Other Ways to Give

In addition to making a gift online or by mail, there are other ways you can give to the School of Humanities, including:

Honorary Gifts

Honorary gifts can be a thoughtful way to show your appreciation for someone or for commemorating a significant event. Contributions can be made using our secure online form or mailed to the address listed below.

Those being honored will be notified of your gift; so please include the name and address of the honoree so that we may notify them of your thoughtfulness.

Rice University
Office of Development, MS 81
c/o Emily Stein
PO BOX 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Memorial Gifts

Memorial gifts can help ensure a person's legacy will continue or honor the wishes of the departed. These gifts may be made using our secure online giving form or mailed to the address listed below in the sample obituary language.

Please include the name of the memorialized, along with the name and address of the individual(s) to whom you would like acknowledgement sent.

For those who would like to include donation information for the Rice University School of Humanities in an obituary, please see the sample language below:

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be designed to the preferred Rice University School of Humanities fund, department, center, program, area. These gifts may be made online or mailed to:

Rice University
Office of Development, MS 81
c/o Emily Stein
PO BOX 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

For more information or to discuss gift opportunities, please contact:

Emily Stein
Senior Director of Development
School of Humanities
Rice University
713-348-3424 | ems12@rice.edu

Gifts of Securities

Thank you for considering a gift of securities in support of the Rice University School of Humanities. It is almost always to your advantage to contribute long-term appreciated securities directly to Rice, rather than selling them and donating the proceeds of the sale. Why?

  • You may be able to claim the full market value of donated shares as a charitable deduction on your income tax.
  • You may be able to avoid paying capital gains tax on the increase in the value of your shares given to Rice.

Please consult your tax professional for more information.

To contribute securities directly to Rice, please notify us of your intentions to transfer stock so we may identify, allocate and acknowledge your gift. To do so, please contact:

Melanie Boyd
Email: mboyd@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-5800
Fax: 713-348-5166

Mailing address:

Rice University
Office of Development, MS 81
c/o Melanie Boyd
PO BOX 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

If your securities reside with a bank, trust, brokerage house or corporation: please complete the Stock Instruction Letter, send the original to your broker, and send a copy of it to Rice. If your broker requires the use of their form, please send a copy to Rice, along with a note indicating the designation of your gift.

If you hold the paper certificates: please mail the unsigned stock certificates and a completed Stock and Bond Power form, and a Stock Transfer form to Rice. The stock certificates should be certified mailed separately — and at the same time — to the mailing address above. Please include a note indicating the designation of your gift as well.

If the stock is registered in more than one name, each person must sign the forms.

If you are giving more than one type of stock, a Stock and Bond Power form is needed for each stock.

Note: Raymond James & Associates Inc. is Rice's primary broker and will accept securities from any financial institution.

Gifts via Electronic Transfer

Donors may wish to make a gift to Rice University via electronic transfer, which may be especially convenient for international donors.

If you would like to make a gift via an electronic transfer, please contact Melanie Boyd at mboyd@rice.edu for detailed bank instructions.

To ensure proper and timely credit of your gift, please send a copy of the electronic transfer instructions to Melanie Boyd once the transfer has been completed through your financial institution. Send a copy, via:


Rice University
Office of Development, MS 81
c/o Melanie Boyd
PO BOX 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Email: mboyd@rice.edu

Corporate Matching Gifts

Corporate matching gifts are a great way for Rice University alumni, parents and friends to maximize personal contributions and increase the impact of their gift. By taking advantage of a company's matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of a contribution.

To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please contact your Human Resources office or enter your employer's name in our Matching Gift form.

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IRA Charitable Rollover

Congress has made the provision for IRA charitable rollover gifts permanent, which allows individuals age 70 1/2 or older to make tax-free gifts totaling up to $100,000 from a traditional IRA account directly to Rice. This enables you to:

  • Satisfy your minimum required distribution.
  • Exclude the distribution from your gross income.
  • Fulfill an annual gift or outstanding pledge.
  • Support your favorite passions at Rice, including establishing an endowed fund or scholarship.

If you are considering an IRA charitable rollover gift of up to $100,000 and will be 70 1/2 or older, please contact Jill Hughes'79 at the Office of Gift Planning: 713-348-6206 or giftplan@rice.edu.

Please note: Per the Internal Revenue Service, to qualify for tax-free treatment, you may not receive any goods or services, for example, parking, membership benefits, gala tickets, improved seating, etc., in return for your IRA distribution.

Other Ways to Give

In addition to outright gifts of cash and securities, there are other ways to give that may be more suitable to your needs and objectives. For information about gifts that provide you with payments for life and benefit Rice later or gifts that cost you nothing now and benefit Rice later, please contact the Gift Planning team.

To create your future Rice legacy, our team is here to assist you with:

  • Gifts to Rice in your will or revocable management trust.
  • Beneficiary designations for your retirement plan or life insurance to benefit Rice.
  • Charitable gift annuities.
  • Charitable trusts.
  • Gifts of real estate, mineral interests, business interests, closely held stock and personal property.

To learn about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impacts charitable giving, click here. For more information about To Rice Be True, our bold gift planning initiative, visit giftplan.rice.edu/toricebetrue or contact a member of our Gift Planning team at 713-348-4624 or giftplan@rice.edu.

Faculty and Staff Giving: For Rice. By Rice.

As a Rice employee, you are part of what makes Rice one of the top universities in our country and why Rice is consistently ranked as one of Houston's best places to work. Thank you for considering a gift to our university, where you can support the cause or department that you are most passionate about at Rice.


You may give online to any area in the School of Humanities by using our secure online giving form.


Give conveniently through one-time or ongoing payroll deduction by visiting Esther.


Submit this form by campus mail to Faculty and Staff Giving - MS 83.


Contact Nick Stinson at the Rice Annual Fund at 713-348-4427 or nstinson@rice.edu.

To discuss future gifts to Rice of your retirement plan assets, life insurance or gifts through your will or revocable trust, contact the Office of Gift Planning at 713-348-4624 or learn more here.