NEW LAW: Special rule for contributions in 2020 only!

For cash contributions you make in 2020, you are allowed to deduct up to 100% of your adjusted gross income.  And, even if you do not itemize your deductions in 2020, you still can reduce your taxable income by up to $300 to offset cash contributions. Learn more about the CARES Act

Some of the most common ways to make a gift to Bucknell University are to write a check, make a gift using a credit card or donate online.

A gift of cash could be right for you if:

  • You want the easiest way to donate to Bucknell University 
  • You want the largest possible income tax charitable deduction for your gift
  • You would like to make the gift to Bucknell University that has the greatest immediate impact

How it works
You make a gift of cash directly to Bucknell University and you receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction.

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What is an outright gift of cash?
An outright gift of cash is when you transfer funds to Bucknell University and get nothing of financial value in return. The most common way for donors to make an outright gift is to write a check payable to Bucknell University.

Gift provides immediate support
Unlike some other gift arrangements, your outright gift will provide resources that Bucknell University can put to immediate use. If you prefer to restrict our use of your gift in any way, please contact us so that we can be sure that we can carry out your wishes.   

Maximum tax savings
You may deduct the full amount of your donation up to 60% of your adjusted gross income, providing tax savings if you itemize. You may carry forward all of your unused deduction for up to five additional years.

Ways to give cash
Most donors make an outright gift by writing a check payable to Bucknell University and mailing it to us. You may also make a cash gift using your credit card.


Jennifer would like to make an immediate $15,000 gift to Bucknell University. Jennifer could write a check for this amount and earn a charitable deduction equal to $15,000. Alternatively, Jennifer could make a gift using her credit card by calling us on the phone, responding to a mailing, or by donating online through our website. Gifts of checks and gifts made via credit cards are considered cash gifts.


  • Jennifer may deduct up to 60% of her adjusted gross income for her gift of cash, providing tax savings if she itemizes
  • If Jennifer itemizes deductions but cannot use the entire deduction in the year of gift, she may carry the balance forward for up to five additional years.
  • Assuming Jennifer itemizes deductions and can use her entire income tax charitable deduction of $15,000, she will save her $5,550 (37% tax)
  • Jennifer will gain the satisfaction of making a $15,000 gift to Bucknell University


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