Impact SMWC

When you make a gift to the Woods Fund, it joins with the gifts of thousands of other alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends to make a real difference at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. It is the simplest and most important way for you to ensure SMWC is able to provide an educational experience that is both exceptional and affordable. Gifts to the Woods Fund offset current operating costs and touch every corner of campus providing funding for student scholarships, facility enhancements, faculty and staff enrichment, technology advancements, support for student services, athletics and more. Whether large or small, there is always a place for your gift.

Giving – and giving every year – makes an enormous impact. Your consistent participation enables SMWC to plan for the future with confidence. Participation also ensures that SMWC is ranked well when compared with peer institutions. The percentage of alumni who give back to their alma mater is a factor used by major national ranking publications such as U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review as an indicator of satisfaction with the education. These rankings attract applicants.

Every gift matters at SMWC. Make yours today.

Credit Cards, Checks or EFT

Use Credit and Debit Cards

Make your gift today online Give Now or call us toll free (888) 769-0013 during office hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. SMWC accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.

Write a Check

Make checks payable to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and mail to:

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Office of Advancement
PO Box 70
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876

Make an Electronic Funds Transfer

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is a convenient and cost effective way to support SMWC with an automatic deduction from your checking or savings account.

To make an electronic funds transfer, download the Electronic Funds Transfer Form or call (888) 769-0013 to request an EFT form.  Return the completed form to, or:

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Office of Advancement
PO Box 70
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876

Stock Gifts

Gift Appreciated Stock

Appreciated securities include publicly traded or closely held stock and taxable or tax-exempt bonds. Stock gifts to the Woods Fund or restricted funds may be made in any amount and the shares may be delivered to SMWC electronically. Please contact, or have your broker contact, the Advancement Office at (888) 769-0013 or (812) 535-5270. The College’s broker information for electronic transfer of gifts of securities is:

First Financial Bank, Terre Haute, IN
Carol Myers, Trust Officer
(812) 238-6218 or (800) 511-0045 x6218 (toll free)

SMWC DTC # 901
SMWC ACCT # 8429

Please include a memo stating from whom (i.e., Jane Doe, Class of 1965) the stock is transferred and that it is for the benefit of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

If you make a gift of real estate, tangible public property, or non-publicly traded securities, you will need to complete IRS Form 8283 for your personal income tax return.

IRA Rollover

Charitable IRA Rollover

If you have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and the required minimum distribution (RMD) is increasing your taxable income, consider a gift to SMWC. Tax legislation made the Charitable IRA Rollover permanent in 2015. This allows individuals who are 70 ½ to contribute up to $100K per year to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. While the IRA Rollover does not provide you with a federal charitable income tax deduction, the amount donated will not be included in your taxable income for the year. This gift must be made directly from your IRA to SMWC in order to satisfy part or all of your RMD.

Requirements and Restrictions for IRA Rollover Gifts:

  • You must be age 70 ½ or older on or before the date the IRA rollover is made.
  • The Charitable IRA Rollover gift must be sent directly from your IRA custodian.
  • The amount donated annually from one or more IRA cannot exceed $100,000 per taxpayer.
  • Gifts must be made to a qualified charity, such as Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. They may not support a donor-advised fund.
  • IRA gifts may be used to satisfy outstanding pledges to SMWC.
  • IRA gifts may not be used to fund or add to split-interest gifts, such as gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts.
  • Gifts from a traditional IRA qualify, but gifts from a 401(k), 403(b), SEP, and other retirement plans do not qualify.
  • State tax benefits vary with such gifts.
  • A Charitable IRA Rollover gift may also be referred to as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).

Instruct your IRA custodian to make a Charitable IRA Rollover gift to SMWC and make the check payable to “Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.” SMWC Tax ID number: 35-1065063.

Have your IRA custodian send your gift to:

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Office of Advancement
PO Box 70
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876

IMPORTANT: When you speak with your IRA custodian, please ensure they include information on the check that identifies you as the donor.

Recurring and Matching Gifts

Increase your gift’s impact with two easy giving opportunities at SMWC.

Recurring Gifts

Make a recurring gift and increase the impact of your annual gift without having a large impact on your annual budget.  This program allows you to choose the gift plan that works best for you.  You may spread your annual gift over 12 months, four quarters, or you may even schedule to have your gift recur at the same time annually.

See the difference smaller monthly gifts can make over the period of one year:

Monthly Gift Annual Contribution
$8.34 $100
$20.84 $250
$41.67 $500
$83.34 $1,000

To get started, choose the gift schedule, gift amount and date you would like to have your gift applied to your debit or charge card.  Visit the Give Now page to schedule your recurring gift and never miss an annual gift to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College again!

Matching Gifts

Corporate matching gifts provide an opportunity for you to double or even triple your gift to SMWC. If you or your spouse work for or are retired from a company with a matching gift company, your gift may be eligible to be matched!

Use our search tool to learn if your company offers a matching gift program in support of higher education: matching gift finder service.

Please request a matching gift form from your company’s Human Resources office and follow the directions to initiate the match. Most companies now provide this information online. Submit the completed form to the SMWC Advancement Office ( and our staff will do the rest. Questions? Call us at (888) 769-0013.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Office of Advancement
PO Box 70
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876