Contact Us

Moscow

College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Agricultural Sciences Bldg.
Phone: (208) 885-6681
Fax: (208) 885-6654
ag@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2331
Moscow, ID 83844-2331

Boise

College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702
phone: (208) 334-2999
toll free: (866) 264-7384
fax: (208) 364-4035

www.uidaho.edu/boise
boise@uidaho.edu

Coeur d'Alene

College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814-2277
phone: (208) 667-2588
toll free: (888) 208-2268
fax: (208) 664-1272

www.uidaho.edu/cda
cdactr@uidaho.edu

 

Idaho Falls

College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
1776 Science Center Dr., Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho  83402
phone: (208) 282-7900
fax: (208) 282-7929

www.uidaho.edu/idahofalls
ui-if@if.uidaho.edu

 

Gifts of Grain

Small girl in a wheat field holding out a wheat stalk.

"We believe in the mission of the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and like the idea of using our grain bushels to support Idaho grain production and the future of agriculture. By giving a gift of grain, we are planting the seeds of innovation today for tomorrow's family farms."
— Jacie and Wayne '79 Jensen

Donate a portion of your harvest through the Gifts of Grain program.



Why donate your harvest?

By contributing commodities to the University of Idaho Foundation, an Idaho not-for-profit corporation, you are providing the UI College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) with a donation that retains the full value of your crop.

Example: You donate $3,000 worth of your crop to the UI Foundation, which then sells it for $3,000. Then the university receives the entire $3,000. However, if you sell the crop first and donate that revenue after taxes, you donate approximately $1,940 to the university. Amount may vary depending on the current market.

In addition to self-employment, federal, and state tax benefits that you may receive for giving a gift of grain, CALS provides the following exclusive benefits to recognize you for your generous support:

Gold – $5,000 and above
  • Invitations to seasonal events hosted by the dean
  • Invitations to private events hosted by the UI president
  • Gifts of Grain commemorative sign
  • Gifts of Grain lapel pin
  • CALS dean newsletter
  • Recognition on website
President's Circle – $2,500 - 4,999
  • Invitations to private events hosted by the UI president
  • Gifts of Grain lapel pin
  • CALS dean newsletter
  • Recognition on website
CALS Dean's Circle – $1,000 - 2,499
  • Gifts of Grain lapel pin
  • CALS dean newsletter
  • Recognition on website
Silver – $500 - 999
  • CALS dean newsletter
  • Recognition on website

 

How to Donate

  1. If you deliver your grain donation to an elevator, request the storage receipt be made out to the University of Idaho Foundation, Inc. Or, if you store your grain on the farm, prepare a notarized letter of transfer to the University of Idaho Foundation, Inc.
  2. Fill in the form. The form states that the UI Foundation can market the commodity as it sees fit.
  3. Mail, fax, or email the storage receipt or notarized letter of transfer along with the form to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences donor relations coordinator:

    Carly Raska, Donor Relations Coordinator
    College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
    University of Idaho
    875 Perimeter Drive MS 2331
    Moscow, ID 83844-2331
    Fax: 208.885.6654
    Email: craska@uidaho.edu

A University of Idaho development officer will work with you to make sure your gift goes to your preferred use. Or, you may simply indicate which project receives your gift on the form.

Endowments: to establish an endowment of $25,000 or more, contact CALS Development at 208.885.4037.


Gifting Guide

  1. Timing
    It is best to donate grain grown in a previous tax year. Make the donation early enough in the year so that there is no question that it came from the prior year’s crop.
  2. Unsold commodity
    The gift should be from unsold inventory with no sale commitment made prior to the gift.
  3. Physical delivery
    The gift must be in the form of farm commodities, not warehouse receipts, which may be considered a cash equivalent. The charity (UI Foundation) must be able to demonstrate “control and dominion” over the gifted property.
  4. Retention of control
    The grower shall provide no guidance in the transfer agreement as to the retention or sale of the gifted commodity.
  5. Documentation
    Provide either a properly executed warehouse receipt in the name of the “University of Idaho Foundation, Inc.” or a notarized letter of transfer for crops stored on the farm. The original sales invoice should list the charity (UI Foundation) as the seller.
  6. Storage and transportation costs
    After the transfer, the University of Idaho Foundation will assume costs of storage, marketing, or transportation.*
  7. Crop share leases
    Gifting will not work for a crop share landlord. A share of a crop received as a rental payment is considered the equivalent of rental income.
  8. Donor gift value
    The UI Foundation will provide you with a donor receipt for the net settlement amount for your records. You do not need to declare a deduction or sale to the IRS.

*It is Foundation policy to sell any grain or commodity donation as soon as we know you have made the gift.



Why Genesee's Zenner Families Donated Grain

With a healthy Wheat Harvest and strong prices, Russ and Kathy Zenner of Genesee decided to share their good fortune and donate part of their crop to support CALS’ Cereal Research Enhancement Fund. More