Real Estate Gift Acceptance Guidelines

Real property may be accepted as an outright gift, into a charitable remainder trust or charitable lead trust, or in some cases to fund a gift annuity, subject to prior approval by KU Endowment. The review process for accepting a gift of real property starts by obtaining these items:

  • copies of the property deed and of the property map or plat
  • copy of the current tax assessment or similar indication of value and carrying costs
A gift of real property will be subject to the following requirements:
  • qualified appraisal, obtained and paid for by the donor
  • inspection by KU Endowment
  • title search, paid for by KU Endowment
  • minimum of level one environmental audit, paid for by KU Endowment (additional audits, if required, at the donor’s expense)
  • marketability review by a knowledgeable broker
  • an agreement with the donor regarding how to pay for the necessary ongoing expenses and maintenance of the property until sold
  • sufficient financial information on the property to conduct an income and expense analysis
Mortgaged real property may not be accepted. Donors who own mortgaged real property are encouraged to pay off or transfer the mortgage before making the gift.


Monte Soukup

Senior Vice President, Property Management 785-832-7435