Frequently Asked Questions

Follow the links below to find answers to common questions about giving to Dartmouth. If you don't find the answer you need, please contact us at givingtodartmouth@dartmouth.edu or call 800-490-7010.

Ways of Giving

What kinds of gifts can I make to Dartmouth?
What exactly is unrestricted giving?
How do I make a current-year gift?
Can I designate where I want my gift to go?
I'm a Dartmouth parent. How can I make a gift to Dartmouth?
I can only afford a small gift. Will it make a difference?

Annual Funds

What are the different annual funds?
Why do the professional schools (Geisel Medical School, Thayer, Tuck) have their own annual funds?
Does my gift to a professional school annual fund subsidize Dartmouth as a whole?

Giving to Athletics

What is the best way for me to support the Dartmouth Athletics program?
Where do gifts to Athletics through the Dartmouth College Fund actually go?
What's the difference between the Athletic Sponsor Program and Athletics Friends Groups?
What sports benefit from the Athletic Sponsor Program?
May I direct my Athletic Sponsor Program gift to a particular sport?

Class, Alumni Club, and Reunion Fees

Can I pay my class dues at this site?
Can I pay my alumni club dues at this site?
Can I pay reunion registration fees here?

Gift Receipt, Recognition, and Crediting

How will I know that Dartmouth has received my gift?
Does my Friends group gift count toward my annual fund gift?
Does my class receive credit for my annual fund gift?
Why doesn't my name immediately appear on the honor roll if I make a Dartmouth College Fund gift here?

Gift Planning and Tax Advantages

I understand that I can make a gift to Dartmouth and receive income from it. How does that work?
How can I make a bequest to Dartmouth?
Is my Friends gift tax deductible?
When must I make my gift for it to count as a deduction in the current tax year?
What kind of gift offers the greatest tax advantage for donors?

Matching and Memorial Gifts

Will my company match my annual fund gift to Dartmouth?
Will my company match my Friends group gift?
How can I make a memorial gift in honor of someone who has made an impact on my life?


Ways of Giving

What kinds of gifts can I make to Dartmouth?

You may make gifts of cash or securities to one or more of the six annual funds or contribute to numerous recreation and athletic support groups. You may also make a planned gift to Dartmouth by including the College in your estate plans.
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What exactly is unrestricted giving?

Unrestricted gifts come to Dartmouth and its three professional schools with no restrictions by donors as to how their gifts are used; they are spent within one budget year. They allow the College to seize opportunities as they arise and meet unforeseen challenges—such as the recent unexpected rise in heating oil prices. Think of unrestricted funds as the operating budget's rapid response unit. Restricted gifts to the endowment, on the other hand, ensure that Dartmouth will be able to meet the needs of future generations of students. An endowment gift is meant to be invested, produce income, and grow with time.
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How do I make a current-year gift?

A current-year gift is one made to Dartmouth and spent during the College's fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. You can give online on this website to any of the College's six annual funds. You can also phone-in your gift by calling 603-646-3621 toll free. You may mail a donation to Dartmouth College, c/o Gift Recording Office, 6066 Development Office, Hanover, NH 03755-4400. To donate securities to Dartmouth College, Thayer School, or Tuck School, please contact the Dartmouth College Investment Office at P.O. Box 107, Hanover, NH 03755-0107, call 877-650-6956 toll free, or Transfer Securities OnlineĀ»
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Can I designate where I want my gift to go?

Yes. When you give to the Dartmouth College Fund or the Parents and Grandparents Fund, you can direct your gift to the full Dartmouth experience or financial Aid. Gifts to friends groups do not count toward the annual funds.
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I'm a Dartmouth parent. How can I make a gift to Dartmouth?

Families have been donating to the Dartmouth Parents and Grandparents Fund for more than half a century. We invite you to consider participating in this tradition. Tuition is a tremendous investment, but the full cost of educating each Dartmouth student is greater still. The Parents and Grandparents Fund helps bridge the gap by supporting the College's annual operating budget. Visit the Parents and Grandparents Fund website to learn how you can support Dartmouth. For additional information, contact the Parents and Grandparents Fund at family.giving@dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-2166.
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I can only afford a small gift. Will it make a difference?

