How To Make a Gift

How to Make a Gift

William Paterson University is thankful for generous individuals who, like you, want to invest in the future of our students. There are many ways to make your tax-deductible contribution to William Paterson*. In all cases, you can designate your gift to the school or program of your choice or to one of our current initiatives (please visit Special Giving Opportunities for more information).

Make your credit card donation online. It is secure, quick, and easy. You can also choose to make recurring gifts, over time, which is a great way to gradually increase your impact on William Paterson University. It’s easy to set up monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual withdrawals from your credit card—the most convenient way to give!
When you use our online giving website, you receive an email receipt immediately.

By Mail
We gladly accept cash gifts; however, we do not recommend that you mail cash via a postal service or courier. To make a donation in cash, please call 973.720.3221 to make arrangements.

When paying by check, regardless of the designation of your donation, please make your check payable to William Paterson University Foundation. If you wish to direct your gift for a specific purpose, simply indicate that in the memo line of your check or in any accompanying correspondence.

To make a memorial or honorary gift by cash or check, begin by following the instructions above. Then, attach a note that includes the name of the person you are memorializing or honoring and the family contact name and address (for memorials) or the individual's name and address (for honorary gifts). We will notify the family/individual of your contribution.

Please mail your check to:
William Paterson University Foundation
300 Pompton Road, Hobart Manor 2nd Floor
Wayne, NJ 07470

By Wire Transfer
To make a donation electronically via ACH credit, please remit to:
Valley Bank
Routing Number (ABA): 021052053
Account Number: 58319415

Please note donor name in the Additional Information or Special Instructions field.

By Phone
If you would like to speak to someone directly and make your gift over the phone using your credit card, please call 973.720.3221.

Payroll Deduction
William Paterson employees can make charitable contributions via payroll deduction. You may choose to have the amount of your choice deducted from your payroll bi-weekly, or you may wish to have us calculate the appropriate amount to fulfill a pledge. At any time, a payroll deduction can be changed or stopped by contacting the Office of Payroll and Employee Benefits at 973.720.2885.

Matching Gifts
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs that will match the charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees, and/or spouses. Through a matching gift program, the impact of your gift to William Paterson can be doubled or possibly tripled! Best of all, you are recognized for the full amount of your own gift plus any resulting corporate match.

To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer's name below.  
Click here to find out if your employer offers a matching gift program. Donors can insert their employer names in the Matching Gifts option in the current menu.

Gifts of Securities and Assets

Securities Transfer
The most efficient way to transfer securities to the William Paterson University Foundation is by electronic transfer. This ensures the maximum tax benefit to the donor since the Foundation has an institutional rate. For more information about how you may transfer securities, please contact Yvette Viera Villanueva at or call 973.720.3221. More information on gifts of appreciated securities is available here.

Real Estate
Gifts of residences and real estate provide tax deductions, avoid capital gains taxes, and in some instances permit continued lifetime residence. You may contribute real property as an outright gift and continue to live in the home, or an asset given with retained life income. For more information on making a gift of real estate, please contact Yvette Viera Villanueva at or call 973.720.3221.

Tangible Personal Property (Gifts in Kind)
Contributions of tangible personal property including rare books, art, instrumentation, and antiques may provide you with immediate tax advantages. To take advantage of a charitable income tax deduction, your gift must relate directly to William Paterson's activities and mission. For more information on making a gift of tangible personal property, please contact Yvette Viera Villanueva at or call 973.720.3221.

Bequests and Planned Gifts

Estate and other Planned Gifts
By including William Paterson University in your will or making other planned gifts, you can provide for yourself and your loved ones, plan wisely for your future, and make a meaningful gift to William Paterson. Planned gifts enable you to preserve your assets during your lifetime and leave a valuable legacy at William Paterson. Donors who make estate and other planned gifts are recognized as members of the Hobart Society, the University’s planned giving society. Please visit our Planned Giving page for more information, or contact Judy Linder, Director of Development and Planned Giving, at 973.720.2309.

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*Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.