Coronavirus Important Updates

Alumni and friends have a wide range of options for creating the legacy they envision at Seton Hill. We want to help you maximize your impact through gift opportunities that enhance both your gift to the university and your tax benefits.

Qualified Charitable Distributions

Qualified Charitable Distributions enable you to give up to $100,000 per year from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as Seton Hill without having to pay income taxes on the distribution. For those 72 and older the distribution also counts toward your required minimum distribution.

Donor Advised Funds

A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is like a personal, charitable investment account that gives you the flexibility to recommend how much, how often, and when gifts can be made to a qualified charity like Seton Hill University. 

Why consider a DAF?

• They are easy to establish.

• Donors can use a wide variety of assets to fund a DAF and can add to it at any time.

• They offer the convenience of a centralized charitable giving account.

• Donors qualify for an immediate income tax deduction with each contribution to their DAF.

• A donor can avoid capital gain taxes. 

Gifts of Stock and Other Appreciated Assets

You may be able to make your charitable dollars go further by donating appreciated securities, such as publicly traded stock, bonds or mutual funds, while claiming a tax deduction for the full market value of the securities and avoiding paying capital gains taxes on the transfer.

Click here for assistance on transferring stock certificates.

Wills and Beneficiary Designations

There are many ways to support Seton Hill’s future that do not affect you and your family during your lifetime. Naming the University in your will with specific gifts of cash, property, or a percentage of your estate may reduce inheritance taxes and provide a tax deduction for your estate.  

Donating retirement plan assets could be the most cost-effective gift you can make.


• Name Seton Hill as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), or other qualified plan.

• Designate Seton Hill to receive all or a portion of the balance of your plan through your plan administrator.

• The balance in your plan passes to Seton Hill after your death. 


•Avoid the double taxation your retirement savings would incur if you designated your heir(s) as beneficiary(ies).

• Continue to take regular lifetime withdrawals.

• You can make adjustments as your family’s needs change.

Outright Gifts

Cash gifts as well as pledge payments can be made by check or credit card. To make a donation, you can click the “Donate Today” button below, send by mail, or contact, Lisa Carino, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement, 724-838-2409, or by email,, or contact the Annual Fund Hotline at 1-877-SHU-GIFT (1-877-748-4438). 

Monthly Giving and Electronic Debit

You may be able to make a gift to Seton Hill that is greater than what you thought possible if you take advantage of the University’s Electronic Debit Program by indicating so through the Donation page found here.

Checks should be made payable to Seton Hill University and all gifts will be receipted within 48 hours of acceptance. Please note any special instructions or designations with your gift.