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Honorary and Memorial Gifts

How do I make a gift in memory or in honor of someone else?

Honorary and memorial gifts to benefit the University of Nebraska or the Nebraska Medicine health care network are a meaningful way to honor someone, including a family member, friend, teacher, student or others. These gifts can be made in memory of a deceased individual or in honor of a living person.

When an honorary or memorial gift is made, the University of Nebraska Foundation notifies the honoree or his or her family of the gift, but the gift amount is not disclosed. The gift is then administered and used as specified by the donor or the individual’s family in support of the university.

What kinds of gifts can be made in honor of someone?

Any form of a gift may be made in honor of someone, including gifts made with cash or through the transfer of stocks. Gifts made online may also be made in honor or memory of someone by indicating this information when completing the online donation form.

You can direct gifts to a currently existing fund in the honoree’s name or choose to establish a new fund to honor him or her and decide how the fund will aid the university.

New funds may be established as expendable to provide immediate support to the university as designated, or they may be established as permanently endowed to forever provide support to the university through the fund’s annual income. Please consult with a development specialist at the foundation to determine the right option for you.

How can I match the gift with the interests of the person I want to honor?

You can support any aspect of the University of Nebraska or Nebraska Medicine that you decide is most appropriate for the person you wish to honor. This may include gifts that support student scholarships, faculty, programs, patient experience, departments, medical and other research, capital improvement and much more. 

Can multiple people contribute, and what is the preferred designation?

Yes, many people can contribute in honor or memory of an individual, and they will receive a thank you and a receipt for their gift.

Foundation staff members are available to assist the family after memorial gifts are received, so the designated fund does not have to be decided immediately unless that is preferred. 

Below are possible designations you may use for an obituary or announcement.

Two suggestions if the family has already selected a fund or established a fund in someone’s honor:

Donations in [memory or honor] of [Name] may be made to the [Fund Name #00000000] at the University of Nebraska Foundation, PO Box 82555, Lincoln NE 68501-2555. Include on the check or enclosed with it that the gift is in [memory or honor] of [Name] and the fund name. 

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family requests that donations be made in memory of [Name] for the [Fund Name #00000000] at the University of Nebraska Foundation, PO Box 82555, Lincoln NE 68501-2555. Please include on the check or enclosed with it that your gift is in memory of [Name] and the fund name. 

Two suggestions if a fund has not yet been selected or established: 

Donations in [memory or honor] of [Name] may be sent to the University of Nebraska Foundation, PO Box 82555, Lincoln NE 68501-2555. Please include on the check or enclosed with it that the gift is in [memory or honor] of [Name].

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family requests that donations be made in memory of [Name] to the University of Nebraska Foundation, PO Box 82555, Lincoln NE 68501-2555. Please include on the check or enclosed with it that your memorial gift is for [Name].

Do you have suggested designations specific to memorial gifts to Nebraska Medicine?

The University of Nebraska Foundation is the fundraising partner of Nebraska Medicine, and our Nebraska Medicine development specialists can help you determine the best options for memorializing your loved one while supporting Nebraska Medicine.

Below are suggested memorial designations for Nebraska Medicine:

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family requests that donations be made in memory of [Name] to support Nebraska Medicine. Please send donations to University of Nebraska Foundation, PO Box 82555, Lincoln NE 68501-2555. Include on the check or enclosed with it that your memorial gift is for [Name].

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family requests that donations be made in memory of [Name] for the [Fund Name #00000000] to support Nebraska Medicine. Please send donations to University of Nebraska Foundation, PO Box 82555, Lincoln NE 68501-2555. Include on the check or enclosed with it that your gift is in memory of [Name] and the fund name.

Whom do I contact to identify or establish a fund for memorial or honorary giving?

The University of Nebraska Foundation has a team of professionals who can help you identify a meaningful way to recognize someone through philanthropy. For more information, please contact us.