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The Will to Lead: A Campaign for Clemson is about investing in people — the students and faculty who will be the leaders, thinkers and entrepreneurs of the 21st century.

Your gift to Clemson will help fund scholarships and fellowships, endowed chairs and professorships, and initiatives that make a Clemson education exceptional, build a knowledge-based economy and drive innovation.

The tax benefits of making a donation are significant. If you itemize income-tax deductions on your tax return, the full value of your cash gift is tax-deductible. Clemson University Foundation is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; therefore, your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law. You should consult your financial planner or tax adviser to determine the exact tax advantages of any gift you are considering.

There are many ways you can support Clemson. To make your gift now or learn more about the ways to give, choose from the options below, complete this contact request form or contact us at 864-656-2121.

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  • Checks Mail your gift to the Clemson University Foundation.

    To make a gift by check, complete this gift form and mail it along with your check, payable to Clemson University Foundation:

    Clemson University Foundation
    PO Box 1889
    Clemson, SC 29633-1889
  • Recurring bank or credit/debit card draft (EFT)Have your gifts automatically drafted.

    You can make a recurring gift from your checking or savings account or using your credit/debit card. Bank payments are made monthly, while credit/debit card drafts may be made monthly, quarterly, semiannually or annually. The deductions will appear automatically on your bank or credit card statements. The foundation receives monthly gifts on the 15th of each month and receives quarterly gifts on the 15th of March, June, September and December. Clemson will send you receipts for tax purposes.

    If you decide to make any changes to your automatic draft, you will need to contact the foundation in writing. If you change banks, just send us a new voided check or deposit slip. To cancel your automatic draft, please contact the foundation at least 15 days before the next scheduled fund transfer.

    Start making your automatic draft gifts by completing a form to authorize automatic drafts from your bank account  or your credit/debit card. Mail the completed, signed form to:

    Clemson University Foundation
    PO Box 1889
    Clemson, SC 29633-1889

  • Faculty/staff payroll deductionHave your recurring gift deducted from each paycheck.

    For Clemson employees, every workday is an opportunity to impact the success, tradition and reputation of Clemson University. Whether your work focuses on student achievement, campus facilities or other University missions, whether you work on or off campus, you are a driving force and an ambassador for Clemson University each and every day. Your contributions have helped Clemson make significant advancements in classroom, research, economic development and public service programs.

    Your financial support also makes a difference! With the encouragement, support and commitment of faculty and staff — with employee confidence and dedication clearly visible to all — Clemson can continue to move forward on critical University goals. You have the power to make Clemson even stronger.

    There will be a total of 24 deductions each fiscal year for 12-month employees and 16 deductions each fiscal year for nine-month employees. Acknowledgments for tax purposes are sent quarterly.

    Clemson ID and password required to access Payroll Deduction Form.

    Access your Clemson Fund giving history

  • Corporate matching giftsIncrease your gift's impact through your employer's gift-matching program.

    Depending on your employer, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of your gift, and it won’t cost you another dime. Many companies offer a matching gift program that will significantly amplify what you have given, and matching gifts from employers are credited to your individual giving record. Every organization has its own policies and matching gift forms, so be sure to check with your company’s human resources department. If you are retired, you may also be eligible.

    To find out if your company offers gift matching, ask your human resources representative or search Clemson’s gift-matching company database.

    If your company offers this benefit, ask a human resources representative from your company to send you a matching gift form or look for it on your company’s human resource website. Send the completed form with your gift to:

    Clemson University Foundation
    PO Box 1889
    Clemson, SC 29633-1889

  • Securities Make your gift of stocks, mutual funds or other securities.

    Making a gift of securities often means significant tax benefits for the donor — bypassing capital gains taxes and providing a valuable income tax deduction — which effectively reduce the cost of making a gift. Contributions of appreciated securities held for more than a year are generally deductible at their average market value, regardless of what the donor paid for them.

    Gifts of stock may be completed by physical delivery of certificates or electronically. View detailed instructions on how to transfer a gift of securities to CUF. If you or your broker has questions about transferring securities, please contact Peter Barry, Matching Gifts Analyst, at 864-656-7732. If you have questions about how a planned gift of securities will benefit you, please submit the form below or contact JoVanna King, senior director of gift and estate planning, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu.

    Please contact me about my gift of securities:




  • Gifts in kind Make a gift of art, books, equipment or other personal property.

    Artworks, collections of books, equipment and other types of gifts in kind provide valuable help to Clemson by supporting faculty and students, enhancing the campus and adding to quality of life.

    To make your gift in kind or discuss your options with our development team, please complete the form below or contact Ann Smith, director of annual giving, at 864-656-5895 or annsmit@clemson.edu.

    Please contact me about a gift in kind:



    I am planning to give:

  • Real estate Make a gift of real estate.

    Real estate can provide a significant boost to Clemson students and faculty. Principal and vacation homes, farms, timberlands, commercial buildings and unimproved land (land without buildings) are all ways to support Clemson and gain significant tax benefits.

