Office of Institutional Advancement


How do I get in touch with someone for assistance?

You can call the Office of Institutional Advancement at (470) 639-0355 or send an email to

How can I find out if my company has a matching gifts program?

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Please contact your Human Resources Department for more information on your matching gift submission process.

Can I make a donation in-kind?

Alternative non-monetary gifts such as equipment or books are always appreciated. Please call 470-639-0355 or send an email to for more information on making such a donation. 

What is alumni participation?

Alumni participation is an annual metric calculated using a simple formula:

(Number of Alumni Donors in Current Fiscal Year)

divided by

(Total Number of Contactable Alumni)

So, let's unpack that a little bit:

  • First, this calculation is done each fiscal year. Morehouse College operates on a July 1 to June 30 fiscal year.
  • Alumni donors are any alumni that make a charitable contribution directly to Morehouse College
  • Total number of contactable alumni is the total number of the living Morehouse alumni population subtracting out anyone that is unable to be contacted. You are unable to be contacted if you have no valid address AND no valid phone number AND no valid email address.

What is an endowment?

Once established, an endowment is a dependable and perpetual source of support. An endowment is a fund established by gift in which the donor has imposed the restriction that the principal remain intact; only income and growth from the principal can be used to support the stated purpose of the fund.  

There are several endowments already established at Morehouse College, including the Morehouse Unrestricted Endowment Fund and the Morehouse General Endowed Scholarship Fund. To search for a particular endowed fund to support, click here to search for available funds at Morehouse College.

Are you interested in establishing an endowment? One of the most meaningful ways for Morehouse to recognize significant gifts to the College is by naming endowed funds. A minimum gift of $50,000 is needed to establish a new endowment. 

For more information about establishing an endowmentAssociate Vice President for Principal Gifts at Morehouse College, at or (470) 639-0311.

Can I sign up for a recurring gift to Morehouse College?

Recurring donors provide Morehouse College with a consistent source of support. Thank you for considering signing up as one of our most loyal donors to provide critical aid at a recurring interval. On any of our giving forms you can select "RECURRING" as the Gift Type:

You'll then be able to specify key details such as the start date and frequency:

Please note: All subsequent recurring gift payments are processed on the 15th of the month. If you have any questions, please call (470) 639-0355 or send an email to

Can I use a donor-advised fund to support Morehouse College?

A donor-advised fund (or DAF), which is like a charitable savings account, gives you the flexibility to recommend how much and how often money is granted to Morehouse College and other charities.  A donor-advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Morehouse College or other charities.

You transfer cash or other assets to a tax-exempt sponsoring organization such as a public foundation. You can then recommend—but not direct—how much and how often money is granted. In addition, you avoid the cost and complexities of managing a private foundation.

In return, you qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction at the time you contribute to the account. This also allows for a centralized giving and record-keeping system in one location.


  1. Evaluate a sponsoring organization to make sure it supports your interests, values, and the type of asset you are considering as a funding source.
  2. Get to know the organization's policies and procedures-from minimum contributions to administrative fees. Each organization handles these details differently.
  3. Contact James Shaw, Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts at Morehouse College, at or (470) 639-0311 to discuss using donor-advised funds to support Morehouse and our mission.
  4. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  5. If you include Morehouse in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Morehouse College
Address: 830 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
Federal Tax ID Number: 58-0566205

How can I learn about planned giving opportunities?

Planned giving is a meaningful and savvy way to leave a legacy at Morehouse College. There are a great number of vehicles available for planned giving. For more information on planned giving, contact Associate Vice President for Development, James Shaw, at

Can I send in a check via mail?

Absolutely! If you'd prefer to send a check, simply download the pledge/gift form by clicking here. Please mail the completed giving form and check (if applicable) to:

Morehouse College
Office of Institutional Advancement
830 Westview Dr. SW
Atlanta GA 30314

Can I make a gift in memory or honor of someone?

