Giving Deadlines

Stanford’s fiscal year runs September 1 to August 31, and all gifts must be received during this period to be acknowledged in our year-end donor rolls.

Fiscal-Year-End Deadlines

For those wishing to make a gift before fiscal year-end for recognition in donor rolls, see the giving deadlines listed below.

Gift Type Deadline
Online Gifts Must be made online by 11:59 pm PDT on Tuesday, August 31.
Credit Card Gifts (received by mail or phone at +1 (650) 725-4360) Must be received by Gift Processing no later than 12:00 pm PDT on Tuesday, August 31.

Gifts by U.S. Mail* (Cash/Check)

*A private mail service, such as FedEx or UPS, may be used, but the package containing the gift must be received by 12:00 pm on Tuesday, August 31.

Must be received by Stanford by 12:00 pm PDT on Tuesday, August 31.
Securities Gifts

Donors should initiate mutual fund gift transfers with brokers by Monday, August 16.

Donors should initiate securities gift transfers by Friday, August 20.

Donors should also notify the Stanford Gift Securities team at stockgifts@stanford.edu or +1 (650) 721-1917. Gifts must be received in Stanford’s brokerage account by Monday, August 23 at 5:00 pm. Gifts received after August 23 will be processed on a best-effort basis.

Wire Transfer Gifts Donors are strongly encouraged to make wire transfer gifts by Friday, August 27.

Calendar-Year-End Deadlines

For those wishing to make a gift before calendar year-end for tax purposes, see the giving deadlines listed below.

Gift Type Deadline
Online Gifts Must be made online by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on December 31
Credit Card Gifts (received by mail or phone at + 1 (650) 725-4360) All credit card gift information must be received by 3 pm Pacific Time on December 31, 2021. Any credit card gift received after that time may be designated as a 2022 gift. Per IRS rules, we cannot account for a credit card gift until the charge is made, and a 3 pm deadline ensures we can charge your card before close of business that day.

Gifts by U.S. Mail* (Cash/Check)

*The postmark date is used as your gift date. It is preferable that you use USPS if possible. Checks via a private carrier (UPS, FedEx, etc.) and checks with foreign postmarks must be received by someone at Stanford University by December 31, 2021. Unlike gifts we receive by USPS, gift dates for gifts sent by private carriers are based on when they are received by Stanford University. We also cannot use a foreign postmark as a gift date. Those gifts must also be received on campus by December 31, 2021.

Must be postmarked by December 31 to count as a 2021 gift.
Securities Gifts Check with your broker for the deadline to initiate transfers to ensure receipt by Stanford for calendar year-end. Contact the Gift Securities team directly at +1 (650) 721-1917. Donors should instruct their brokers to initiate transfers in the first week of December to ensure receipt by 12/31.  Stock gifts must be received in Stanford’s brokerage account by close of business (6 p.m. Eastern Time) on December 31, 2021, in order to qualify as a charitable donation this tax year. During the holidays, brokerage firms do not guarantee transfer in 2021 for requests made after certain dates. Please confirm 2021 transfer cut-off dates with your broker.
Wire Transfer Gifts Must be received by Stanford by 11:59 pm PST on December 31.

Corporate Matching

Many employers give generously to nonprofit educational institutions by matching employees’ annual charitable contributions.

Find out if your company matches gifts to Stanford GSB by visiting the Stanford University matching gift company directory.