Giving

Support Stritch with a gift today

Did you know...

- 90% of Stritch students require financial aid to complete their degrees
​- 80% of Stritch students work while attending school
- 43% of undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college
- Nearly 50% of the applicants who do not attend Stritch cite insufficient financial aid as the reason
- Each year, Stritch administers nearly $11 million dollars in financial aid, including merit and need-based scholarships from both institutional and other sources
- More than 70% of Stritch alumni live and work in Wisconsin


It takes resources to produce these results! Your financial support helps to keep Stritch accessible and affordable for the next generation of community leaders. 


Ways to Give

Click here to give via credit card through our secure website.


If you wish to charge your gift via phone on a Master Card or Visa, a member of our Advancement staff will be happy to help you navigate the giving process. Please have the following information at hand:

  • Name on credit card
  • ​Credit card type
  • Account number
  • Expiration date
  • Amount of gift
  • 3-digit security code (V code on back of card)
  • Your class year or other affiliation with Stritch
Call (414) 410-4939 or (800) 347-8822.

Download and print our Giving Form (PDF) and mail your gift or pledge to:

Cardinal Stritch University
University Advancement 
6801 N. Yates Road #99
Milwaukee, WI 53217

All gifts postmarked December 31 or earlier will be credited for that year's giving. Please make checks payable to Cardinal Stritch University. 

A gift of long-term appreciated securities, either publicly traded or from a closely held company, may provide you with greater tax advantages than a gift of cash.

Recent record highs in The Dow make this a great time to make a gift of appreciated securities such as stocks to Cardinal Stritch University. 

With the current steady rise in the stock market, many investors are likely to own shares that have substantial gains. There may be significant tax benefits to directly donating these stocks instead of cash.

By transferring appreciated stock directly to Cardinal Stritch University you can double up on tax benefits:

            1) the charitable deduction plus 
            2) avoiding tax on the appreciated value of the donated stock.

Example:

You want to donate $20,000 to Cardinal Stritch University.

You own $20,000 worth of stock which you purchased for $5,000 five years ago. 
If you sold the stock then donated the $20,000 cash, you would receive a $20,000 charitable deduction.

However, you must report the $15,000 capital gain on the stock

($20,000 - $5,000 = $15,000)

The $15,000 gain will be taxed at 15% resulting in a $2,250 loss to taxes.

Alternately, you could donate appreciated stock of approximately $20,000 directly to Cardinal Stritch University. You get the same $20,000 charitable deduction and avoid tax on the capital gain.

It is important to know that you must have held the appreciated stock for more than one year in order to deduct the full market value.

Important information

Agent: Robert W. Baird & Co. (Kathy Beronja, CFP; (414) 765-3522)
Stritch Account Number: 19735985
Stritch Tax ID: 39-0806196

Please call (414) 410-4939 and leave a message, alerting us that a stock gift is imminent. One of our gift officers will follow up with you directly.

Congress has extended tax-free distributions from Individual Retirement Accounts for charitable purposes. That means any gift made directly from your IRA to Cardinal Stritch University counts toward your minimum distribution and will not be considered taxable income. Each taxpayer can give up to $100,000 tax free in any tax year. This type of gift may be particularly appropriate if you are over the age of 70 ½ and required to take a minimum distribution from your IRA but do not need additional income. 

Why should someone age 70 ½ or older give to Stritch

A very generous octogenarian Stritch donor recently said “it’s all about improving the lives of the younger generation.” By supporting Stritch you help those who long for an education so they can be successful in life and in serving others. 

Stritch is committed to preparing students to become values-centered leaders in business, education, nursing, health sciences, the liberal arts and the community at large.

The key requirements for the IRA Charitable Rollover provision are:

  • The IRA account holder must be at least age 70 ½ at the time the distribution is made.
  • The distribution must be made directly from the IRA custodian to Cardinal Stritch University.
  • Gifts to all charities combined cannot exceed $100,000 per donor per year.
  • The gift can only be made from an IRA. Gifts from 401(k), 402(b) and 457 plans are not permitted.
  • No goods or services can be received by the donor in exchange for the IRA gift. IRA rollovers cannot be used to fund a charitable annuity or trust and cannot be made to a private foundation, donor advised fund, or a supporting organization.

As always, consult your financial advisor to see if this type of gift is right for you.

How do I make a 2017 IRA Charitable Rollover gift to Cardinal Stritch University?

