UCCS offers options, guidelines for making 2023 year-end gifts

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As 2023 ends, UCCS Development provides multiple options for donors who plan to make year-end contributions. Thank you in advance for helping donors have confidence in giving to UCCS by being aware of the many gift options to meet year-end tax deadlines. The IRS has very specific gift processing deadlines and we appreciate your assistance in helping ensure donor expectations are met through timely processing.

Further details below.

End of year giving options: 

  • In person: Development staff will process gifts normally through Dec. 22, the last day the UCCS campus is open. After Dec. 22, please call 719-255-5101 to schedule a pick-up of checks by a Development team member.
  • Online: For donors who want to receive a charitable gift receipt for 2023, we encourage donors to make an online donation at giving.cu.edu/uccs before 11:59 p.m. MST Dec. 31. 
  • By phone: Call the CU Foundation Gifts and Records Hotline at (303) 541-1290 before 5 p.m. MST Dec. 29. The records hotline will not be answering calls Dec 30 or 31. Please utilize online or mail options if you are interested in making a gift that may qualify for IRS charitable deduction.
  • By check: Gifts sent by mail need to have a legible 2023 postmark date from the United States Postal Service. The CU Foundation recommends putting the envelope in the mail no later than Dec. 26. UCCS and the IRS can’t use the date on the check when determining 2023 gifts, only the legible postmark date on the envelope.

Other resources: 

  • The CU Foundation provides additional information for gifts made through an IRA and through a transfer of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other marketable securities. Visit giving.cu.edu/making-your-end-year-gift for additional information. Many financial institutions have limited holiday service hours. Please contact your financial institution no later than December 12 if you plan to make a transfer of funds before December 31.

Special instructions to campus partners who receive gifts via mail December – February 1, 2024: 

  • All campus employees who receive checks mailed to their office should forward all materials, including all envelopes the check(s) arrived in, to UCCS Development in Main Hall Suite 301 no later than Dec. 22, regardless of postmark date, taking good care not to mutilate the postmark. Gift Management must retain these envelopes to help address any questions or concerns on the receipt date.
  • If you or your office receives a donor gift between Dec. 22 and Dec. 31, please email [email protected] for special handling.
  • After the start of the new year, continue to provide UCCS Development with all materials that were sent with the check, including the envelope the check arrived in, through February 1, 2024.

Resources for all employees:  

  • At all times, employees should forward gifts to UCCS Development or Student Financial Services on the same day or next business day to ensure timely processing.
  • Employees must never give anything that could resemble tax advice. The donor is responsible for making those decisions with their financial advisor.
  • Employees are encouraged to change their outgoing voicemail and out-of-office replies to help direct donors to giving.cu.edu/uccs for online gifts by 11:59 p.m. MST Dec. 31.
  • Almost all charitable donations to UCCS should be deposited and receipted through the CU Foundation, even if the check is made out to a UCCS entity. The Board of Regents Policy 13.f directs that all charitable donations (with a few rare exceptions) that are intended to support CU and UCCS be deposited through the Foundation.

Questions? Contact the UCCS Development Office by phone at 719-255-5101 or email [email protected].