Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Stetson Fund for Scholarships?

The Stetson Fund ensures that academically qualified students of every economic, ethnic and social background are welcomed into more than 135 years of unbroken tradition of challenge, learning, exploration and growth. For more information, please call the Office of Development at 386-822-7455 (main campus) or the College of Law Development and Alumni Engagement office at 727-562-7818. 

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?

If you itemize your tax deductions. 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 Counselors 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 
Stetson University
421 North Woodland Boulevard
Unit 8286
DeLand, FL 32723


Office of Development 
Stetson University College of Law
1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL  33707

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 (main campus) or 727-562-7818 (College of Law campus).

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's online giving site (, you have until midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 31.

If you are sending your gift through the mail, payable by credit card, your gift must be received at Stetson by December 29, to allow for processing time. (We suggest allowing at least one week for postal delivery time, depending on where you live.)

For gifts sent by United States Postal Service (USPS) and payable by check the envelope must be postmarked (and the check dated) no later than December 31.

Stock gifts need to be received by our office no later than December 29, 2020 to ensure adequate year-end processing. Read the stock transfer instructions (PDF) for stock transfer instructions.

Stetson University will close for the holidays at the end of the business day on Friday, December 17, and will re-open for business on Tuesday, January 4. 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 a staff member will get back to you as soon as possible. 

State Nonprofit Disclosures

Certain states require written disclosures for nonprofit organizations soliciting contributions. Individual state disclosures are available online.