Cougar Pride Announces End-of-Year Gift Procedures for 2013

    Dec. 18, 2013

    HOUSTON - With the holiday season upon us, administrators from the University of Houston's Cougar Pride office released procedures for end-of-the-year gifts for 2013.

    To better serve fans this week, Cougar Pride will stay open an extra hour until 6 p.m., Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 before closing Dec. 23-27 for the holidays. Cougar Pride reopens from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Dec. 30 and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 31, before closing for New Year's Day. The office will be open 8 a.m., to noon, Jan. 2, before closing Jan. 3-5.

    Cougar Pride will reopen for regular business hours on Jan. 6.

    Throughout the holidays, fans can always reach Cougar Pride by emailing cougpride@UH.edu or make an online donation by clicking here at any time. The Cougar Pride staff will be checking emails and voicemails during the holiday break and will take proper action to accommodate all requests prior to Jan 1.

    Please see the below procedures for end-of-year giving. Cougar Pride encourages any donors looking to contribute prior to the end of the year to do so as early as possible.


    ONLINE DONATIONS (RECOMMENDED)
    • Online gifts through university online gift pages are processed immediately and are the easiest and most reliable way for donors to ensure a gift is processed prior to the Dec. 31 deadline.

    CREDIT CARD GIFTS BY PHONE
    • Credit cards must be charged before midnight, Tuesday, Dec. 31. This is an IRS standard.
    • To ensure a credit card gift to be counted in the 2013 year, per IRS regulations, all credit card gifts must be submitted to Cougar Pride no later than 1 p.m., Dec. 31

    CREDIT CARD GIFTS BY MAIL
    Send all credit card gifts to:

    Cougar Pride
    3100 Cullen Blvd., Suite 2004
    Houston, TX 77204-6002

    • The envelope containing the donor's complete, valid credit card number and expiration date must be received in Donor & Alumni Records (DAR) no later than Tuesday, Dec.
    • DAR will have a small team in the office for a few hours on Dec. 31.
    • A single mail pick up is arranged with campus Postal Services. All mail received to date is opened and all credit card gifts received are processed.

    GIFTS BY MAILED CHECK
    Send all gifts by mailed check to:

    Cougar Pride
    3100 Cullen Blvd., Suite 2004
    Houston, TX 77204-6002

    • The envelope containing a donation check must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, Dec. 31. Cougar Pride will save the postmarked envelope for proof of the 2013 gift date.

    GIFTS OF STOCK
    • Stock transfer must occur no later than Tuesday, Dec. 31. The date of record is the date UH takes possession of the stock.
    • It is to the donor's advantage to give instruction to their broker well in advance of the end of the year.
    • Please notify Cougar Pride of your gift of stock and the stock's name as soon as possible if you intend to make a year-end gift in this manner as proper exceptions and accommodations with UH Treasury must be made to process the gift properly in 2013.
    • The final full day of business is Friday, Dec. 20. UH Treasury will continue to process receipts of stock beyond this date, but these are special exceptions and should be minimal.

    GIFTS RECEIVED IN PERSON BY COUGAR PRIDE
    • To reflect a 2013 gift date of record, checks accepted by Cougar Pride in person must be received prior to 1 p.m., Dec. 31.


    COUGAR PRIDE & ATHLETICS TICKET OFFICE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

    Day, Date Athletics Ticket Office Cougar Pride
    Thursday, Dec. 19 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Friday, Dec. 20 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 21 Closed Closed
    Sunday, Dec. 22 Closed Closed
    Monday, Dec. 23 Closed Closed
    Tuesday, Dec. 24 Closed Closed
    Wednesday, Dec. 25 Closed Closed
    Thursday, Dec. 26 Closed Closed
    Friday, Dec. 27 Closed Closed
    Saturday, Dec. 28 Closed Closed
    Sunday, Dec. 29 Closed Closed
    Monday, Dec. 30 Noon - 5 p.m. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Tuesday, Dec. 31 Noon - 5 p.m. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Wednesday, Jan. 1 Closed Closed
    Thursday, Jan. 2 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 8 a.m. - Noon
    Friday, Jan. 3 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed
    Saturday, Jan. 4 Closed Closed
    Sunday, Jan. 5 Closed Closed
    Monday, Jan. 6 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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