How to Give

Explore the many ways to make a gift to Clemson.

Online Donation

Make a one-time gift using your credit/debit card on our secure website.

Register to make an online donation and/or purchase exclusive items or make an express gift without creating an account.

Telephone

Give us a call.

Call the Annual Giving Office at 864-656-5896 to make a gift over the phone.

Checks

Mail your gift to the Clemson University Foundation.

To make a gift by check, complete this gift form and mail it along with your check, payable to Clemson University Foundation:

Clemson University Foundation
PO Box 1889
Clemson, SC 29633-1889

Recurring bank or credit/debit card draft (EFT)

Have your gifts automatically drafted.

You can make a recurring gift from your checking or savings account or by using your credit/debit card. Bank payments are made monthly, while credit/debit card drafts may be made monthly, quarterly, semiannually or annually. The deductions will appear automatically on your bank or credit card statements. The foundation charges monthly gifts on the 15th of each month and charges quarterly gifts on the 15th of March, June, September and December.

Clemson will send you gift acknowledgements for tax purposes. If you decide to make any changes to your automatic draft, you will need to contact the foundation in writing. If you change banks, just send us a new voided check or deposit slip. To cancel your automatic draft, please contact the foundation at least 15 days before the next scheduled fund transfer.

Start making your automatic draft gifts by completing a form to authorize automatic drafts from your bank account or your credit/debit card. Mail the completed, signed form to:

Clemson University Foundation
PO Box 1889
Clemson, SC 29633-1889

Faculty/staff payroll deduction

Have your recurring gift deducted from each paycheck.

For Clemson employees, every workday is an opportunity to impact the success, tradition and reputation of Clemson University. Whether your work focuses on student achievement, campus facilities or other University missions, on or off campus, you are a driving force and an ambassador for Clemson University each day. Your contributions have helped Clemson make significant advancements in the classroom, research, economic development and public service programs.

Your financial support also makes a difference! With the encouragement, support and commitment of faculty and staff Clemson can continue to move forward on critical University goals. You have the power to make Clemson even stronger. There will be a total of 24 deductions each fiscal year for 12-month employees and 16 deductions each fiscal year for nine-month employees. Your Clemson ID and password are required to access the Payroll Deduction Form.

Click here to access your Clemson giving history

Pledges

A pledge is a formal statement of intention to make a gift to the university.

With a pledge, you may complete your gift by making a one-time gift at a later date or by making payments over a designated period of time.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Increase your gift's impact through your employer's gift-matching program.

Many companies offer a matching gift program that will significantly amplify what you have given. Matching gifts from your employer are credited to your Clemson giving record.

Every organization has its own policies and matching gift forms, so be sure to check with your company’s human resources department. If you are retired, you may also be eligible.

To find out if your company offers gift matching, ask your human resources representative or search Clemson’s gift-matching company database. If your company offers this benefit, ask a human resources representative from your company to send you a matching gift form or look for it on your company’s human resource website. You may email the completed form to Blake Beckwith at blbeckw@clemson.edu if your company allowed this method of submittal. Otherwise, please mail the completed form with your gift to:

Clemson University Foundation
Attn: Matching Gifts
PO Box 1889
Clemson, SC 29633-1889

Memorials

Make a gift to honor or remember a loved one.

Memorials can be used to meet areas of greatest need or can be designated to a specific area of the University.

If you wish to notify the honoree or his or her family of your thoughtful gift, please provide contact information when you make your gift. The amount of the gift is not disclosed, and your gift is fully tax-deductible as provided by law.

Gifts may be made online, by phone at 864-656-5896 or by mail:

Clemson University
Annual Giving Office
110 Daniel Drive
Clemson, SC 29631

If you’d like to include Clemson University in an obituary announcement, we recommend the following verbiage that can be personalized to your needs:

Memorial contributions may be made to Clemson University. Please direct your gift to (fund) in memory of (name). Gifts may be made online at clemson.edu/isupportcu, by phone at (864) 656-5896 or by mail:
Clemson University
Annual Giving Office
110 Daniel Drive
Clemson, SC 29631

For information on how to start a memorial gift fund, contact Amy Csernak Craft at 864-656-1240.

For other honorary or memorial gift questions, contact Paula Page at 864-656-5896.

Securities

Make your gift of stocks, mutual funds or other securities.

Making a gift of securities may mean significant tax benefits for the donor — potentially bypassing capital gains taxes and providing a valuable income tax deduction — that effectively reduce the cost of making a gift.

Contributions of appreciated securities held for more than a year may be deductible at their average market value regardless of what the donor paid for them. Each gift is case specific and you should always consult your tax advisor for questions regarding tax treatment of your gifts. Gifts of stock may be completed by physical delivery of certificates or electronically.

Click here to view detailed instructions on how to transfer a gift of securities to CUF. If you or your broker has questions about transferring securities, please contact Blake Beckwith, Matching Gifts and Stocks Analyst, at 864-656-5656.

