Florida State University

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Giving to the College

When you give to the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, helping students is the bottom line!

“The college relies on the support of our alumni and friends to continue its longstanding tradition of excellence. These gifts have played an essential role in our ability to educate and train the next generation of leaders and provide students with exceptional social science and public policy education.

To our current donors I want to thank you for your generous support of our many programs.  You can take great pride in the fact that you are making a significant difference in the lives of our students.

If you have not yet made the choice to become a donor, I encourage you to explore our website and see for yourself the many great things going on in the college. Once you do I am convinced you will want to be part of the growing number of alumni and friends investing in our outstanding students at this fine university.

All contributions, regardless of size, are important and highly valued. Note also that gifts can be earmarked to a program or use of your choosing.

Thank you for your support of the college, and as always Go Noles! ”

– Tim Chapin, Dean, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Please contact ASSISTANT DEAN FOR DEVELOPMENT CINDY MICHELSON with any questions or needs regarding giving back to the college. 850-644-1920 or by email

Development Goals

Our objective over the 2014-2018 period is to strengthen these initiatives:

  • Foster excellence in undergraduate programs to prepare students for life in a global society.
  • Increase opportunities for career-enhancing applied master’s degrees
  • Engage doctoral students in research that provides solutions to today’s most pressing problems.
  • Recruit and retain the best faculty by increasing named professorships and eminent scholar chairs.

Gift Types

How would you most 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. However you choose to donate, your gift will support programs, faculty, and students preparing for meaningful careers, advanced professional training, and active roles in public life.

College-Wide Annual Fund Gifts

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 beyond the classroom. (Choose COSSPP Annual Fund from the giving form drop-down menu.)

Specified Fund Gifts

Want to support the department or program you graduated from? What about one of our vital centers and institutes? (Choose a specific area from the giving form drop-down menu.)

Endowed Gifts

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 of $25,000 (minimum) and up 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. (For more about endowments, please contact our Development Director at 850-644-1920 or by email.)

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. (Learn more.)

Stock Transfer

Stocks are easy to give and offer great tax advantages. By donating publicly traded stocks, bonds or mutual funds, you avoid paying capital gains tax on the securities and receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction for the full market value of the gifted securities. The best stocks to give are those stocks that have increased greatly in value—particularly those stocks producing a low yield that have been owned longer than one year.

For more information about making a stock transfer please contact Assistant Dean for Development Cindy Michelson. Or use this link for specific instructions for the transfer.


Your support is instrumental in transforming the educational experience for students and helping then develop their full potential through:

  • Leadership training skills
  • Research interships with faculty
  • International programs and intercultural dialogue
  • Professional associations
  • Symposia, seminars, and lectures on current issues