Your contribution goes right to work to educating the next generation of civic leaders. By receiving a comprehensive and transformative experience, students will not only be able to impact St. Louis today, but also will be prepared to impact other communities tomorrow as alumni. Here are just a few examples of what your support can do:

$50 or more supports events that encourage civic engagement, such as voter registration drives and need-based grants through our Civic Engagement Fund.

$100 or more underwrites programs through the Small Change grants with the Civic Engagement Fund, which enables students to do things such as mentor youth or plan philanthropic events, thereby building long-term relationships within the community.

$500 or more provides for more significant Capacity-Building Grants through the Civic Engagement Fund, doing everything from helping a faculty member incorporate community-based teaching and learning into courses to providing students and student groups with the ability to form community partnerships of lasting impact.

$1,000 or more supports student-led service trips to support communities locally, nationally and around the world.

$4,000 or more provides a stipend for an unpaid student intern to help nonprofits in critical areas of health care, education and more.

$5,000 or more provides a scholarship for the Civic Scholars program, a cohort-based curriculum that allows students to develop their civic leadership potential and implement a substantial civic project.

$10,000 or more enables nonprofit and community organizations to be connected to important university resources, such as student volunteers, faculty expertise and long-term partnerships.

Online Giving

Gifts to the Gephardt Institute’s Annual fund may be processed securely online (by credit card only).

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Contributing By Check

Please make your check payable to Washington University, note that it is for the Gephardt Institute, and send to:
Scott Ward
Executive Director of Development for University Initiatives
Campus Box 1060
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63130-4899

Contributing By Credit Card

Please send a note with your credit card number, expiration date, name as it appears on the card and indicate the amount you wish to give. It is important to have a signature on this note verifying your request. Please send to the above address.


Major gifts to the Gephardt Institute may be pledged over a 2 to 5-year period. If you are interested in a pledge, please contact Scott Ward at

Gifts of Securities or Stock

Giving appreciated securities that have been held more than 12 months allows you to claim a charitable deduction while avoiding capital gains tax. The extra tax savings you realize could make it possible for you to make a larger gift than you might have planned.

Planned Giving

By participating in planned giving, the Gephardt Institute can count on your continued support to provide valuable public service programs, service learning opportunities, and assistance to students for years to come. All gifts to the Gephardt Institute are fully tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes, and subject to any limitations placed on charitable gifts.

For more information, please contact Scott Ward, Executive Director of Development for University Initiatives, at 314-935-3608 or by email.