Ways to Give

Together with St. Ambrose you can design the gift that best defines your vision for the future.

St. Ambrose University will work with you to make giving convenient to you. We will help you explore your opportunities and connect you with the option that best meets your needs, goals, and circumstances.

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Make an Impact

No matter which avenue you choose, your gift is destined to make a long-lasting and powerful impact on St. Ambrose, our students, faculty, and programs.

We invite you to choose the method or combination of methods that can make your gift carry the most meaning to you.

Ways to Give

Annual Gifts

With an annual gift to St. Ambrose, you play an essential role in ensuring students and faculty have the best resources available to pursue their academic endeavors.

Any kind of private support is crucial and will have a positive and lasting impact on St. Ambrose University.

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This is the simplest way to contribute, and the preferred method for many of our alumni and friends. Use our easy-to-use and secure online giving site to make a gift. 

Upon completion of your gift, you will receive a receipt of your transaction via email. Retain this receipt for tax purposes.


You can mail a check made out to St. Ambrose University. Please include a note telling us how to direct your gift and send to:

St. Ambrose University
Advancement and Alumni Engagement
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

Ways to Give

Annual Scholarships

With an annual gift of $1,000 or more you can create an annual scholarship in your name. Working with Advancement staff, you can determine the criteria to have a positive and lasting impact on a student today. 

Contact Kristen Veto, Assistant Director of Donor Relations, for more information at vetokristen@sau.edu or 563.333.6293.

Monthly Giving

Recurring giving is an easy and convenient way to support St. Ambrose students throughout the year. You choose the amount you wish to give each month through your debit card, credit cardor bank account, and you can change or cancel your giving at any time.

• Get cozy! Receive a pair of the latest limited edition of SAU Bee Socks when you establish your monthly sustaining gift. Monthly donors will receive all giving incentives offered donors throughout the year.
• President's Club, now within reach! With manageable monthly increments, you may consider contributing at the leadership level to join the President's Club.
• Set it and forget it. Donations are automatically deducted monthly from your credit card or bank account. SAU employees can opt for the convenience of a monthly payroll deduction.
• It all adds up. To help you keep track, we'll send you a year-end summary of your cumulative giving. (And no more solicitations throughout the year!)

To sign up for recurring giving, visit our online giving store and chose the recurring gift option, or call us at 563-333-5737.

Multi-Year Pledges

With a pledge, you can make a big impact and have the flexibility to make payments over time.

Pledges enable a donor to plan a personal giving program that is convenient, fiscally prudent, and allows a donor to consider a more significant gift than would have otherwise been possible.

Pledges can be paid over five years on a schedule that is convenient for you. 

Memorial and Tribute gifts

Memorial and Tribute gifts are a special way to remember a loved one, friend or colleague.

Gifts can be made online, by mail, or by calling 563-333-5737. Always let us know the name of the person you are honoring.  

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching programs for employees' charitable gifts. They may double or even triple your gift.

Ask your employer, or use this link to see if your employer has a matching program.

Please contact Margaret Babbitt if you have a question about matching gifts.


St. Ambrose welcomes gifts of appreciated securities – such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds that have grown in value – as pledge payments or outright gifts.

If you would like to make a gift of stock to St. Ambrose University, review our Stock Transfer Instructions (pdf) for specific information about the process.

When you are prepared to request a stock transfer, please contact Sally Crino at 563-333-6080 and share your name, the name of the stock, and your broker. This allows for an efficient and prompt stock transfer process and acknowledgment of your gift.

Legacy Gifts

Making a legacy gift is one way to honor your love for St. Ambrose, with potential benefits for you as the donor, your heirs, and the University.

The Bishop McMullen Legacy Circle honors those who have made this choice to help St. Ambrose sustain the excellence that began in 1882.

You can learn more about these Legacy gifts and other options at our detailed Legacy Giving site.


A gift in your will or living trust is a simple, flexible, and versatile way to sustain St. Ambrose's mission for years to come.

You can name St. Ambrose University as a percentage beneficiary, for a specific dollar amount, or as a residual recipient. Learn more here.

Retirement Plan or other Beneficiary Designations

You may name St. Ambrose as a beneficiary on retirement plans and annuity policies.

Simply fill out a form that is entirely separate from your will. This easy way to give is also flexible; you can review and adjust beneficiary designations at any time. Learn more here.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

If you have built up a sizeable estate and want to receive reliable payments while supporting the University, consider arranging a charitable remainder trust.

A wide variety of trusts exists to suit your needs. Learn more here.

Charitable Gift Annuities

This method allows you to transfer assets to the University in exchange for lifetime income.

You can begin receiving payments immediately or at a future date you select. Different states have different laws governing charitable annuities.

Please contact Sally Crino at 563-333-6080 to learn the specific details of your situation, and together we can plan your gift accordingly. Learn more here.

Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life.

To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The text of this statement in its entirety was developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and adopted in November 1993.


Alumni House: 1527 Brady St.
Mailing Address: 518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6054 fax

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