How to Give

Donation Options

Make a gift online today!

Find out more about Giving Priorities.

Give by Mail

If you prefer to send a check, mail your donation to:

Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations
7600 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

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 softball team or Student Missions. Gifts received without designation will be assigned to the Annual Fund and used for the university’s greatest need.

Give by Phone

To contribute by phone, call Tanya Sweeney, Executive Director of Development, at 1-301-576-0105.

Planned Giving

Make a difference in people’s lives.  Benefit yourself, your family and Washington Adventist University with your planned gift.  Help us fulfill our mission for many years and generations to come by discovering the best planned gift to meet your goals.

  • Donating stock is not only easy, but can also provide you with substantial tax benefits.
  • A bequest, a gift made through your will or trust, is one of the most popular and flexible ways that you can support our mission.
  • A gift of life insurance is also an easy way to make a gift.
  • Donating appreciated real estate, such as a home, vacation property, undeveloped land or commercial property can make a great gift to WAU.

For more information on planned giving or to make a planned gift, call Tanya Sweeney, Executive Director of Development, at 301-576-0105 for assistance.

Donate a New or Used Vehicle

Through a partnership with Melwood National Car Donation Center, you can donate vehicles to Washington Adventist University.  Vehicle donations made to Washington Adventist University are tax deductible.

We accept any vehicle, regardless of age or condition, and you can donate from anywhere in the U.S.  They will pick up your vehicle free of charge!

Just complete our easy online donation form.  If you would prefer to speak to a Melwood representative by phone, please have your title in hand and call 1-855-527-2232.  One of their friendly operators will assist you.

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To learn more on making a vehicle donation, consult the “Donors Guide to Vehicle Donations” found in IRS Publication 4303.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 deductible 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 the office at 301-891-4125 or 301-891-4133.

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 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 will be used?

You may specify any project or department that you would like. Funds given to departments and offices are used at the discretion 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.

Can a company make a gift to WAU?

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