Frequently Asked Questions

General Inquiries

If you need to contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations for any reason, please call 202-885-5900 or email giving@american.edu.

 

How can I make a gift?

Will I receive a receipt?

What is a planned gift?

How do I make a gift in honor or in memory of someone?

Will my company match my gift?

Can I make an anonymous donation?

How can my gift make an impact at AU?

Can I name a space, scholarship, or other fund at AU?

How will my gift make a difference?

 

How can I make a gift?

American University
Office of Development
PO Box 96609
Washington, DC, 20090-6609

  • Phone: 202-885-5900
  • Payroll Deduction: If you are an employee of AU, you can make a gift directly from your paycheck. To do so, log in to the AU Portal with your credentials. On the upper right side of the portal home page, under the “Personalized Links” menu, click on “Finances” and select Make a Gift via Payroll Deduction.
  • Stock or Securities:

Donors wishing to make a gift via stock transfer can provide the following AU brokerage account information to your brokers:

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC
DTC #0015
Account #504-111087 for the benefit of American University


Stock certificates may be mailed to:

The Stuart Group
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
1850 K Street, NW Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006

Broker:
David A. Stuart
(202) 861-5028
david.a.stuart@mssb.com

Alternate contact:
Carrie Philips
(800) 522-3546
carrie.philips@morganstanley.com

Fax: 202-861-5001

Please call 202-885-5900 to ensure that your gift is properly credited. 

  • Gifts in kind: Please call our main line at 202-885-5900 or email giving@american.edu, and you will be directed to the appropriate person.
  • Give time and talent: There are countless opportunities to get involved as a volunteer and deepen your ties to AU. Visit our alumni volunteers page or call us at 202-885-5900 to find out more.

 

Will I receive a receipt?

Yes. Email confirmations for online gifts are generated immediately, and a receipt will follow by mail. All gifts receive a receipt via postal mail.

 

What is a planned gift?

Planned gifts can be made in a variety of ways—such as through an estate or retirement plan—and enable you to leave a lasting legacy at AU while enjoying financial and tax advantages that benefit you and your family. The university welcomes gifts made through a variety of planned giving arrangements, including those that offer life income.

To learn more about your gift options and how AU can assist you with your charitable estate planning needs, contact Kara Barnes, director of Planned Giving, at 202-885-5914 or kbarnes@american.edu, or visit our Planned Giving website.

 

How do I make a gift in honor or in memory of someone?

On our online giving form, indicate the names of people to be honored or memorialized in field “Special Instructions” field. If you are using a different method to give, such as by check, please let us know of your wishes.

 

Will my company match my gift?

Visit our matching gifts search page and type your organization’s name into the search box to see if they will match your contribution to AU.

 

Can I make an anonymous donation?

Yes. AU is committed to protecting your privacy. Please let us know if you wish to keep your gift anonymous. 

 

How can my gift make an impact at AU?

If you're looking for a meaningful way to make a difference at AU, there is no shortage of options to offer your support. Whether you are sustaining the university's areas of most urgent need, funding special initiatives, or creating your own legacy through an endowment, every gift that you make impacts the lives of American University students and faculty. You choose the area that your gift benefits by designating the area fund(s) that you wish to support.

  • Annual Fund: The AU Fund for Excellence directs critical funds to the areas of the university that are needed the most. Annual gifts can also be broadly designated to specific schools or colleges, departments, or campus programs. Learn more on the Annual Giving page.
  • Financial Aid: College affordability is a priority for American University. Nearly 80% of admitted freshmen receive some sort of aid assistance.
  • Endowments: Endowments allow a donor to create a permanent legacy at AU, and provide long-term financial health to the institution. For questions about endowed funds, please contact us at 202-885-5918 or giving@american.edu.
  • Capital Projects: American University’s ambitious strategic plan is transforming the campus landscape with new and revitalized facilities. Contact us at 202-885-5900 or giving@american.edu to learn more.
  • UFUND: UFUND is a new way for American University alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends to directly fund the projects and initiatives they care about most. Visit the UFUND fundraising page to learn more about current projects to support.

 

Can I name a space, scholarship, or other fund at AU?

Yes, there are many opportunities to leave a legacy through a naming gift at AU. The array of opportunities range from rooms and spaces to scholarship funds to centers and institutes. Find out more on our naming gifts page

 

How will my gift make a difference?

Donors are invaluable partners in creating the incomparable educational experience that American University provides to its students. No matter how large or small, every gift has a real impact on the quality of education and student experience at AU.

In addition, college rankings services such as the US News & World Report analyze fundraising statistics such as participation rate when making their evaluations. Not only does your giving contribute to future generations of students, but it also enhances the entire university community and increases the value of an AU degree.

 

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