Every gift makes an impact, and all gifts make a difference because alumni participation matters. U.S. News & World Report considers participation a key indicator of alumni satisfaction with their educational experience, and they use alumni participation as a metric in their annual rankings of colleges and universities. Foundations and corporations also consider alumni participation when deliberating grants. Their rationale: "If alumni don't support their college, why should we?" Bond rating companies consider alumni participation and philanthropy when annually reevaluating bond ratings. The higher the rating, the lower the interest cost for Dartmouth to borrow money. High participation levels also encourage recent graduates to become involved in Dartmouth philanthropy.
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Annual Funds

What are the different annual funds?

There are six: the Dartmouth College Fund for alumni and friends, the Dartmouth Parents and Grandparents Fund for families of current and former Dartmouth students, the Arts and Sciences Graduate Programs Annual Fund, the Fund for Geisel School of Medicine, the Thayer School Annual Fund, and Tuck Annual Giving.
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Why do the professional schools (Geisel, Thayer, Tuck) have their own annual funds?

There are two reasons. First, the professional schools know their needs better than anyone else—whether it's advancing medical research, retaining exceptional engineering faculty, or creating scholarships for the business school. Second, alumni of the professional schools typically feel a strong affinity for their alma mater and wish to direct their support to it.
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Does my gift to a professional school annual fund subsidize Dartmouth as a whole?

No. Your gift is used entirely by the professional school to support its own programs.
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Giving to Athletics

What is the best way for me to support the Dartmouth Athletics program?

The best way to support the Dartmouth Athletics program is to give to Dartmouth College Fund Athletics and give to the Athletic Sponsor Program and/or to a Friends group of your choice. By funding part of the Athletics Department budget each year, the DCF relieves the pressure to increase tuition to meet the department's needs. Gifts to the Athletic Sponsor Program and to a Friends group supplement the department's budget. A majority of donors to the College support both multiple areas.
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Where do gifts to Athletics through the Dartmouth College Fund actually go?

The Dartmouth College Fund is one leg of a three-legged stool (the other two are tuition and endowment) that supports the College's annual operating budget. Gifts allocated to Athletics through the Dartmouth College Fund help fund the Athletic Department budget in any given year.
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What's the difference between the Athletic Sponsor Program and Athletics Friends Groups?

"Sponsors" and "Friends" are separate programs with distinctly different purposes. The Athletic Sponsor Program exists entirely to provide vital recruiting resources for all of the Athletic Department's varsity sports. It is the sole source of funds for bringing top prospects to the campus, and additional funds are put toward recruiting brochures, rental cars, and coaches' recruiting trips. The funds are allocated to various sports as needed, unless a donor specifies a particular sport. By contrast, a separate Friends group exists for each sport, and each is intended to enhance the quality of that particular program and to meet essential needs that the basic operating budget cannot accommodate. Friends monies are often used for newsletters, receptions, banquets, awards, pre-season trips, video equipment, recruiting budget supplements, minor facility improvements, and other programmatic needs. In short, the Sponsor Program enables us to land talented recruits in all sports, while separate Friends groups strengthen the programs these student-athletes find once they arrive.
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What sports benefit from the Athletic Sponsor Program?

All 36 of the Athletic Department's varsity sports benefit from gifts to the Sponsor Program. Gifts to support recruiting for the skiing programs can be made directly to the Friends of Skiing group.
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May I direct my Sponsor Program gift to a particular sport?

While most Sponsor Program donors do not designate a preference, some do choose to identify a particular sport. If you wish to indicate a particular sport for your Sponsor Program gift, please make a note in the box labeled "Other Instructions About Your Gift" when you make your gift online.
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Class, Alumni Club, and Reunion Fees

Can I pay my class dues at this site?

No. Class dues can be paid by mail. A number of classes also allow dues payments on their websites.
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Can I pay my alumni club dues at this site?

No. Club dues are collected by the treasurer of your alumni club. Clubs can apply for tax-exempt status, which allows club members to claim tax deductions for club membership dues in most cases. Dartmouth Alumni Clubs play a major role in maintaining and strengthening ties between alumni and the College and in encouraging fulfillment of the purposes and needs of both.
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Can I pay reunion registration fees here?

Reunion fees are the responsibility of the class treasurers and not the College, so they cannot be submitted to Dartmouth. Please contact your class reunion chair to determine how your reunion fees should be paid.
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Gift Receipt, Recognition, and Crediting

How will I know that Dartmouth has received my gift?

