHER.

We invite you to mark your own bold impact on Rice's future. Let us know what programs and opportunities you would like to discuss by contacting us at stewardship@rice.edu.

Giving to Rice

Development & Alumni Relations
P.O. BOX 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Phone: 713-348-4991
Email: giving@rice.edu

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