    Real estate may be given as a current gift, or it may be given as a planned gift or as a retained asset. As a planned gift, you can designate Clemson as the beneficiary of your real estate through your bequest, making it free of estate tax.

    As retained real estate, you can give your home, vacation home or farm to Clemson, and you and your spouse or other survivor can continue living there for life. Although you reserve the right to live on the property, you will immediately receive a significant income tax deduction, and it removes the property from your estate.

    To make your gift of real estate or discuss your options with our development team, please complete the form below or contact JoVanna King, senior director of gift and estate planning, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu.

    Please contact me about a gift of real estate:



    I am planning to give:  a current gift.   a planned gift.   a retained gift.


  • Bequests Make your gift to Clemson through your estate.

    A bequest from a will or a living trust lets you make a gift of any size to the Clemson University Foundation free of estate tax. During your lifetime, your assets will remain in your control, and you can make changes in your estate plan at your discretion. You can designate a specific amount or a percentage of your estate to the Clemson University Foundation, with or without restrictions.

    Just like the will of Thomas Green Clemson, your bequest can create a legacy for you or a loved one while shaping the future for generations of Clemson students and faculty. Your bequest may be used to establish or support an endowment, and it will be considered an annual gift when paid out.

    To discuss your bequest options with our development team, please complete the form below or contact JoVanna King, senior director of gift and estate planning, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu. For more information, visit the Gift Planning website.

    Please contact me about a bequest:




  • Retirement assetsName Clemson as a beneficiary of your retirement plan.

    By naming the Clemson University Foundation as the beneficiary of your pension plan, IRA, 401(k), 403(b), 457, SEP, SIMPLE or other qualified retirement plan, you will be giving the most heavily taxed asset in your estate to Clemson and leaving the more favorably taxed property to your heirs. Assets remaining in retirement plans funded with pretax dollars can be diminished by estate taxes, and the recipient also must pay income taxes on it. There are many other assets that can be passed on to heirs without incurring income tax.

    To discuss your retirement assets with our development team, please complete the form below or contact JoVanna King, senior director of gift and estate planning, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu. For more information, visit the Gift Planning website.

    Please contact me about a gift of retirement assets:




  • Life insuranceName Clemson as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy.

    Taking out a new life insurance policy naming the Clemson University Foundation as the beneficiary is an option for many who want to make a substantial gift to Clemson in the future. Clemson will receive the premium notices, and you will be required to make all premium payments as well as make an annual donation to cover administrative payments. Besides creating a new life insurance policy, you can also donate an existing policy.

    To discuss a life insurance policy gift with our development team, please complete the form below or contact JoVanna King, senior director of gift and estate planning, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu. For more information, visit the Gift Planning website.

    Please contact me about a gift of life insurance:




  • Charitable gift annuityMake your gift of cash or securities and receive fixed payments for life.

    A charitable gift annuity is a contract between you and the Clemson University Foundation. You make a gift of cash or marketable securities to the foundation, and in return the foundation agrees to make fixed payments to you for life. At your death, the balance of the annuity will be used to support the University’s top priorities. This type of gift provides the donor with income and benefits Clemson University.

    A charitable gift annuity is particularly attractive because the rates, which are based on the age of the beneficiary, may produce higher yields than you would receive on other fixed-income instruments. When combined with a tax deduction and partially tax-free payments, the effective rate of return is even higher.

    To discuss a charitable gift annuity with our development team, please complete the form below or contact JoVanna King, senior director of gift and estate planning, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu. For more information, visit the Gift Planning website.
    Please contact me about a charitable gift annuity:




  • Charitable lead trustMake a recurring gift with a portion of your trust's earnings.

    A charitable lead trust is designed to reduce the taxes on your estate while making a gift to the Clemson University Foundation. You or your beneficiaries donate a portion of the trust’s earnings to the Clemson University Foundation for a period of years. Then the principal goes back to you or your family, with estate or gift taxes usually reduced or even eliminated. This is an excellent financial vehicle for people who want to support the University and provide for their family.

    To discuss a charitable lead trust with our development team, please complete the form below or contact JoVanna King, senior director of gift and estate planning, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu. For more information, visit the Gift Planning website.
    Please contact me about a charitable lead trust:




  • Charitable remainder trustReceive the earnings of your trust and donate the remaining assets.

    A charitable remainder trust offers both an investment plan and the benefits of making a gift. You place assets in a charitable trust, and you and/or your beneficiaries receive income. Once the trust is terminated, the Clemson University Foundation receives the remaining assets to benefit Clemson University. Charitable remainder trusts have become an increasingly popular way to make a gift while saving money on taxes.

    To discuss a charitable remainder trust with our development team, please complete the form below or contact JoVanna King, senior director of gift and estate planning, at 864-656-0663 or giving@clemson.edu. For more information, visit the Gift Planning website.
    Please contact me about a charitable remainder trust:




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