Except for busy periods at the ends of June and December, when processing may take longer, the Office of Gift Recording will prepare a legal tax receipt and mail it and a thank-you card to your preferred address within one week of receipt of your gift. This applies both to checks and gifts made by credit card. If you make a gift online, you will also receive an e-mail notification of receipt of your gift, although this is not a legal document.
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Does my Friends group gift count toward my annual fund gift?

No, it does not. Only gifts to Dartmouth's annual funds count. Unrestricted gifts are an integral part of the College's operating budget, with gifts to the Dartmouth College Fund constituting approximately 10 percent of the budget each year.
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Does my class receive credit for my annual fund gift?

Volunteers in your class have dollar and participation goals they have set for gifts from the class through the Dartmouth College Fund. Your gift through the Dartmouth College Fund will help your volunteer classmates meet those goals. Similarly, Tuck, Thayer, and the Geisel School of Medicine have their own class goals, and gifts to their respective annual funds help graduate school volunteers meet those goals. Pledges must be paid by June 30 to count toward annual goals.
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Why doesn't my name immediately appear on the honor roll if I make a Dartmouth College Fund gift here?

During most of the year, the Honor Roll is updated weekly, but during some busy periods it is updated daily. Before that happens, your gift must be recorded, a receipt must be prepared, and your name and gift must be entered into a database maintained by the Development Office and Alumni Relations. That last step triggers the listing of your name on the Honor Roll.
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Gift Planning and Tax Advantages

I understand that I can make a gift to Dartmouth and receive income from it. How does that work?

You can receive income from a gift by creating a Life Income Plan. The plans work this way: You make a contribution of cash, securities, or other property to Dartmouth; in return you and/or other named individuals receive payments for life or for a term of years. When the plan ends, the remaining principal will pass on to the College to be used as you have instructed. The size of the payments you receive depends upon the size of the gift, the payout rate offered by the plan you choose, and the age of the beneficiary. For more information, contact the Gift Planning Office at gift.planning@dartmouth.edu or call toll free 800-451-4067.
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How can I make a bequest to Dartmouth?

There are many ways to leave a bequest to Dartmouth. By writing a simple provision in your will, or naming Dartmouth as a beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy, you will be making a lasting contribution to Dartmouth. For simple language or information on how to accomplish this type of gift, please contact the Gift Planning Office at gift.planning@dartmouth.edu or call toll free 800-451-4067.
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Is my Friends gift tax deductible?

Yes. Friends contributions are fully tax deductible and are credited to the particular friends fund exclusively for support of that group.
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When must I make my online gift for it to count as a deduction in the current tax year?

For income tax purposes, the tax year is the same as the calendar year. Contribute online before midnight December 31, and you can claim a charitable deduction on this year's tax return.
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What kind of gift offers the greatest tax advantage for donors?

An outright gift offers the greatest tax advantage, as typically 100 percent of the gift is tax deductible. For planned gifts, in general, the greater the annual payout, the lower the deduction. Here are two examples. Assume a donor is 72 years old and donates $50,000. If the donor opted to contribute to the Samson Occom Pooled Fund (with a 2.733 percent payout rate), he or she would take a $35,928.50 deduction and would receive an annual payout of $1,366.50. If the donor selected a Charitable Gift Annuity (with a 5.4 percent payout rate), he or she would take a $18,857.00 deduction and receive an annual payout of $2,700. The possibilities depend on the donor's circumstances and objectives. Please contact the Gift Planning Office at gift.planning@dartmouth.edu or call 800-451-4067 (toll free) for a personal review.
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Matching and Memorial Gifts

Will my company match my annual fund gift to Dartmouth?

Many employers will match charitable contributions made by their employees. By taking advantage of a company's matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of your contribution. To find out if your company or that of your spouse/partner has a matching gift policy, please enter the employer's name in the online matching gifts database, or consult the employer's human resources department. You may mail a hardcopy of your company's completed matching gift form to Dartmouth College, Gift Recording Office, 6066 Development Office, Hanover, NH 03555-4400, or submit it online through your company's matching gift website. Dartmouth will send you a confirmation when the form has been received.
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Will my company match my Friends group gift?

It may. Different corporations have different policies. Ask your employer's human resources department for details.
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How can I make a memorial gift in honor of someone who has made an impact on my life?

Your Annual Fund gift may be made in honor of or in memory of any individual who has had an impact on your life, whether that person has a connection to Dartmouth or not. To make a Friends group gift in memory or in honor of someone, please make a note in the box labeled "Other Instructions About Your Gift" when you make your gift online.
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