Ways to Give
There are many ways to show your support for Jacksonville State University. Gifts may be unrestricted in use, targeted for a particular purpose or program or you may designate that the gift be placed in an endowment. Whatever method you choose, be assured that your generosity will make a difference in creating educational excellence for our students.
- Outright Gifts - Outright gifts are gifts of cash or credit card, appreciated securities (shares of stock or mutual funds), or other property. These gifts provide the University with immediate financial assistance. This method is the simplest and most frequently used to provide immediate support through the JSU Foundation. Outright gifts may be claimed on your federal tax return, as well as some state returns, to the extent allowed by law.
- Gifts in Honor, Gifts in Memory - Gifts may be made in honor or memory of a loved one, friend or colleague or to commemorate a special occasion.
- Gift Pledges - A pledge is a formal statement of intention to make a gift to the JSU Foundation. The pledge may be followed by an immediate gift, or you may complete your gift pledge by making regular payments over a period of time.
- Matching Gifts - Many corporations match charitable gifts made by employees, retirees, family members, and directors. You will receive recognition from the JSU Foundation for every dollar you give and every dollar contributed through the corporate matching gifts.
- Endowment Gifts - An endowment is a fund that is set aside for a specific purpose. Funds donated to an endowment are not utilized and will exist in perpetuity. Interest from the endowment each year will e used to benefit the intended purpose set by the donor. A gift to endowment, whether funded exclusively by a donor or given to an existing endowment, demonstrates a long-term commitment to the University.
- Planned Giving - There are a number of methods by which donors can make sizeable future gifts to the JSU Foundation, while enjoying increased income and reduced taxes. Planned gifts are gift arrangements that have a specific tax advantages and often include lifetime income to a beneficiary or beneficiaries named by the donor. A planned gift maximizes your giving potential and can even ensure your future financial security or that of a loved one. Gifts can be made using cash, securities, bonds, real estate, or personal property. It is important that you seek legal and tax counsel, where appropriate. The Foundation's Executive Director and University's Director of Development will be pleased to discuss planned giving programs and gift opportunities with you on a completely confidential basis. They can be reached by phone at (256) 782-5003 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Because the JSU Foundation is a non-profit organization, most gifts qualify for a federal, and often state, income tax charitable deduction. All gifts to the Foundation are acknowledged, receipted, and recognized at the appropriate level. Please discuss potential tax advantages and other aspects of charitable giving with your attorney, tax advisor or financial planner.