Ways To Give

The LSST Corporation solicits and accepts gifts for purposes that will help the organization fulfill its mission to transform the scientific and societal impact of the LSST.  All donations to LSSTC are fully tax-deductable.

The most common ways to make a donation are:

  • Cash - Cash gifts are acceptable in any form, including by check, money order, electronic transfer, or online via PayPal.  Donors wishing to make a gift via PayPal by credit card must provide the card type (e.g. Visa, Mastercard, American Express), card number, CV code, expiration date, billing address, and name of the card holder as it appears on the credit card.
  • Marketable Securities – Marketable securities may be transferred electronically to an account maintained at one or more brokerage firms or delivered physically with the transferor’s endorsement or signed stock power (with appropriate medallion signature guarantees) attached. All marketable securities will be sold promptly upon receipt unless otherwise directed by the LSST Corporation’s Executive Board.

Receipts for gifts of cash will indicate the value of the cash donated.  Gifts of marketable securities, real property, and other assets will be receipted as the asset gifted, with no dollar value.  The burden of valuation for tax purposes is up to the donor for all but cash gifts.

To donate by check:

LSST Corporation
933 North Cherry Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85721

For brokerage transfers:

  1. Recipient Name: LSST, Inc. (LSST Corporation)
  2. Tax ID 56-2390650
  3. Please mark this transfer as a “Gift to Enabling Science for Students”

Please direct questions about other forms of donations, such as gifts-in-kind, tangible personal property, or gifts designated for endowments, charitable remainder trusts, insurance policies, or bequest intentions to giving@lsstc.org.

The LSST Corporation cannot accept gifts that (a) would result in the Corporation violating its corporate charter, (b) would result in the Corporation losing its status as an IRS § 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, (c) are too difficult or too expensive to administer in relation to their value, (d) would result in any unacceptable consequences for the Corporation, or (e) are for purposes outside the LSST Corporation’s mission.  Decisions on the restrictive nature of a gift, and its acceptance or refusal, shall be made by the Executive Board, in consultation with the CEO. Examples of gifts that are beyond the scope of the Corporation’s mission and ability to administer and steward, include:

  • Charitable Gift Annuities;
  • Whole-life Insurance Policies;
  • Real-Estate;
  • Charitable Remainder Lead Trusts (unless administered by an outside trustee);
  • Endowments in perpetuity or endowments without a contingency clause.

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