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Giving FAQ

Why do the Wittliff Collections need private gifts?
Like every non-profit, even those connected to strong universities like Texas State, private funds are necessary to keep the wheels of the organization turning. As State funding continues to decline, contributions are more important than ever to help fund the acquisition and preservation of our region’s artistic voices.

What do the Wittliff Collections do with contributions?
We do exactly what donors ask us to do with their gifts and expend funds based on the purpose for which a contribution is requested or as designated by the donor. When gifts are unrestricted, the Director, in consultation with the Assistant Vice President of the Alkek Library, makes decisions about how those funds are spent based on current priorities. Unrestricted gifts are used for the acquisition and conservation of materials, exhibition costs, and public programming.

Where do I send my gift?
You may donate online, or simply call or e-mail the Wittliff Collections Director at 512.245.8361 or

Checks should be made payable to Texas State University.

Can I designate my gift?
Yes. Gifts can be designated for a particular purpose or collecting area (i.e., the Southwestern Writers Collection or the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection), for the acquisition of the work of particular authors or photographers, public programming, special events, or our book series. To do so, please include this information with your gift or call us to discuss.

Is my gift tax deductible?
Yes. The Internal Revenue Service considers Texas State University, and thus the Wittliff Collections, a non-profit organization, and gifts are deductible subject to the limitations allowed by the IRS. A copy of the IRS letter of determination can be provided upon request.

Texas State University’s federal tax ID number is: 746002248

Who do I contact with questions?
Contact David Coleman, Director of the Wittliff Collections, at 512.245.2313 or e-mail him at

How do I make a gift of archival materials?
Contact Steve Davis, Curator, at 512.245.2313 or e-mail him at