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How Your Gifts Make a Difference

Every gift, no matter the amount, has an immediate and meaningful impact on the Stetson University community. Contributions help to maintain the quality of a Stetson University education and help to ensure the outstanding caliber of our students. Your gift is a vote of confidence in the university that allows us to secure additional funding from corporations and foundations.

Additionally, your gifts to Stetson University are tax deductible in accordance with state and federal tax laws.

Stetson Fund

The Stetson Fund provides support for the university's areas of most critical need.

Capital Gifts

Your gifts to capital projects help to provide students and faculty with state-of-the-art technology, equipment and facilities that enhance the classroom experience of both faculty and students and help to ensure students' future success.

Endowed Gifts

Endowed gifts can be for scholarships, faculty chairs or award funds. Many alumni and friends have established or contributed to funds in honor of family, friends and unforgettable professors. Endowed funds:

  • Create a permanent, meaningful legacy for their namesakes
  • Are the cornerstone of financial stability for the university

These funds can be established all at once or over up to three years. The university consolidates endowment gifts and invests the assets as a pro-rate share of the university's endowment. The principal of the fund is kept intact; awards are made at the trustee-approved amount from the investment earnings. Additional funds may be added to the principal. As the fund balance grows, the amount of support it can provide also grows.

Scholarship Gifts

Donor scholarships enable many of the university's most talented applicants to become students who, after graduation, become successful citizens of the world.

More information on scholarship gifts is available from the Office of Stewardship.

Matching Gifts

With matching gifts you can sometimes double or even triple your gift. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company matches gifts policy, please see the Matching Gifts page.

Memorial Gifts

Honor a special person or loved one by making a gift to the university in their name.

Planned Gifts

Planned gifts have an enormous and lasting impact on Stetson University, and create a legacy that will last for generations.

Planned gifts also form part of an overall financial plan that can provide you with significant benefits. For example, planned gifts can help you to maintain control of your assets during your lifetime, take advantage of a number of tax benefits or leave a legacy at Stetson University. Unlike gifts of cash, planned gifts typically come from assets in your estate, rather than disposable income.

More information on planned gifts is available from the Office of Gift Planning.

Restricted Gifts

Make a gift to support a specific department, program or project.

With a restricted gift, your money goes directly toward the purpose you define, allowing you to outline how the university can use your gift.