How to Give

You can support Brown in a variety of ways—from annual gifts that fund scholarships and help the University meet immediate needs, to planned gifts that establish a legacy and give you significant tax benefits.

Brunonians understand the power of giving back.

That's why so many alumni, parents, friends, and even students choose to give back to Brown. No matter the size, every gift to Brown has the potential to make a lasting impact. 

From making an online gift to setting up a bequest, there's a variety of ways you can give back to Brown. Find the giving method that best suits you.

To make a gift online, please use our secure online giving form. 

You can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift on a monthlyquarterly, or annual basis.

Send a check or money order made payable to Brown University to:

Brown University
Gift Cashier
Box 1877
Providence, RI 02912
USA

For deliveries other than regular USPS mail, use the following address:

Brown University
Office of Gift Accounting
350 Eddy Street, Sixth Floor
Providence, RI 02903 USA
+1 (401) 863-2374

By making a planned gift to Brown, you can make a lasting and transformative difference on the University. From bequests to living trusts to retirement assets, planned giving is an effective way to give back to Brown in a meaningful way while also helping you achieve your own charitable and financial goals.

The Brown planned giving team can help craft a personalized strategy that achieves your philanthropic and financial goals. By making a planned gift of any size, you will qualify for membership in the College Hill Society, which recognizes alumni and friends who provide for the University through a planned gift.

Learn more about planned giving to Brown, visit Brown's planned giving website or contact us:

Tel: +1 (401) 863-9119
Fax: +1 (401) 863-3301
Email: [email protected]

If you include Brown in your plans, please use our legal name and Federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Brown University
Address: Office of Planned Giving, Box 1893, Providence, RI, 02912
Federal Tax ID Number: 05-0258809

If you are a Canadian, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, or European taxpayer, we encourage you to explore the following links to learn more about country-specific tax benefits of making a gift to Brown University.

If you have any questions regarding giving to Brown University from outside the U.S., please contact Connie DiPanfilo in the Office of International Advancement at [email protected]. Questions regarding your specific tax situation should be directed to your tax advisor.

If you are a U.S. taxpayer and prefer to receive a U.S. tax receipt, please use our secure online gift form.

Gifts of securities such as stocks or other appreciated assets can be a great tax-efficient method for making a gift to Brown. In most instances, you can take a tax deduction for the full market value of the gift and avoid any capital gains tax.

Here is a quick guide to ensure the successful execution of your unrestricted, publicly-traded securities.

If you physically hold the shares:

The stock certificate and a stock power must be sent to the Brown University Investment Office. Your stock power must include a guaranteed signature. For security reasons, this information should be sent in a separate envelope from the stock certificate. Both items should be sent to:

Brown University
Investment Office
Box C
Providence, Rhode Island 02912
USA

If the stock is held in a brokerage account, and the stock is simply being transferred:

Merrill Lynch
DTC #8862
Account #28Z-43M22
for the benefit of Brown University

If using this method, please notify the Investment Office by sending a copy of the transfer instructions via email to [email protected] or fax a copy to +1 (401) 867-3996. This allows the gift to be identified when it arrives. If you physically hold the shares, we need to receive the stock certificate and a stock power. This stock power must include a Medallion Signature Guarantee and should, for security reasons, be sent in a separate envelope from the actual certificate. Both items should be sent to the following address: Brown University, Investment Office, Box C, Providence, Rhode Island 02912, USA. If you have any questions, please contact the Investment Office at 401-867-3976.

If the stock is foreign or you are transferring mutual fund shares:

To ensure that the stock or mutual fund shares will be accepted, please notify the Investment Office at +1 (401) 867-3976, or via fax at +1 (401) 867-3996, of all security details. The Investment Office will give you appropriate instructions and date for delivery.

If you have any further questions, please contact the investment office at +1 (401) 867-3976.

If you wish to make a credit card gift to Brown, please use our secure online gift form or contact Gift Accounting at +1 (401) 863-3633 Monday - Friday during the day, the Student Calling Center evenings toll-free at (866) 712-0301, or fax the following information to the Office of Gift Accounting at +1 (401) 863-3301:

  • Credit card type: American Express, VISA, MasterCard
  • Full name (as it appears on card)
  • Card number | Expiration date
  • Signature
  • Amount of gift
  • Daytime phone number (and fax number, if available)

To wire transfer funds to Brown, it is recommended that these instructions be brought to your bank to ensure proper transfer of funds.

  • Bank Name and Address: Bank of America, 185 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT 06103
  • ABA Routing #: 026009593
  • Account #: 394005745212
  • Swift Code: BOFAUS3N
  • Account Name: Brown University

Please include donor name, donor mailing address and gift designation to ensure proper crediting of funds.

Electronic payments and automated money transfers (ACH) should be used for corporate payments to Brown only, not individual gift payments. For ACH instructions, please contact the University Cashier Office at [email protected].

Double or even triple your gift's impact on the University! More than one thousand companies offer some level of corporate match for their employees' philanthropic interests. Best of all, you are recognized for the full amount of your own gift plus any resulting corporate match.

Contact your company’s personnel or human resources office to find out if your employer, or your spouse’s employer, has a matching gift program. You can also use our matching gifts search form. If you have questions or need further information, contact Brown's Matching Gift Coordinator at (800) 662-2266.

For general questions about giving to Brown, contact us at:

✉  [email protected]
☏ +1 (401) 863-3300 or +1 (800) 662-2266