Ways to Give

Donors who itemize their tax returns receive a federal (and state) income tax deduction for their charitable donations. For your convenience, the USD Foundation offers several ways to make your donation.


  • Make checks payable to USD Foundation (note: gift designation on the memo line).
  • Gifts of cash are deductible up to 50% of donor's income for federal tax purposes.
  • Deduction amounts greater than 50% limit can be carried forward for an additional five years.


  • Appreciated stocks are deductible at an average of high and low market values on the date ownership is transferred to USD Foundation.
  • Stocks may be transferred by certificate of endorsement or through direct transfer to the Foundation brokerage account.  
  • IRS limits to 30% of donors' income the amount that may be deducted.
  • Deduction amounts greater than 30% limit can be carried forward for an additional five years.
  • Call 1-800-521-3575 for further information.


  • Includes private residences, farms, rental properties, vacation homes, etc.
  • Subject to environmental and marketing revue before acceptance by Foundation.
  • Donors may give personal residence(s) and retain a lifetime right to live in the home.
  • Subject to 30% limit for federal income tax purposes, with a five-year carryover of excess amounts.


You may contribute to a number of Foundation funds or college/school annual funds on our secure server.
Click on "Give Online Now."


You may have regular amounts automatically withdrawn from your bank account.


USD employees can choose payroll deduction as a method of direct payment.


You may give periodically over a multi-year period to support the program of your choice.