Make a Gift

There are many ways to support the College.

Most donors make gifts and pledge payments by credit card, automatic bank drafts, or by check. Others take advantage of tax savings that come from giving appreciated stocks, shares of mutual funds or real estate. You may review the options below to find the method that is most convenient for you.

Giving Methods

  1. Online with a credit card

    Fast and convenient, our secure form lets you direct your gift or pledge payment straight to the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy or program of your choice. You’ll receive an email confirmation of your gift and a receipt by mail for tax purposes.

  2. Recurring Giving

    If you are committed to supporting the college over time, setting up a recurring donation is a convenient way to have your contributions automatically charged to your credit card without any further action on your part. Many donors find this, or the electronic transfer method described below, to be the most convenient and effective way to provide the support they desire and manage and track charitable contributions. Fill out the form and select “Recurring Gift”.

  3. Bank Draft/Electronic Funds Transfer

    Automatically transfer gifts from your bank account each month for a specified time period or until your gift totals a specified dollar amount. If you are committed to supporting the college over time, setting up a recurring donation is a convenient way to have your contributions automatically transferred from a bank account without any further action on your part. Many donors find this, or the recurring giving method described above, to be the most convenient and effective way to provide the support they desire and manage and track charitable contributions. We need your authorization, which you may provide when you print, complete and mail the form accessed at this link to the address indicated on the form.

  4. By mail with a check

    If you prefer to send your gift by mail, please complete and send this form along with a check payable to:

    The Florida State University Foundation, Inc.
    2010 Levy Avenue
    P.O. Box 3062739
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2739

  5. Stock Transfer

    The college gladly accepts gifts of stock, bonds and mutual funds. Donor stock transfers are made in one of three ways:

    • Electronically (DTC)
    • Physical Certificate—Donor’s Name
    • Physical Certificate—FSU Foundation

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  6. Real Estate

    Using real estate, such as your house, farm or commercial property, to fund a gift allows you to preserve your cash assets and receive significant tax advantages.

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  7. Matching Gifts

    Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contribution made by their employees. The impact of your gift to the college may be doubled or tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees, spouses, or members of the board of directors.

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Gift Types:

How would you like to make a difference? Do you want to provide scholarship support for students? Fund faculty research on finding innovative solutions to economic, political, and social problems? Help academic and faculty programs to address virtually every economic, political, and social issue that society must face in the 21st century?

Gifts do all this and more. Whether you choose to provide support through our annual fund, an endowment, or through planned giving, your gift will support programs, faculty, and students preparing for meaningful careers, advanced professional training, and active roles in public life.
Learn more about each of these types of gifts.

Annual Gifts

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy annual fund plays a significant role as we prepare our students, the next generation of leaders, for careers and challenges in a global society. Annual fund gifts to the College General Development Fund are among the most important and valuable because they can be used across all departments and programs, wherever the need is greatest.

Specifically, this support helps us provide scholarships, support student research internships with faculty, and provide special opportunities for our students to interact with renowned guest speakers from around the world.

Your alumni gifts make a difference in helping us remain competitive and improve our national rankings as well. Are you aware that the alumni giving participation rate is one factor used to determine national rankings in such publications as the annual U.S. News and World Report college rankings? A strong ranking provides a payoff not only to students, but to alumni as well. As our stature and national reputation grows, it increases the value of your FSU degree.

We are particularly grateful for the significant gains made possible by the generosity of our alumni and friends. With your help, we will continue to build upon our legacy of producing outstanding leaders that serve our communities, the state, and the nation.

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Annual Fund Gift Levels

Annual Fund Gift Level Designation

$1-$999

  • College–wide current support or for specific department or program

$1,000-$5,000

  • College–wide current support or for specific purpose such as scholarships, study abroad, academic prize, undergraduate research project, internship, etc.

$5,000 & above

  • College-wide current support or for specific purpose such as a graduate scholarship, doctoral dissertation fellowship, leadership development program etc.

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Endowments

Establishing a permanent endowment fund means that your gift will be invested by the FSU Foundation. Only the annual investment income generated by the endowment is used each year to provide support for a given purpose as specified by the donor. The endowment principal remains unspent.

Endowment funds provide an opportunity to name an award, scholarship, fellowship, professorship, or program in honor/memory of the donor or any person chosen by the donor.

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Endowment Gift Levels

Minimum endowment levels for various purposes include the following:

Designation/Use minimum gift level
  • International travel award for study abroad

$25,000

  • MS scholarship

$100,000¹

  • Social Science Scholar Award

$150,000¹

  • Ph.D. research fellowship

$250,000¹

  • Named Professorship

$250,000¹

  • Distinguished Professorship

$1,000,000¹

  • Eminent Scholar Chair

$2,000,000¹

  • Named Program

varies by program

¹ Endowment gifts of $100,000 and above are eligible for special State of Florida matching funds provided by the Florida Legislature (budget permitting).

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Planned Gifts

What will your legacy be? Many donors are taking steps through bequests or planned gifts to the college to make a difference for generations of students in the future. Your bequests and other planned gifts have a profound and lasting impact on program development, scholarship, and research at the college. Careful estate planning also yields special advantages for donors and their heirs as they provide support in a significant and lasting way.

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