The Development Office at The University of Texas School of Dentistry (UTSD) at Houston can assist you in exploring the best way to make your gift and to ensure the proper use and recognition of your philanthropy. Please call 713-486-4380 or contact Development Director Beth Wilson for more information. A description of giving options follows:
Gifts and/or pledges of cash make the most immediate impact and can be applied to any of the initiative goals: building capital, clinical excellence, research, faculty endowment, student scholarships, or community care. For pledges, UT System requires that payments be spread over no more than five years, and that pledges be more than the established minimum.
Gifts of negotiable property, such as real estate, stocks, bonds, oil and gas royalties, and mineral rights are all acceptable as one-time gifts or, in some cases, to satisfy pledges made by the donor. Transfers of property are made through UT System offices, with 100 percent of your gift value applied toward the intended purpose at the School of Dentistry. With real estate and negotiable securities, the value of the gift is tied to the date of receipt, with these properties converted to cash for the intended gift purpose. In some cases, such as oil and gas royalties and mineral rights, the properties may be held by UT System to provide ongoing income to the dental school.
Any gift can be made in honor of, or in memory of, an individual. This is a special way to honor a family member, a respected professor or mentor, a loved one, etc.
In many cases, a donor may find a greater ability to give through planned gifts, such as a bequest in his or her estate, or the creation of a trust that gives income to the UTSD and keeps the assets for your heirs, or vice versa. Planned gifts can also help reduce the tax burden on estates and individuals. The UT System offices and those of the UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have experts in this field who can map out possible methods for your planned gift. As with any estate or planned gift, it is important to gain the advice of your financial advisor.
Recognition of major gifts can include the opportunity to have your name, or that of someone being honored or memorialized, attached. Gifts to the new School of Dentistry building can include appropriate recognition in a laboratory, clinic, office space or academic area. Scholarships and professorial endowments also offer recognition opportunities for your gift.