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Honorary and Memorial Giving

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

Memorial gifts commemorate the values and character of a loved one who has died, and honorary gifts show appreciation for an admired person who is still living. Memorial and honorary gifts to benefit the University of Nebraska, the Nebraska Medicine health network or any one of the university’s affiliates are a meaningful way to celebrate someone, including family members, friends, teachers and students.

When a memorial or honorary 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.

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

Any type of gift may be made in memory or honor of someone, including gifts made with cash or through the transfer of stocks. Gifts made online may be designated in memory or honor of someone when the online donation form is completed.

You may direct gifts to an existing fund or choose to establish a new fund and decide how the fund will help.

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

How may I match the gift with the interests of the person I wish to honor?

You may support any aspect of the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Medicine or any one of the university’s affiliates you decide is most appropriate for the person you wish to celebrate. This may include gifts that support student scholarships, faculty members, programs, patient experience, specific departments, medical or other research, capital improvements and much more.

May multiple people contribute?

Yes, many people may contribute in memory or honor of an individual, and they will receive a receipt for their gift. Foundation staff members can assist you in determining how you wish for the gifts to benefit the university, one of its affiliates or the Nebraska Medicine health network by sharing fund options with you. This may be done before or after the gifts are received.

How should I share information about memorial and honorary giving?

Below is suggested language you may use to share information about giving.

If you have already selected or established a fund to which gifts should be directed:

Gifts in [memory or honor] of [Name] may be made to the [Fund Name #00000000] at the University of Nebraska Foundation, P.O. Box 82555, Lincoln NE 68501-2555. Please make checks payable to the NU Foundation, include on the memo line or enclosed note that the gift is in [memory or honor] of [Name] and provide the fund name and number. Please visit nufoundation.org to make an online gift.

If you have not yet selected or established a fund to which gifts should be directed:

Donations in [memory or honor] of [Name] may be sent to the University of Nebraska Foundation, P.O. Box 82555, Lincoln NE 68501-2555. Please make checks payable to the NU Foundation and include on the memo line or enclosed note that the gift is in [memory or honor] of [Name]. Please visit nufoundation.org to make an online gift.

How do I share information about memorial and honorary giving to Nebraska Medicine?

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

Below are suggested memorial designations for Nebraska Medicine:

If you have already selected or established a fund to which gifts should be directed:

Gifts in [memory or honor] of [Name] may be made to benefit Nebraska Medicine and the [Fund Name #00000000]. Please send donations to the University of Nebraska Foundation, PO Box 82555, Lincoln NE 68501-2555. Please make checks payable to the NU Foundation, include on the memo line or enclosed note that the gift is in [memory or honor] of [Name] and provide the fund name and number. Please visit nufoundation.org to make an online gift. 

If you have not yet selected or established a fund to which gifts should be directed:

Donations in [memory or honor] of [Name] may be made to benefit Nebraska Medicine. Please send donations to the University of Nebraska Foundation, PO Box 82555, Lincoln NE 68501-2555. Please make checks payable to the NU Foundation and include on the memo line or enclosed note that the gift is in [memory or honor] of [Name]. Please visit nufoundation.org to make an online gift. 

Whom do I contact to select 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.