In-Kind Gifts

A Gift That's as Unique as You

Generosity takes many forms — and so do gifts.

An in-kind gift is a meaningful way to support the department or program at UW Medicine that inspires you most. Whether you choose to help accelerate medical research, educate tomorrow’s medical leaders or help us provide outstanding healthcare to our community, your thoughtfulness will change lives.

Giving in-kind gifts can benefit you, too, by providing you with tax advantages. For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Gifts-in-kind are gifts of tangible personal property such as equipment, materials, company products or inventory. While these donations are often received from businesses and corporations, individual donors also give in-kind gifts.

The UW encourages and appreciates gifts-in-kind, such as computer hardware and software, industry equipment, supplies for laboratories, library archive collections, musical instruments, works of art and other materials that the university would otherwise need to purchase.

All gifts-in-kind are reviewed, accepted and officially acknowledged. Prior to acceptance, the gift is reviewed to see if it meets campus needs. The UW reserves the right to decline any gift that does not further UW Medicine’s goals or may involve special maintenance or other conditions the university would be unable to satisfy. The donor is responsible for making arrangements to deliver the gift. Additional approvals may be required for works of art.

The UW does not provide gift valuation. In accordance with Internal Revenue Service regulations, the donor is responsible for determining the value of an accepted gift. If the estimated value of the gift exceeds $5,000, then a qualified appraisal is required by the IRS to substantiate a donor’s charitable deduction for gifts-in-kind. University personnel are not qualified appraisers, and federal regulations do not permit the university to give appraisals or estimates of value.

Additional information about appraisal requirements can be found in IRS Publication 561.