Office of Development
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. How does the Development Office serve John Marshall?
The John Marshall Law School Office of Development exists solely for the benefit of the students, faculty, staff and alumni of John Marshall. The Development Office is the preferred channel for private gifts to all areas of the law school. The Development Office is governed by a board of directors that elects its officers and appoints its staff.
Through annual giving programs, planned gifts (via wills, trusts, and other methods of giving), major gifts, and special-purpose campaigns, the Devolopment Office works to generate private support from alumni and friends.
- 2. What are the Development Office’s fundraising priorities and who sets them?
Because The John Marshall Law School Office of Development is part of the law school and was established to facilitate the law school’s mission, the Development Office’s major initiatives, such as raising money for scholarships, facilities, and enhancing academic programs, are set by the Dean and the Board of Trustees of The John Marshall Law School.
- 3. What is the difference between restricted and unrestricted gifts?
An unrestricted gift is given to the law school without any restrictions on its use—they enable John Marshall to place the contributions where the most critical need exists. Restricted gifts, on the other hand, are earmarked by the donor for a specific program or purpose.
Donations of any amount may be restricted to a specific program. Please note the program name when making your gift, or contact the Development Office for more information on restricting your gift.
- 4. How does my gift go where the need is greatest?
The Board of Trustees and the Dean of The John Marshall Law School direct the use of unrestricted gifts based upon their direct knowledge of the law school’s priorities.
- 5. What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund provides essential unrestricted support for the Law School's highest priorities including scholarships, academic resources, and facilities. A gift to the Annual Fund, no matter the amount, will ensure that our students receive the best possible legal education.
- 6. What is an endowed fund?
An endowed fund is a sum of money invested to fund a particular project, such as a student scholarship. The initial investment, called the principal, is intended to continue forever, with the investment income from the principal providing perpetual funding. To endow a fund at The John Marshall Law School, a donor must agree to provide a principal of $25,000 and sign guidelines indicating how the earnings on the principal will be used.
- 7. Does the Development Office accept every gift offered by donors?
The John Marshall Law School Office of Development accepts most, but not all, gifts that are offered by donors. Cash gifts, and gifts which are readily or eventually convertible to cash (stocks, bonds, insurance policies, annuity contracts, etc.), are the most easily accepted. Gifts of real property (land, buildings, etc.) and tangible personal property (artwork, jewelry, historical artifacts, etc.) are accepted on a case-by-case basis after a thorough review of the following factors:
- Fair market value
- Existence of restrictions
- Other limitations
- Marketability of the property
- Clear title
- Environmental assessment
- Cost to John Marshall associated with ownership
- Likelihood of use for John Marshall’s educational mission
- 8. How do I make a gift?
You can make a gift by check, online, or over the phone.
You can make your check payable to The John Marshall Law School.(If you would like to support a specific program, please refer to it in the memo section of your check.)
Mail checks to:
The John Marshall Law School Office of Development
315 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
By phone: 312.386.2871
Online: Give to John Marshall Now
- 9. Is my gift tax deductible?
Yes, to the extent allowable by law. You must claim the gift as an itemized deduction on your tax return.
The John Marshall Law School is a nonprofit IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) organization.
- 10. Will I get a receipt for tax purposes?
Yes, soon after your gift is received, you will receive a printed receipt for your gift. If you give online, you'll also receive a confirmation of your gift via email.
- 11. I have more questions about making a gift. Whom do I contact?
If you have additional questions about making a gift, please contact us at:
The John Marshall Law School
Office of Development
315 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604