Hillsdale College statue of Thomas Jefferson during autumn.

Pursuing Truth. Defending Liberty. Since 1844.

Hillsdale College is widely recognized as one of the finest, private liberal arts colleges in America.

Hillsdale does not accept federal or state taxpayer funding for any purpose, including student financial aid. Abiding by the motto, “Pursuing Truth and Defending Liberty Since 1844,” the College upholds its independence with the help of private funding—gifts, pledges, planned gifts, and grants—that provides gift income to meet annual expenses not covered by tuition revenues and endowment earnings.

You can help ensure that this unique college exists for generations of students yet to come, whether you choose to get involved or are looking for ways to give. Please join us in our noble mission.

Online Donations

Use our online donation form as a secure and convenient way to support Hillsdale.

Donate Online

Credit Card Donations

Please use our secure online form or call (517) 437-7341. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Diner’s Club.

Mail Donations

Make your personal or business check or money order payable to Hillsdale College, and mail it to:

attn: Institutional Advancement
Hillsdale College
33 E College Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242

If you use a Hillsdale College business-reply envelope, please affix first-class postage for faster processing by the Post Office.

Stocks and Mutual Funds

To transfer securities electronically from a brokerage account, you will need the following information:

Morgan Stanley
DTC# 0015
Federal Tax Number: 38-1374230
Hillsdale College Account #949-131446

On the date of transfer, call (517) 607-2239, or fax the information to (517) 607-2657. Send all correspondence to:

Attn: Treasurer’s Office
Hillsdale College
33 E College Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242

Using this free and secure tool from our partner, FreeWill, you can donate appreciated stocks directly to Hillsdale.

IRA Charitable Rollover / QCD

Individuals aged 70 ½ or older may contribute up to $100,000 per year directly from an IRA to a qualified charitable organization, such as Hillsdale College.

When transmitting your QCD, please include your name and address on the check, wire transfer or corresponding documentation. Checks should be made payable to Hillsdale College, Tax ID 38-1374230. Please mail your check to Hillsdale College, Attn. Gift Processing Dept., 33 E. College Street, Hillsdale, MI 49242. Using this free and secure tool from our partner, FreeWill, you can print out blank forms to be completed and returned to your financial custodian.


Pledges (extending from a few months to several years) can be made in writing and mailed to:

attn: John Cervini
Institutional Advancement
Hillsdale College
33 E College Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242

Please print clearly and in full your name, mailing address, and telephone number. State the full amount of the pledge, your payment schedule, and the amount and date of each pledge payment.  You may designate your pledge to general operations or to a specific program or project.

The Advancement Office will send you a pledge reminder if you request it.

Estate Gifts / Bequests

If you would like to include Hillsdale College in your estate, please include the following information in your will and/or trust along with your desired designation: Hillsdale College, Tax ID: 38-1374230, 33 E. College Street, Hillsdale, MI 49242.

To make the process of legacy giving easy, Hillsdale College has partnered with FreeWill to provide our community with a free estate planning tool. FreeWill’s secure online tool empowers you to write a legally valid will or trust in about 20 minutes. As you write your will, FreeWill presents you with the opportunity to make a planned gift to Hillsdale College on your terms.


If you have an IRA, 401(k), life insurance policy, or any other assets not included in your will, you can designate Hillsdale College as a beneficiary and make a generational impact on our learning environment. Learn more and get started with our partner FreeWill.

Planned Gifts

Knowledgeable professionals in the Gift and Estate Planning Office stand ready to assist you in exploring the many tax-wise options available for supporting the College’s mission of independence, such as bequests, IRA rollovers, charitable remainder unitrusts (CRUT), charitable remainder annuity trusts (CRAT), and gift annuities.

Please visit our website for more information.

Matching Gifts

If you work for, or are retired from, a company with a matching gift program, your gift may be eligible for a match.

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View List of Matching Gift Companies

Donor Advised Funds

If you are planning for a charitable tax deduction but are undecided about making specific distributions, consider opening a Donor Advised Fund.

The minimum gift for a Donor Advised Fund at Hillsdale College is $2,000. Please contact us for more information.

Please click here for more information.

Life Insurance

If you wish to explore this practical method of supporting Hillsdale, you can receive a beneficial charitable contribution deduction in the year of transfer. To discuss this option, please contact us.

Real Estate

The Gift and Estate Planning Office can also assist you with a donation of a personal residence, farm, vacation home, commercial property, or other real estate, which can provide you with tax savings and other benefits. Please contact us to learn more.

Memorial Gifts

If you wish to honor the memory of a family member or friend by making a contribution to Hillsdale College, please write us at the above address and include the name of the individual you are honoring. Please state the designation of the gift if you wish. We will contact the family to let them know a donation has been made.

Year-End Giving

Contributions are deductible in the year they are made, so be sure to make your gift by December 31.

Mailed checks must be post-marked on or before December 31. If you use a Hillsdale College business-reply envelope, it will help to add the appropriate postage for faster processing by the Post Office.

Credit Card gifts must be charged before midnight December 31.  If you mail in a credit card contribution, be sure to send it well in advance of December 31.

Gifts of stock and real estate are more complex, so be sure to initiate these early.