Methods of Giving Overview
There are many ways to Raise the Torch for Florida State University.
Whether your gift is annual, endowed or planned, it will provide our students, the next generation of leaders, with the best education possible. Additionally, your support will advance knowledge, encourage innovation and build a lasting and positive legacy.
One spark can light a fire. When you make an annual gift to FSU, you join thousands of alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty, staff and businesses who support Florida State each year.
You may choose to designate your support for students, faculty or research in any of the University’s colleges, schools, programs or units.
Whether you would like to Raise the Torch today or later in your lifetime, our gift planning professionals can help you create a charitable plan that fits your needs and supports Florida State through scholarships, fellowships, professorships, research funding or support for any other educational purpose.
Membership in Florida State’s associations and organizations not only keeps friends and alumni of the University connected to campus long after graduation but also supports programs for FSU students, athletes and alumni.
When you make an endowed gift, the funds are invested and only the income from the investment is used to support its purpose. Endowments Raise the Torch for a wide variety of FSU initiatives and can be established in the donor’s name, the name of their business or in honor of someone important to the donor.
By preserving a gift in perpetuity, endowments ensure that students, faculty and programs have the resources they need to shine their brightest.
Most donors make gifts and pledge payments via online giving, check, credit card or automatic bank drafts. Others take advantage of tax savings that come from giving appreciated stocks, shares of mutual funds or property. A growing number of alumni and friends contribute gifts-in-kind, such as works of art, antique furnishings or rare books and manuscripts for the library.
Electronic Funds Transfer—The electronic funds transfer program works in cooperation with your bank, similar to automatic teller machines, direct deposit of payroll, Social Security checks, pay-by-phone and other electronic banking services. The transaction is completed without paper handling.
Securities—Donor stock transfers allow donors to gift their stocks to Florida State University in three ways: electronically (DTC), physical certificate in donor’s name and physical certificate naming the FSU Foundation.
Employer Matching Gifts—You could potentially double or even triple the impact of your gift to Florida State if you or your spouse is employed by a company that matches the charitable contributions of its employees. Visit matchinggifts.com/fsu to find out if your employer has a matching gift policy.
Real Estate—The Florida State University welcomes gifts of real estate. Gifting appreciated real estate is an excellent choice for a charitable gift and, in most cases, a donor is entitled to a charitable deduction for the full gross market value of the property. The newly-formed Florida State University Real Estate Foundation accepts real estate gifts and has adopted certain policies and procedures to make the process work smoothly, taking all parties into consideration.
Your giving options, like Florida State’s potential, are nearly limitless.
If you would like to speak with someone about methods of giving, please call the FSU Foundation at (850) 644-6000