Gifts That Make An Impact Now - Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS)

If you would like to teach students how to share the Gospel today, consider the giving options below — many of which have financial and personal benefits to you.

Recommend a grant now from your donor advised fund

You can now initiate a grant recommendation from your Donor Advised Fund, or DAF, using the link below. Simply start typing in your fund provider name and the system will prompt you through the process.

If you do not have a donor-advised fund, consider creating one with FOCUS. The FOCUS Donor Advised Fund, powered by the Knights of Columbus Charitable Fund, is a safe, secure and confidential platform to maximize your philanthropic impact for FOCUS and other organizations that align with your Catholic values.

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Memorial or Tribute Gift

When you give a memorial or tribute gift for FOCUS to honor someone special, you’re expressing your love, admiration, and gratitude in one of the most meaningful ways there is. Your gift will honor your loved one, create a lasting tribute, and help students to learn more about their faith and experience a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities
You can use stocks, bonds, and mutual funds that have appreciated in value to support our shared vision. You may receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full market value of the stock (up to a maximum of 30% of your adjusted gross income) and avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the value of the stock.
Matching Gift Opportunities

Would you like to maximize the impact of your giving and encourage other friends or benefactors to mobilize on behalf faithful students? Consider sponsoring a matching gift challenge. Donate a pool of funds to FOCUS, from which we will match any donation made within a given period of time. In this way, you can double the impact of your giving.

Qualified Charitable Distribution

You can transfer funds from your IRA directly to FOCUS. This is an effective way to have an immediate impact and ensure our work of sharing the Gospel with students in an authentic and intentional way. Here’s how it works:

  • You must be 70 ½ or older.
  • An individual may transfer up to a total of $100,000 per year and a married couple may give up to $200,000.
  • An individual may take a one-time QCD up to $50,000 to fund a charitable gift annuity (CGA) or charitable remainder trust (CRT).
  • Your gift must be transferred directly from the IRA account to FOCUS.
  • Your gift is a transfer of funds from your IRA to FOCUS so it does not create taxable income for you and is not considered a charitable tax deduction.
  • If you are 73 and older, the transfer of funds counts towards your annual Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA.

If you’re interested in this popular way to support FOCUS, download a sample letter for your IRA administrator here.

The Impact of Your Giving


could train a new FOCUS missionary to spread the good news.

Your gift could launch a new FOCUS missionary who is specially trained to meet students where they are: in the dorms, on the field, at the student union and in every corner of campus. 


Create a lasting legacy

This gift would create a lasting legacy of investing deeply in students’ lives, building them up in the knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith and sharing the joy of the Gospel with them.


as a monthly donation could sustain our mission.

Ongoing benefactors at this level could provide critical resources for campus missionaries, life-changing mission trips, events that give students a chance to encounter Christ, and more.

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