Giving Today

There are many ways to give to Pacific Lutheran University. Each supports the University’s mission to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care.

Donate Online

To support PLU today, simply fill out our secure form for making a donation online.

Donate by Mail

To support by mail, print off our online form and send the completed form to the address shown with your check enclosed, made payable to Pacific Lutheran University.

Donor Advised Funds

Have a Donor Advised Fund? You can make a distribution to PLU From your DAF! When you request a grant, it’s possible that the sponsoring organization will not share your information with us. Please complete this form so we can make sure to thank you and ensure your grant gets to where it is intended.

Electronic Funds Transfer

Gifts can also be sent electronically by submitting an electronic funds transfer form via mail.

Matching Gifts

Employer matching gifts are a great way to maximize your gift to PLU. To see if your employer matches gifts to PLU, visit our Matching Gift site and search for your employer’s name.

Payroll Deduction (PLU Employees Only)

Payroll deduction is a fast and easy way for faculty and staff to support the students at PLU.

Charitable Lead Trusts

This is a current gift that will help relieve tax burdens on your heirs in the future.

Non-Cash Gifts

Information about support through other assets, current and future, can be found on our Gift Planning page. These include:

Planning for the Future


The most common future gift is a bequest, where the donor includes PLU in their will or estate plan. If you don’t have a will, you can make it in less than 20 minutes using our free tool.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

In the right circumstances, this can increase your income, reduce your taxes, unlock appreciated investments, rid you of investment worries and provide support to PLU.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Support PLU while securing income for the rest of your life!

Retirement Funds

Giving through your retirement plan can help you save money in taxes too!
If you have any questions about what kind of gift would be best for you, our Gift Planning Team would be happy to assist you through the process.

What are the tax benefits of making a gift to PLU?

PLU is a section 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization and your gift (minus the fair market value of any benefits received) is tax-deductible in the United States (and there may be tax benefits in other countries).  It’s a good idea to consult with your tax advisor or the IRS to determine if your particular tax situation will benefit from a charitable deduction.

The PLU Tax Identification Number is 91-0565571