Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Stetson Fund?
Stetson University's Stetson Fund provides support for the university's areas of most critical need. If you would like to speak to an annual giving officer, please call the Office of Development at 386-822-7455.
What is a Restricted Gift?
Restricted gifts are earmarked for specific purposes such as a named scholarship or a specific school, program or buildings.
How is the money used?
Stetson Fund dollars directly benefit critical needs identified by the university on an ongoing basis. Restricted gifts are used for the purpose specified by the donor.
How can my gift make a difference?
Every gift, no matter the amount, has an immediate and meaningful impact on the Stetson University community. Contributions add together and help to maintain the quality of a Stetson University education and help to ensure the outstanding caliber of our students. Your participation is a vote of confidence in the university which allows us to secure additional funding from corporations and foundations.
Is my gift to Stetson University tax deductible?
Yes. Because Stetson University is qualified as a tax-exempted organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, all gifts to the university are tax deductible.
Do matching gifts count toward donor recognition?
At Stetson University, matching gifts count toward donor recognition. For example, a donor who gives $500 and whose company matches the gift one-to-one is recognized in the Presidential Counsellors program for a gift of $1,000 for that fiscal year.
How can I donate appreciated stocks or securities?
You can download a fact sheet on stock gifts called the stock transfer procedures (PDF).
How do I make an online gift?
The online giving page explains how to make an online gift.
Where do I mail my check?
Checks may be mailed to:
Office of Development
421 North Woodland Boulevard
DeLand, FL 32723
What are your office hours?
The Office of Development is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
What is your phone number?
The Office of Development's phone number is 386-822-7455.
What if I do not wish to be solicited by the university?
If you do not wish to be solicited by the university, please call, write or email the Office of Development and request that the university code the person's record for "No Solicitation."
What is the last day a contribution can qualify for calendar year tax purposes?
It depends on your gift. If you're contributing by credit card at Stetson University's online giving page, you have until midnight (eastern standard time) on Dec. 31.
If you are sending your gift through the mail, payable by credit card, your gift must be received at Stetson University by Dec. 29, to allow for processing time. (We suggest allowing at least one week for postal delivery time, depending on where you live.)
Stock gifts should be made by Dec. 21, to ensure adequate year-end processing. The stock transfer procedures (PDF) document outlines stock transfer instructions.
If you are mailing your check, the envelope must be postmarked (and the check dated) by Dec. 31.
Stetson University will close for the holidays at the end of the business day on Friday, Dec. 21, and will re-open for business on Wednesday, Jan. 2. However, if you have any questions regarding year-end gifts while the university is closed, please call the Office of Development at 386-822-7455 and leave a voicemail message. When leaving your message, be sure to include your name, phone number, date, time of call and the nature of your question. We will be checking this number for messages on Dec. 24, 26, 27, 28, and 31, and someone will return your call.