Ways to Give

Your generosity expands access for future Ambrosians to obtain a St. Ambrose education, advances interdisciplinary excellence in the classroom and empowers students and faculty to positively impact local and global communities.

We invite you to choose the method or combination of methods that can make your gift carry the most meaning to you. The easiest way to make your gift may be using our online giving form. However, SAU is able to accept gifts of several types and methods and will work with you to make your gift in a way that best suits your needs.

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The Ambrose Annual Fund is a powerful source of current-use, unrestricted funding that supports the full range of extraordinary learning, service and experiential opportunities at Ambrose.

Ways to Give

Annual Gifts

At the start of a fiscal and academic year, the Ambrose Annual Fund looks forward to helping our students explore, learn and achieve. 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.

Join us in providing resources that will help these talented Bees reach their full potential.

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ONLINE GIVING - 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. 

Our new giving site accepts, in addition to major credit cards, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay and GooglePay! 

RECURRING GIFTS - Set it and forget it! In addition to one time giving, you can choose to set up a recurring donation to support our Bees throughout the year on the online giving site

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


You can mail us 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
Institutional Advancement
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

Stock Transfer

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.

When you are prepared to request a stock transfer, please call a member of the Advancement team at 563-333-6030 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.

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

Matching Gifts are a great way for Ambrose alumni, parents, and friends to maximize their personal contributions to SAU and increase the impact of their gift. By taking advantage of a company or organization's matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of a contribution.

Visit our Matching Gifts page and find out if a particular employer, organization or foundation will match your gift.

Please contact Megan Tarasi if you have a question about matching gifts.

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 us at 563-333-6080 to share 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.


Advancement & Alumni Office
McMullen Hall, lower level
Mailing Address: 518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6054 fax

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