If you have questions about how a planned gift of securities will benefit you, please submit the form below or contact JoVanna King, Senior Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, at 864-656-0663 or email giving@clemson.edu.

Gifts in Kind

Make a gift of art, books, equipment or other personal property.

Artworks, collections of books, equipment and other types of gifts in kind provide valuable help to Clemson by supporting faculty and students through enhancing the campus and improving quality of life.

To make your gift in kind or discuss your options with our development team, contact Ann Smith, director of annual giving, at 864-656-5895 or annsmit@clemson.edu.

Real Estate

Make a gift of real estate.

Real estate can provide a significant boost to Clemson students and faculty. Principal and vacation homes, farms, timberlands, commercial buildings and unimproved land (land without buildings) are all ways to support Clemson and gain significant tax benefits.

Real estate may be given as a current gift, a planned gift or as a retained asset. As a planned gift, you can designate Clemson as the beneficiary of your real estate through your bequest, making it free of estate tax.

As retained real estate, you can give your home, vacation home or farm to Clemson and you and your spouse or other survivor can continue living there for life. Although you reserve the right to live on the property, you may receive a significant income tax deduction immediately.

To make your gift of real estate or discuss your options with our development team, please contact JoVanna King, Senior Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu.

Bequests

Make your gift to Clemson through your estate.

A bequest from a will or a living trust lets you make a gift of any size to the Clemson University Foundation free of estate tax. During your lifetime, your assets will remain in your control, and you can make changes in your estate plan at your discretion. You can designate a specific amount or a percentage of your estate with or without restrictions, to the Clemson University Foundation.

Just like the Last Will & Testament of Thomas Green Clemson, your bequest can create a legacy for you or a loved one while shaping the future for generations of Clemson students and faculty. Your bequest may be used to establish or support an endowment.

To discuss your bequest options with our development team, please contact JoVanna King, Senior Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu. For more information, visit the Gift Planning website.

Retirement Assets

Name Clemson as a beneficiary of your retirement plan.

By naming the Clemson University Foundation as the beneficiary of your pension plan, IRA, 401(k), 403(b), 457, SEP, SIMPLE or other qualified retirement plan, you may be able to realize significant tax advantages.

To discuss your retirement assets with our development team, please contact JoVanna King, Senior Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu. For more information, visit the Gift Planning website.

Life Insurance

Name Clemson as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy.

Making out a new life insurance policy and naming the Clemson University Foundation as the beneficiary is an option for many who want to make a substantial gift to Clemson in the future.

Clemson will receive the premium notices, and you will be required to make all premium payments as well as make an annual donation to cover administrative payments. Besides creating a new life insurance policy, you can also donate an existing policy.

To discuss a life insurance policy gift with our development team, please contact JoVanna King, Senior Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu. For more information, visit the Gift Planning website.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Make your gift of cash or securities and receive fixed payments for life.

A charitable gift annuity is a contract between you and the Clemson University Foundation. You make a gift of cash or marketable securities to the foundation. In return, the foundation agrees to make fixed payments to you for life.

At your death, the balance of the annuity will be used to support the University’s top priorities. This type of gift provides the donor with income, and benefits Clemson University. A charitable gift annuity is particularly attractive because the rates, which are based on the age of the beneficiary, may produce higher yields than you would receive on other fixed-income instruments. When combined with a tax deduction and partially tax-free payments, the effective rate of return may be even higher.

To discuss a charitable gift annuity with our development team, please contact JoVanna King, Senior Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu. For more information, visit the Gift Planning website.

Charitable lead trust

Make a recurring gift with a portion of your trust's earnings.

A charitable lead trust is designed to reduce the taxes on your estate while making a gift to the Clemson University Foundation. You or your beneficiaries donate a portion of the trust’s earnings to the Clemson University Foundation for a period of years. Then the principal goes back to you or your family, with estate or gift taxes usually reduced or even eliminated.

This is an excellent financial vehicle for people who want to support the University and provide for their family. To discuss a charitable lead trust with our development team, please contact JoVanna King, senior director of gift and estate planning, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu. For more information, visit the Gift Planning website.

Charitable remainder trust

Receive the earnings of your trust and donate the remaining assets.

A charitable remainder trust offers both an investment plan and the benefits of making a gift. You place assets in a charitable trust, and you and/or your beneficiaries receive income. Once the trust is terminated, the Clemson University Foundation receives the remaining assets to benefit Clemson University. Charitable remainder trusts have become an increasingly popular way to make a gift while saving money on taxes.

To discuss a charitable remainder trust with our development team, please contact JoVanna King, senior director of gift and estate planning, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu. For more information, visit the Gift Planning website.



Clemson University Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Consult your tax adviser to determine the tax advantages of your gift.

For information or to inquire about your giving record, or to mail your annual gift, please contact:


Annual Giving Office
PO Box 1889
Clemson, SC 29633-1889
864-656-5896
GIVINGTOCU-L@LISTS.CLEMSON.EDU

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