Donation Options

Donation Options


Make a gift online today!

You can mail donations:

Office of Advancement and University Relations
Washington Adventist University
7600 Flower Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Call 1-301-891-4125 to make a gift over the phone with a member of our team.

Please make checks payable to “Washington Adventist University.” In the check’s memo section, please designate where you would like to give your gift. Examples include: Student Scholarships, the Department of Biology, the women’s volley ball team, or student missions. Gifts received without designation will be assigned to the Annual Fund and used for the university’s greatest need.

For gifts of stock, Life Income Gifts, Bequests, Endowments or other creative ways to give please contact the Office of Advancement. We will be happy to help you make a gift!

We know there can be lots of questions about making donations. Below is some helpful information about giving to Washington Adventist University and answers to our frequently asked questions.

Are gifts tax deductible?

Yes. All gift donations to Washington Adventist University are tax deductible. For more information about tax deductable gifts please visit

Will I receive a receipt?

Yes. The Office of Advancement will send you a tax receipt. Receipts are usually mailed within one week of our office receiving a gift. Please feel free to contact our office with questions or concerns regarding your receipt.

Can I make a confidential gift?

Yes. We are happy to respect your wishes. Please identify on your donation or let our office know if you wish to remain anonymous.

Who can I call if need help making a gift?

Any of our office staff can help you make a gift. Please feel free to call us at 301-891-4133 or 301-891-4151.

What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is one of the best ways for alumni and friends to support Washington Adventist University. Donations made to the annual fund directly support our student learning experience by funding annual expenses such as scholarships, faculty development, and technology and resources. These gifts are helping us as we grow with excellence to reach Vision 2020.

Why are unrestricted gifts important?

Unrestricted gifts provide the university with the maximum flexibility to enhance our student experiences. These funds provide the university the ability to address needs that tuition revenue doesn’t cover. These funds also allow the university to strategically plan for improvements for the campus based on each year’s needs.

Where does WAU need the most support?

The number one giving priority is student scholarships. More than 90% of WAU students receive some type of financial aid. For most students, this isn’t enough to cover the entire cost of tuition. There are a several named endowments which provide scholarships to specific types of students or there is a general Alumni Scholarship fund for all students in need. You can create a named scholarship or endowment fund in honor of yourself or someone else. Please contact our office for more information about creating a named scholarship or endowment

Can I specify how my gift is will be used?

You may specify any project or department that you would like. Funds given to departments and offices are used at the digression of the departments. Any gifts given to a specific project, such as the Health Professions Building or student scholarships will be used only for those projects.

Can I make a donation for a specific student?

No. IRS regulations prevent donors from giving directly to a specific individual. Gifts can be given to projects, departments, and organizations for the benefit of the entire project, department or organization, and campus but not a specific individual.

What is the duration of the fiscal year?

The fiscal year begins July 1st and goes through June 30th. Giving societies and the annual report use fiscal year donations and not calendar year.

How Can I get more involved with fellow alumni and/or my university?

There are a number of ways alumni can get more involved. Gifts of time and talent are just as important as gifts of treasure. We encourage you to visit the alumni portion of the website, or contact the Director of Alumni Relations, Ellie Barker, at 301-891-4151 or

Can I include WAU in my will?

Yes. Our office can connect you with individuals that can help you make these arrangements.

Can a company make a gift to WAU?

Companies and organizations can make tax deductable gifts to the university. WAU also accepts any match funds from organizations that match employee contributions in full or in part.