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The Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the foundation of Huston-Tillotson University’s fundraising program. Its monies are unrestricted and used to meet the University’s most crucial needs annually. The Annual Fund supports the mission of the University by introducing alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff to the importance of giving yearly to enhance programs and assist in the daily operations of the University.

Buy a Brick

Make your mark on the HT campus with a personalized brick on Union Plaza and Walkway. Four easy ways to order:

Mail this order form with your payment to: Huston-Tillotson University
Union Plaza and Walkway Brick Program
900 Chicon Street
Austin, TX 78702
Fax your order with credit card information to 512.505.3196.
(Please call 512.505.3073 to confirm fax orders.)
Telephone your order to 512.505.3073.
E-mail your order now.
Buying a brick is one of the many ways to make a donation to Huston-Tillotson. It’s a lasting contribution visible to everyone who visits our famous Walkway.

Establish a Scholarship

Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs staffs are available to work with you to define and establish scholarship funds. With your instructions we will compose a letter that will provide the University with specific direction to administer the fund in accordance with your intentions.

Call the Director of Alumni Affairs at 512.505.3073 for more information.

Class Reunion Gift Campaign

Your class reunion is a very special time – a time to return to campus, reunite with old friends and perhaps reconnect with a favorite professor. It is a time to remember your earlier years and reflect on everything that you have gained from your time spent in the classrooms, on the playing fields and in the residence halls of the University. It is a time to come back and most importantly, an opportunity to give back!

Planned Giving

Planned gifts give back, allowing you to take sizable income, capital gains, and estate deductions on your taxes. They can provide income for you and your family for life. In addition, planned gifts can be much larger than other gifts, so you can leave a legacy that fits your philanthropic goals.


When you make purchases from the HT bookstore not only do you show your Ram pride, but a percentage of the proceeds are returned to HT. Visit our bookstore to purchase alumni paraphernalia and other items to show your school spirit.

Naming Opportunities

Merger Walkway

An array of possibilities exists at Huston-Tillotson University for donors interested in naming opportunities. A named gift opportunity sends a strong message to our students and campus visitors. Review our existing naming opportunities. Donors are encouraged to work with Institutional Advancement to create other naming opportunities that might be more closely aligned with their special areas of interest. All namings are subject to Huston-Tillotson University President and Board of Trustees approvals.

Now is your chance to join the “Finishing the Last Mile” Annual Fund Campaign. Invest in quality academic and student life experiences for Huston-Tillotson University students. Give today by clicking the link below,  mailing your check, or downloading the Givelify app. Show your RAM pride by supporting the “Finishing the Last Mile” campaign.


More Ways to Give


Bequests are the most common and simplest way to give to Huston-Tillotson University. A bequest is a gift – of any amount – that is made through a donor’s will. Donors may include Huston-Tillotson University in their wills by simply naming the school for a specific dollar amount (legacy), specific asset or percent share of their estate. Donors may also name HT as the residual beneficiary of their estates after the payment of bequests to others.

Gift Annuities

A gift annuity agreement provides contributors who donate cash, securities, real estate or personal property with fixed annual payments for a specified period of time. Donors who choose a deferred gift annuity will begin making the annual payments at a time specified by them. Gift annuities are beneficial for donors who want to receive income from assets that have increased in value, such as cash or stocks. In exchange for gifts of such assets, donors are guaranteed a lifelong fixed annual income and avoid capital gains tax; in addition to an income tax break on a portion of the earnings from an annuity; the exact amount depends on their age.

Charitable Lead Trusts

Charitable lead trusts mostly appeal to wealthy donors who want to pass along appreciated assets to their heirs at a reduced gift or estate tax cost. These trusts allow Huston-Tillotson University to receive income from the donor’s assets for a specified time, after which the asset is returned to the donor/donor’s heirs who do not have to pay any additional taxes.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Two basic types of charitable remainder trusts – unitrust and annuity – allow you to qualify for federal tax benefits while receiving income from your stock, cash or other assets. Once you give your assets to a trust, those assets are invested, producing income for you – or another beneficiary – for either a fixed period of time or your lifetime. You may claim a tax deduction for the estimated portion of the assets that will ultimately come to Huston-Tillotson University. At the end of the trust period, HT keeps all remaining assets.

Life Insurance

Give the gift that keeps on giving by naming Huston-Tillotson University the irrevocable owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy. Below are several convenient ways to use a whole or universal policy as a charitable gift. Contributing a paid in full policy that you no longer need does not diminish your current income and may provide you with an income tax deduction for the replacement value of the policy. Your gift may also save you substantial estate taxes. You may also contribute a policy that is not paid in full and take a deduction for the “cash surrender value” of the policy. You would continue to make gifts – deductible charitable contributions – to HT to pay the premiums. You may fund a Charitable Remainder Unitrust for your spouse with life insurance. The premium payments would be partially tax deductible and the trust would provide income for your spouse after your death.

Personal Property or Real Estate

Huston-Tillotson University welcomes gifts of tangible property that further Huston-Tillotson’s educational endeavors which the University would otherwise need to purchase. Gifts of real estate can generate significant tax benefits for donors and eliminate problems that come with the settlement of estates. The gift can be for a fractional interest in the property or the entire property. Donors often transfer their property to a trust that generates income for them for life, then on to Huston-Tillotson after their death.


The Institutional Advancement Office at Huston-Tillotson, its employees, and representatives do not offer legal or financial advice. Prospective donors should consult with an attorney, financial advisor, estate planner or accountant before making arrangements.

Convenient ways to make a gift:


Supporting the University is simple. Donate to HT using the secure online method

By Mail

If you prefer to mail your gift, please make your check payable to Huston–Tillotson University and send to the following address:

Huston-Tillotson University
Institutional Advancement – Annual Fund
900 Chicon Street
Austin, Texas 78702-2795

By Fax

If you prefer to make your gift by fax, please complete the printable pledge form with your credit card number, and fax it to 512.505.3196.

By Phone

To make a gift by telephone, please call 512.505.3073 Monday–Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST. Huston–Tillotson accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and payments over the telephone.


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