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Ways to Give

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The generosity of alumni and friends who believe in our mission allow the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine to prepare students for life and practice, foster a skilled physician workforce for rural Appalachia and make critical medical research advancements. There are many ways you can give back to the School of Medicine that fit your needs, interests and philanthropic goals.

For more information about how your gift can help move the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine forward, contact Linda Holmes, director of development and alumni affairs at 304-691-1711 or

New Charitable Gift Tax Deductions 

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed in March includes two provisions that provide tax incentives for 2020:

  1. Donors who do not itemize deductions on their taxes can now deduct up to $300 in cash gifts. 
  2. Donors of cash gifts can now deduct up to 100 percent of their adjusted gross income (does not apply to gifts contributed to donor-advised funds).

Annual Loyalty Giving

Being a loyal donor means providing ongoing support to the School of Medicine. Each year, thousands of alumni and friends of the School of Medicine give back. Gifts of any and every size make a difference.   

During 2019-2020, we're honoring someone very special through our annual loyalty fund gifts--Ms. Cindy Warren. Since 1977, Cindy has admitted every single student to the Marshall School of Medicine. More than that, though, she guided and helped them successfully navigate admission to medical school and was the voice on the other side of the phone sharing the news of their acceptance. She is, undoubtedly, one of the most influential and revered individual in a student's medical school journey and has faithfully served our school for 41 years.  

Consistent with university guidelines, our goal is to raise $100,000 to name the Cindy A. Warren Conference Room on the second floor of the Marshall University Medical Center, with the money designated for medical student scholarships.

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Major Gifts

Substantial gifts help build a solid foundation for the future of the medical school.  

Named Endowments
Named endowments in memory or honor of an individual, family, group or organization can be established with a minimum gift of $25,000. Endowed gifts offer a permanent tribute to loved ones or those who have enriched your life while supporting important initiatives such as scholarships, professorships, research, lectures, facilities or faculty development. 

These contributions to the School of Medicine are invested by The Marshall University Foundation Inc., and earnings are available annually for the purpose designated by the donor. 

Estate Planning
If you are considering the School of Medicine in your estate planning, we may be able to assist with reducing your tax liability or offer information about gifts of stock, securities, property, life insurance or tangible items such as art or books. Learn more about estate planning.

Download Sample Bequest Language for your School of Medicine gift.

Matching Gifts

More than 1,000 corporations and foundations in the U.S. match their employees’ gifts to higher education. Search our matching gift database to find out if your company offers a matching gift program.

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send in your completed form with your gift. We will take care of the rest.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts

Gifts in memory or honor of an individual, group, family or organization may be designated for scholarships, special programs or greatest needs. 

Payroll Deduction

Marshall University and Marshall Health employees can make charitable contributions to the School of Medicine via payroll deduction. Gifts of any size make a difference and help provide ongoing support to the School of Medicine. Download the Marshall University payroll deduction form, the Marshall Health payroll deduction form or contact your payroll administrator for more information.