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Why should I give to the JSU Foundation?

Can my gift make a difference?

Why is private support so important to a state university?

Why does JSU need private support when it receives public funds?

Can I designate the use of my gift?

Is my gift tax deductible?

Is my athletic gift tax deductible?

How do I give to the JSU Foundation?

Can I give Gifts of Securities?

What are the specific goals of the development program? What are the University's areas of greatest need?


Why should I give to the JSU Foundation?

There is perhaps no better way to make an impact on both individuals and society than to make a gift to higher education through the Jacksonville State University Foundation. With dwindling state support for higher education, private gifts are critically important to the future of the University. Your gift will help Jacksonville State University uphold its margin of excellence and support its commitments to ensure opportunities for student enrichment and achievement, enhance academic and athletic programs, and continue its reputation as an outstanding institution of higher education.

Can my gift make a difference?

Although it may seem like a gift of $5 or $100 wouldn't have much impact, every contribution adds to the total of funding available to the University and departments. For example, if 10 donors made gifts of $50 to the Foundation, a $500 award could be given to an outstanding undergraduate in an academic program. That can make a real difference to a JSU students.

Why is private support so important to a state university? Why does JSU need private support when it receives public funds?

Jacksonville State University receives less than 50% of its total operating budget from the State of Alabama. That makes JSU a "state assisted" rather than a "state supported" institution. The margin of excellence is gained only through the generous contributions and deferred gifts of alumni, corporations, private foundations, businesses, and friends. This will be increasingly true for JSU in the years ahead.

Can I designate the use of my gift?

Absolutely! The JSU Foundation enables donors to choose where their money is directed. You can support a scholarship or a specific program, organization, or discipline. Unrestricted monies also make a difference to under-served programs or help the University take advantage of new opportunities.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes. All gifts to the JSU Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. There may be special tax advantages for certain types of gifts and the Foundation will be pleased to assist you in determining the best method of giving.

Is my athletic gift tax deductible?

Section 170(l) of the Internal Revenue Code sets values for university ticket priority payments. Twenty percent is allocated to the ticket priority and eighty percent is a charitable contribution. If other benefits (amenities) are covered by the payment, such as tickets, concessions, programs, parking passes, or donor events, the value of these must first be deducted from the payment, and the balance is 80 percent tax deductible. Based on the number of home games and other factors, the amenities value can vary each year.

How do I give to the JSU Foundation?

If you would like to make a gift or pledge to the JSU Foundation, here's how:

Gifts made be made online or you may send a check or money order (no cash, please) made payable to JSU Foundation to:

Jacksonville State University Foundation, Inc.
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602

Please provide your name, address, and how you would like your gift credited.

If you are sending a gift in honor or memory of someone, please send the contact information so that the Foundation may make the proper notification of your contribution (these letters do not include the amount of the contribution).

Can I give gifts of Securities?

Publicly-traded stocks and bonds that have current marketable value will be accepted at any time. Valuation of the gift will be the average of the high and low trade prices of the security on the day it is irrevocably transferred to the Foundation. Commission and sales costs will be paid from the proceeds of the sale of the security.

The Foundation utilizes a local brokerage house to handle receipt of all securities gifted to the Foundation. Special procedures apply to different types of stock gifts. Donors and should contact the Executive Director of the JSU Foundation at (256) 782-5003 for assistance and instructions regarding any gift of securities.

What are the specific goals of the development program? What are the University's areas of greatest need?

The Foundation is seeking additional funds for scholarship endowments, faculty professional development, instructional equipment and for special programs.

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