Gift Administration at Stanford

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Time to complete
1 hour
Course contact
Angelika O'Brien
(650) 721-1249


About This Course

This course s required for staff who process gifts. You will learn how to distinguish a gift from support for a sponsored project, and the processes involved in administering gifts of property and cash in the form of checks and wire transfers. This course is an elective for a Cardinal Curriculum Level 2 certificate.

*Elective for a Cardinal Curriculum Level 2 Certificate

We divided the material into modules so you can fit the course into your life. You don’t have to read all the modules at once, although many people do. You can come and go in whatever way works for you. You can go back and review modules anytime before you take the final test to receive credit. You can audit the course material if you do not want to receive credit. It is an always available desktop reference.

How to Get The Most From This Course

To begin learning, use the navigation menu on the right side of every page where each module is listed. Read the learning objectives. 

Read the information in each module at your own pace. Go back as many times as you like to review if you don't understand. Answer the questions in the sections titled Check for Understanding. Keep a list of questions to take to the workshop.

Open the links and documents located at the bottom of each page in the section titled Related Items. This will help you get familiar with the DoResearch website which is the most comprehensive resource for research administration at Stanford. Research administration is complicated, so knowing where to get current accurate information that is vetted by the University is key. Subject matter experts from all parts of the University contribute and update the content daily. The website is sponsored by the Dean of Research.


  1. Gift Administration: Introduction
  2. Gift Administration: Distinguish a Gift from Other Types of Funding
  3. Gift Administration: Processing the Gift
  4. Gift Administration: Regulatory Compliance
  5. Gift Administration: Final Test

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