Giving Opportunities

A gift to social work education is an investment in your tomorrow, today.

Today: Social work students in the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs:
Learn theory and practice in our nationally-ranked, accredited program;
Provide nearly 200,000 hours of service annually to over 300 local social service agencies; and
Conduct research that impacts policy decisions within our state and beyond.
Your tomorrow: You will quite likely come face-to-face with a social worker one day, if you haven’t already. Our graduates work in schools, hospitals, and courts; they establish social service organizations, direct advocacy efforts, and lead human service programs. In short, our College of Social Work graduates will be there when you need them.

We invite you to invest in them—and your tomorrow—today.

Give back to the College of Social Work


The College of Social Work, through its research, curriculum, and programs, is continually growing in order to respond to expanding local, national, and international communities. While this growth produces many needs, our most current funding priorities are listed below. If you have questions about any of these areas, or are interested in giving to a different area of the College, please call Development Director Lisa Himonas ( at (801) 587-8387.

Social work students carry heavy class loads, complete hundreds of hours of practicum (internship) training, and often work full-time jobs. Scholarships can significantly offset the costs of earning a degree and may be the difference between finishing a program or not. We always welcome new scholarships, as well as additional support for many already existing scholarships.

Each year, a small percentage of interest is pulled from endowments and used to run programs. Two of our endowments – the Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair and the Katie L. Dixon Women & Girls Leadership Endowed Fund – need your help so that the programs supported by these endowments can continue to grow.

Unrestricted Gifts
An unrestricted gift to the social work development fund allows the College to direct resources to areas most in need. Unrestricted gifts are used for a variety of purposes such as recruiting new faculty, developing supplementary programs, or supporting student-initiated service projects.

Special Programs
Many of the programs within the College of Social Work benefit from the generosity of donors like you. Private donations fund speakers with the Utah Criminal Justice Center, language and service trips through the International Social Work program, agency evaluations by the Social Research Institute, and much more.

Ways to Give

Graduates of the College of Social Work will spend their careers working to improve the lives of other people. We thank you for the financial support that makes this quality education possible. Please know that every dollar makes a difference in many lives.

Make a Gift or Make a Pledge
Most donations are one-time gifts or pledges to be paid in several smaller gifts. Contributions can be delivered in person, mailed to the College, or submitted online through our online giving form. (Select “Colleges” from the University Area drop-down menu, then select “Social Work, College of” from the Designation drop-down menu.) Larger gifts may entitle you to additional donor privileges.

Memorial and Honor Gifts
Making a gift in memory of a loved one or to honor a colleague acknowledges the contributions others have made to you and to your community. If you make a gift in memory or in honor of someone, the individual or their family will be notified of this special recognition.

Planned Gifts
Most people have a larger estate than they realize. Consider making a planned gift by writing the College of Social Work into your will or creating a Charitable Remainder Trust. To determine the planned gift that best suits you, try the University’s Build Your Gift tool by clicking here. (Keep in mind that many planned gift options come with special tax benefits.)

Matching Gifts from Employers
Many companies will match the gifts their employees make to nonprofits like the University of Utah. That means your gift of $50 can become a gift of $100! Not sure if your employer has a matching gifts program? Talk to your human resources department or click here to search our database.

Securities and Property
If you would like to help further our mission with a gift of appreciated securities or property, you might benefit from significant tax breaks while the College of Social Work benefits from your generous contribution.

In-Kind Gifts
Some people prefer to make gifts of tangible items. Whether it’s new computers for our remodeled computer lab or artwork for the observation rooms of our clinical training suites, we are happy to accept this type of gift.

Corporations and Foundations
We seek gifts from corporations and foundations throughout the year and do our best to express our gratitude for their far-reaching support.