Ways to Give

MSU and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources offer numerous gift options for your consideration. The manner by which you choose to make a gift is a personal preference and situation. Careful planning can maximize the positive effects of your gift. 

For more details on how to donate to Michigan State University, visit the Guide to Giving at MSU.


Gifts to the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are tax deductible as provided by law and may qualify you for state of Michigan tax credits and federal tax deductions. Please check with your financial adviser on how your gifts may affect your tax situation.



Current Gifts and Pledges

Current gifts can be cash contributions given now that provide immediate impact. Examples of current gifts are cash, securities, gifts of personal and real property (gifts in kind), bargain sales and gifts of closely held stock.

  • Outright cash/check
    Gifts of cash are an immediate transfer of funds from you to Michigan State University. Gifts of cash can be made by personal check or credit card.
  • Gifts of Securities
    A gift of securities can be made with an electronic transfer of shares to Michigan State University. MSU has accounts established with multiple brokerage firms. 
  • Gifts in Kind
    A gift of tangible personal property entitles the donor to a charitable deduction based on the full fair market (appraised) value of the gift if the gift complies with the standard of “related use” regarding the designation at and use by Michigan State University.

Planned Gifts

The MSU Office of Gift Planning assists donors in exploring and executing charitable intentions in the most efficient and satisfying manner for the donor, their heirs and MSU. Through the creative planning process, charitable giving strategies are incorporated within comprehensive estate plans to fulfill philanthropic goals, reduce income taxes, avoid capital gains and possible estate taxes, retain a life income, increase spendable income, and/or reduce costs of estate settlement, all while enjoying the satisfaction of providing significant future financial support for Michigan State University.

Types of planned gifts may include:


Some employers provide matching gifts that can double or even triple the value of a gift to Michigan State. Many companies will also match gifts made by employee spouses and retirees. Learn more and search if a company has a matching gift policy.

If you have any questions, concerns or proposals regarding how you can give, please contact the CANR Office of External Relations at 517-355-0284 or e-mail at canrer@msu.edu.