Honoring a family member, friend, classmate, or faculty member with a gift is a touching way to pay tribute to a loved one. When donating in tribute to an individual or group select the "In tribute" button on the donation form and follow the prompts. 

Step 1: On the giving form select this check box:

Step 2: Let us know who the gift is celebrating:

What happens to my gift if it is unrestricted?

Annual gifts of all sizes, particularly unrestricted donations, are a critical source of support for Morehouse College. Unrestricted gifts are applied to the area of greatest need—without limitations to their use. These funds are in large part committed to critical areas such as scholarshipsfaculty developmentinfrastructure, and technology. They also provide the President with important latitude to undertake new initiatives, plan for long-term financial stability, and meet unanticipated needs.

Tuition is so expensive, doesn't it cover most expenses?

Tuition does not cover most expenses. The actual cost of a Morehouse education greatly exceeds tuition, so Morehouse often subsidizes the overwhelming majority of students. In fact, Morehouse College has a discounted tuition rate of more than 40% (approximately $25M annually). And much of this discounting is unfunded, which means this aid has no revenue source and represents tuition revenue foregone to incentivize enrollment and ensure accessibility.

Why are unrestricted gifts important?

Unrestricted gifts enable Morehouse College to allocate funds to the area of greatest immediate need. Annual gifts of this nature provide essential year-to-year support for financial aid, faculty development, infrastructure, and technology. Unrestricted gifts provide a necessary source of cash flow to keep the school operating and are critical to sustaining the Morehouse Mission. 

Did you know that only 10% of the fundraising revenue received by the College is unrestricted? This poses a challenge to our ability to be need-blind in admissions, provide faculty support, and keep up with facilities and technology needs. 

Your unrestricted gift of any size today makes a big impact and goes to work immediately! 

What is the Morehouse College Tax ID?
There are times you may need to include the following legal information when making gift arrangements:

Legal Name: Morehouse College
Address: 830 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
Federal Tax ID Number: 58-0566205

How can I make a gift using appreciated securities?

Securities and mutual funds that have increased in value and been held for more than one year are some of the most popular assets to use when making a gift to Morehouse College. Making a gift of securities or mutual funds to us offers you the chance to support our work while realizing important benefits for yourself.

When you donate appreciated securities or mutual funds you have held more than one year to us in support of our mission, you can reduce or even eliminate federal capital gains taxes on the transfer. You may also be entitled to a federal income tax charitable deduction based on the fair market value of the securities at the time of the transfer.

When you donate securities to Morehouse, you receive the same income tax savings that you would if you wrote us a check, but with the added benefit of eliminating capital gains taxes on the transfer, which can be as high as 20%.


  1. Contact James Shaw, Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts at Morehouse College, at or (470) 639-0311 for additional information on appreciated securities.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include Morehouse in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Morehouse College
Address: 830 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
Federal Tax ID Number: 58-0566205

Why does alumni participation matter?

Participation rates can have a major impact on institutional reputation. U.S. News & World Report considers undergraduate alumni participation rates as a barometer of alumni satisfaction and factors them into its rankings. Rankings create reputation, reputation affects enrollment, and enrollment affects tuition revenue. Overall giving rates to all schools, including Morehouse, are factored in national rankings.

Why is your participation so important? Annual gifts help ensure the continued excellence of the Morehouse experience. Plus, participation sends a message to the world about the quality of the Morehouse degree and alumni success:

  • Value of a Morehouse degree: Parents and prospective students look at national rankings and alumni participation rates as indications of how satisfied alumni are with the school and the quality of the degree. Think of a diploma as if it were a stock certificate. As the quality of the institution grows, so does the value of your degree!
  • National ranking: U.S. News and World Report uses participation rates when calculating rankings. Right now, Morehouse's overall alumni giving rates are lower than that of other HBCUs and liberal arts institutions, but you can change that!
  • Financial strength: Annual giving is an essential resource for the College. Corporations and foundations look to alumni participation rates as a key measure of alumni satisfaction in their alma mater because they believe their philanthropic research dollars should go to an institution with proven results.