  • Contact your IRA administrator/custodian and request a direct charitable distribution to Cardinal Stritch University (TAX ID: 39-0806196).
  • Request that the check be sent directly to: Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, #99, Milwaukee, WI 53217.
  • Request the IRA administrator/custodian to include your name and address as donor of record and that they copy you on the transmittal.
  • To qualify for the 2017 tax year, the IRA transfer must be made prior to December 31.
  • Please inform one of the gift officers listed below of the transfer. If you would like your gift designated for a specific fund, the gift officer will need that information in writing.

For more information, please contact us.

Spotlight on Giving

Wondering how your gift will have an immediate impact? Read about our students and donors.

Giving Societies

Cardinal Stritch University has several giving societies to recognize those who have made significant investments to Stritch.

Through their interest in the University's success and their leadership in giving, members of these societies share a common bond in their commitment to providing an exceptional, transformative education to current and future Stritch students. Qualifying gifts may come in the form of cash, stocks, matching gifts, or securities.

St. Francis of Assisi dedicated his life to giving.

He adopted the Tau as the symbol of his conversion and his pledge to serve, and so to lead. In the spirit of St. Francis, you’re invited to fulfill just such an inspiring role today. By joining The President's Tau Society, you’ll help set the pace in securing the financial future of the University.

Society members contribute gifts of at least $1,000 annually. Within the President's Tau Society are special levels of recognition. Individuals who participate at this level are considered the mainstay of leadership giving.

Like St. Francis, President's Tau Society members bring transformation to Stritch through their giving. As a member, you’ll also enjoy a host of benefits, both to recognize your generosity and emphasize your ties to the University. Please accept this invitation and elevate your commitment to Cardinal Stritch University.

The President's Tau Society Benefits

Invitation to annual University Presidential events
Listing in Annual Report
Recognition in University publications and website
Invitations to special receptions in conjunction with selected campus events
Formal recognition gift

$1,000-$2,999

All of the above Tau Benefits

$3,000-$5,999

Invitation to an event with Stritch president 
All of the above Tau Benefits

$6,000-$9,999

Discount access to the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center
Invitation to an event with Stritch president
All of the above Tau Benefits

$10,000 and above

Discount access to the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center
Invitation to an event with Stritch president
All of the above Tau Benefits

The Franciscan Heritage Society recognizes individuals who have remembered Stritch in their estate plans or who have established endowed scholarships.

Regarding estate planning, the basic requirement for inclusion in the Franciscan Heritage Society is providing for the University through designating a specific provision in a will, creating a charitable remainder trust, purchasing a charitable gift annuity, assigning life insurance to the University or making it the policy beneficiary, donating property, or establishing a specific endowment.

Such foresight in most cases increases spendable income and/or reduces estate shrinkage through tax advantages. And it allows friends of Stritch to extend their influence beyond their lifetimes and enhance the quality education the University provides.

Endowed scholarships afford donors with unique naming opportunities, in addition to providing needed funding for deserving students.

If you have included Cardinal Stritch University in your estate plan, please let us know so that you may be appropriately recognized for your generosity by becoming a member of the Heritage Society. Heritage Society members are invited to many special events and receptions.

If you would like more information about the Franciscan Heritage Society, please contact the Advancement Office.

Annual Giving Societies

These recognition levels are based on gifts made during a single fiscal year ending July 31.

The Stritch Annual Fund turns individual donations of all sizes into a pool of support for our highest priorities and most essential initiatives. Unrestricted gifts provide Stritch with the greatest flexibility to direct funds to areas of the University that need them the most. 

They also help keep a Stritch education affordable for our talented and motivated students. On average, more than 1,000 students receive full or partial scholarship funding thanks in part to the generous donors who made gifts to the Annual Fund. It is alumni, parents, and friends all working together that can make an immediate difference.

St. Francis of Assisi dedicated his life to giving. He adopted the Tau as the symbol of his conversion and his pledge to serve, and so to lead.

In the spirit of St. Francis, you’re invited to fulfill just such an inspiring role today. By joining The President's Tau Society, you’ll help set the pace in securing the financial future of the University. Society members contribute gifts of at least $1,000 annually.
Members of the Founder's Circle pay a special tribute to the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi who founded the University in 1937.
Stritch Partners recognizes alumni and friends who increase their commitment to become partners in the success of the University.
The point of entry for the Stritch Annual Fund giving clubs, this club recognizes alumni and friends who support Stritch in providing a values-centered education.


Lifetime Giving Societies

These recognition levels are based on a donor's lifetime giving to the University.

The St. Francis Society recognizes donors who have contributed $1,000,000 or more to Stritch during their lifetime.
The St. Clare Circle recognizes donors who have contributed $500,000 to $999,999 to Stritch during their lifetime.

The Samuel Cardinal Stritch Society recognizes donors who have contributed $100,000 to $499,999 to Stritch during their lifetime.