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Continuing Education Building
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Phone: (910) 672-2165
Fax: (910) 672-1663

Frequently Asked Questions




Why does my participation matter?
How do I make my gift?
May I choose where I want my gift to go?
How will my gift be recognized?
Is my gift tax-deductible?
What sort of gift is considered as a tax deductible contribution?
What are examples of support that can’t be recognized as a tax-deductible contribution?
Will my company match my gift?
How do I learn more about establishing a scholarship fund? 
What is the university’s fiscal year? 
When does FSU ask for support?
What is the Annual Fund?
How can the Office of Alumni Affairs support Alumni Fundraising Events
If I belong to an alumni chapter, how should I make my gift?
What is the difference between making a gift to FSU and the NAA or Athletic Club?
What is the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) and when is it?
What is the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and when is it?
What is considered a major gift at FSU? 
What is a planned gift?
Where can I get additional information about supporting FSU?

Why does my participation matter?

Making an annual gift every year makes a statement to corporations and foundations, and college ranking publications that you believe in Fayetteville State University’s mission and support the unique educational experience that it provides. Your annual gift provides vital support to the immediate operating budget of FSU and helps to ensure that many of the departments, programs, teams, and faculty get the funds they need to provide a college experience of the highest quality while maintaining a balanced budget.

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How do I make my gift?

Make your check payable to the Fayetteville State University Foundation and note Annual Fund or your choice of any other designation in the memo section.  For giving information click here.

If you are an employee of FSU, you have the option of utilizing payroll deduction to make your gift.  Click here for a payroll deduction form.

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May I choose where I want my gift to go?

Annual Fund gifts made without restriction give us the flexibility to use the money where it is needed most. However, you may designate your Annual Fund gift to an area of support that is most important to you. A list of designations can be found by clicking here.

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How will my gift be recognized?

We recognize all of our donors in our Annual Report and on our online donor roll located at www.uncfsu.edu/ia/development.  Donors of $1,000 or more receive special seating and ticket purchase opportunities for athletic events and tournaments.  These donors also receive exclusive invitations to events throughout the year.

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Is my gift tax-deductible?

Most gifts are tax deductible.  Once we receive and deposit your gift, we will send you an acknowledgement letter to verify that your gift has been received.  This letter also serves as a receipt for your tax purposes.

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What sort of gift is considered as a tax deductible contribution?

Cash, Checks, Credit Card
Stock
Planned gifts
Gifts in kind (equipment, food, printed material, software, etc.) 

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What are examples of support that can’t be recognized as a tax-deductible contribution?

Volunteer time/services
Funds made directly on a student’s account
Membership dues

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Will my company match my gift?

Contact your Human Resources office to see if your organization or company matches charitable gifts to FSU. If so, they can provide you with the form(s) you need to fill out and send to Office of Development, 1200 Murchison Rd., Fayetteville, NC  28301.
If your employer offers a matching gift program you may be able to double or even triple your gift to FSU!

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How do I learn more about establishing a scholarship fund? 

Click here for more information or contact the Office of Development, at (910) 672-1729

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What is the university’s fiscal year?

July 1st through June 30th.

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When does FSU ask for support?

Solicitations begin in early September and end in early June.  Making your gift by December 31 provides a year-end tax advantage for you and saves the cost of sending additional mailings.

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What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of philanthropic support at Fayetteville State University. An Annual Fund gift supports our students, faculty, and programs and is the most direct way to make a positive impact on the educational experience.

Your gift goes to work immediately to help provide support for the university’s greatest needs, including student scholarships, facilities improvements, as well as academic and programmatic initiatives. Added together, Annual Fund gifts have a tremendous effect on our budget.

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How can the Office of Alumni Affairs support Alumni Fundraising Events?

It is the practice of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs to support endeavors by alumni and other individuals to raise funds for Fayetteville State University. However, any fundraising events done in the name of Fayetteville State University must be approved by the Chancellor and or his designee—usually the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement. 

It is expected that the NAA, FSU alumni chapters, individual alumni and/or friends of FSU will plan and execute any approved fundraising events.  The university will not be responsible for planning, execution or ticket sales. The university will, however, support such events that meet the above criteria by promoting and attending such events when possible. 

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If I belong to an alumni chapter, how should I make my gift?

If you would like for your gift to be recognized as a member of an alumni chapter or as a member of a particular graduating class, please note the name of your chapter or class year on the memo line of your check or on the gift envelope.  You are still able to designate your gift to the fund of your choice. The Office of Development will track these gifts in order to provide recognition to each alumni chapter.

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What is the difference between making a gift to FSU and the NAA or Athletic Club?

Dues paid and/or donations given to the National Alumni Association or the FSU Athletic Club are not gifts to the university.  These groups are independent organizations designed to foster a spirit of good will and loyalty among alumni and friends of FSU.

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What is the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) and when is it?

The State Employees Combined Campaign has a long history of offering State Employees a choice to invest in the charities that mean most to them. By giving we choose to meet needs and produce positive change in our communities, our state and our nation.  The FSU campaign is held between the months of October and December.

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What is the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and when is it?

The Combined Federal Campaign offers Federal Employees with the option to invest in Fayetteville State University as their designated charity.  The CFC campaign is held between the months of September and December.

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What is considered a major gift at FSU?

A gift of $5,000 or more, regardless of the designation is considered a major gift.  For more information click here

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What is a planned gift?

We can help you and your financial advisors develop a gift plan that meets your financial and philanthropic goals. A properly planned gift may help you reduce or eliminate capital gains and gift and estate taxes. You may realize immediate tax savings as well.

Life income gifts can provide you and/or your loved ones with an income for the duration of your lives or for a specific number of years.  Charitable lead trusts can be used to transfer assets to a loved one with a significantly reduced tax liability. Real estate, tangible property, and securities can be turned into gifts with immediate tax benefits.  Bequests, retirement accounts, and other testamentary gift plans can allow you to make a more substantial gift than you imagined possible.

If you have additional questions about planned giving, please click here or contact Mary Bailey at (910) 672-1390.

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Where can I get additional information about supporting FSU?

Please contact the Office of Development at (910) 672-1729 or (910) 672-1661.

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