Ways to Give

Ways to give today

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

Secure Online Donation

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

Donate by Mail

To support by mail, you may print off our online form. Send the completed form to the address shown with your credit card information or check.

Electronic Funds Transfer

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

Payroll Deduction (PLU Employees Only)

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

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

Giving is Easy

Contributions can be made online or in a variety of other ways.

Shop To Give

Shop at AmazonSmile and a portion of your purchase price will be donated to Pacific Lutheran University! Simply visit: smile.amazon.com, sign in with your Amazon account, shop, and support PLU!

Matching Gifts

Corporate matching gifts are a great way for Pacific Lutheran University alumni, parents, and friends to maximize contributions to the University and increase the impact of their gift. To see if your company matches gifts, please visit: PLU’s Matching Gift site and search for your company’s name.

Use Thrivent Choice Dollars

Members of Thrivent Financial can use Choice Dollars to support Pacific Lutheran University. For more information, please visit Thrivent Choice by clicking here.