Ways to Give

There are a variety of convenient ways to give to McMurry University. Whether your gift is annual, endowed, or planned, it makes an impact on current as well as future students and faculty.

What defines McMurry’s liberal arts education is made possible because of gifts from donors like you. You’re investing in the people and programs at McMurry that will impact the generations to come. These gifts, large and small, make a difference, collectively and individually. Discover additional opportunities to give and enrich your donor experience. McMurry donors empower the University to undertake ambitious efforts heading into our second century.


Endowments are a powerful investment in McMurry’s future, as they deliver a dependable, perpetual source of funding. Endowed gifts are unique because they are invested, and each year a percentage of the return is made available to the university to support critical initiatives. Earnings from the general endowment of the University keep tuition costs down and help McMurry operate more efficiently by easing fluctuation in tuition income. Gifts of any size can be made to the general endowment; however, new endowments can be created with a minimum gift of $25,000.

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There are many options for leaving your legacy through planned gifts to McMurry University.

  • Bequests through a will or trust.
  • Designating McMurry University as the beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy.
  • Utilizing a gift model such as a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, or IRA rollover.
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CHECK: Please make your check payable to McMurry University. Sign, seal, and mail the old-fashioned way.

McMurry University
Division of Institutional Advancement
1 McMurry University #938
Abilene, TX 79606

CASH: Please come by our office at:

McMurry University
C.E. Maedgen Administration Building
2149 McMurry Court, Suite 204
Abilene, TX 79605

PHONE: Call 325-793-4763  to make a credit card gift over the phone.

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Support McMurry in other ways including:

  • Securities: Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • Mineral Interests: Oil, gas, water and other mineral interests
  • Real Estate: Present and future interests
  • In-kind: Tangible property such as art, books, and technology

For more information and guidance:

Josh Poorman ’09
Executive Director of Development 

Gifts of Assets

Scholarships, faculty chairs and professorships, campus facilities, and other gift options may be named after special individuals. Gifts may also be made by a donor or group to honor or memorialize a loved one.

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Garrison Campus Center


Shirley L. and Mildred Garrison United Methodist Student Center

Among McMurry’s needs at the dawn of our second century, none is more pressing than an expansion and modernization of the Shirley L. and Mildred Garrison United Methodist Student Center. It has served the University well since its completion in 1979. Our imperative to THRIVE requires a new building that fits the needs of McMurry’s students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It must excite, inspire, and engage them — a structure that serves, both symbolically and functionally, as the heart of campus.

Pug Davenport Parris Centennial Garden

Centennial Garden

The Centennial Garden was established for the McMurry family and the Abilene community to enjoy!  Maintenance of the garden requires work and funding.  If you would like to support the efforts to ensure this garden is enjoyed by future generations, here are ways you can participate:


If you like to garden, we welcome your involvement.  You may adopt one of the iris beds, which consists of regular visits to take care of the weeding around the irises and report occasionally on the status of your irises (new growth, lost rhizomes, etc.)  A sign naming you as the adopter will be placed in your bed.

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Your Gifts at Work

As a donor, you make a difference in the education of students at McMurry. You allow them to fulfill dreams, succeed in the classroom and do good. You create equity and inclusion in education. Nearly 80 percent of McMurry students receive financial support to fund their education. Because of you, McMurry graduates go on to make positive changes in businesses, communities, churches, schools, and beyond.

Division of Institutional Advancement Staff

Michael Hutchison '87 Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Joshua Poorman '09 Executive Director of Development
Lauren Bridwell '19 Director of Annual Giving
Sarah Martin Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations
Teri Sura-Childers Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Emily Jacques Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship
Hailee Reeder '17 Events Coordinator
Room Requests for Campus Employees
Denise Mattie Director of Advancement Services
Katelyn Scott '97 Director for Alumni Engagement
Tabitha Wilson Assistant Director for Alumni Engagement
Nancy Smith '79 Centennial Coordinator