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Ways to Give

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     Please click here to donate online. Contributions are payable to the Delaware State University Foundation, Inc., and may be mailed with the Contribution Form (Acrobat PDF format)  to the address below. Contributions are Non-Refundable. Delaware State University Foundation, Inc. 1200 North DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 dsufoundation@desu.edu Online Giving  The DSU Foundation is pleased to offer 24/7 online giving as a convenient option for donors. Donors may simply go to our secure web site to make a gift by donating online. By making a donation online, the gift will be processed within 24 hours, upon which a receipt will promptly be emailed to you, followed by an acknowledgement letter. In addition to the convenience of online giving, you may also earn miles and other rewards, if offered by your credit card company for using their card. Debit cards may be used for contributions, as well as credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. Credit Card A credit card gift utilizing Visa, MasterCard, or Discover is one of the easiest, most efficient ways of giving to DSU. If concerned about contributing online, you may make a donation over the phone, by calling 302.857.6056. The gift will be processed within 24 hours. Checks/Money Orders If a check or money order is your preferred method of giving, you may download, print, and complete a  Contribution Form (Acrobat PDF format) and mail the Contribution Form with your check or money order, made payable to the Delaware State University Foundation to: Delaware State University Foundation 1200 North DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 Matching Gifts Employers provide important financial support through their employee matching gift programs.  Check with your Human Resources office to determine whether your employer offers such a program.  If eligible, simply fill out the appropriate matching gift form and send it to the Office of Development.  Matching gifts are included as part of the individual’s total gifts for giving society level memberships.  If your employer provides matching gifts, they will supply you with the appropriate form or online link. EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer Another easy and efficient way to make a gift to DSU is through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).  Using EFT, you may give to DSU in weekly, monthly, or annual increments in the amount that you choose.  Contact the Office of Development (Phone 302.857.6055 or email dsufoundation@desu.edu) if you prefer to give to EFT; we will promptly forward the appropriate form to begin using this convenient giving tool. Life Income Gifts Donors may transfer cash or stock to Delaware State University and establish charitable gift annuities that provide them with an annual return greater than most bank Certificates of Deposit.  This income is paid to the donors for life, after which the assets are distributed to the University.  This type of gift has the dual advantages of increasing donor income and making a significant and deductible gift. Contact us to make such transfers and to establish charitable gift annuities. Bequests The federal estate tax can still take 40% – 50% of one’s estate at the time of death.  A charitable bequest to the Delaware State University Foundation, Inc. in a donor’s will can benefit the University and reduce estate taxes.  Your legal counsel will assist you in this matter. Giving appreciated securities (Stocks) Gifts of securities offer significant tax advantages and are easy to transact. All donors should contact the Office of the Development to receive specific transaction transfer instructions: Phone: 302.857.6056, Email: dsufoundation@desu.edu Giving by Telephone The Annual Giving staff is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., to process your credit card or debit card gift to DSU and may be reached by calling 302.857.6056.  You may also contact this number to renew your support with a gift or for the following service requests: Make a pledge payment Update your work/home mailing addresses Obtain information about capital gifts, gifts of securities, bequests and more Special Funds In addition to the DSU general scholarship fund, you also have the opportunity to designate your contribution to a specific fund that you feel most passionate about.  If you choose one of the special funds, check the other box on your pledge/contribution form and write in your selected fund.   List of available funds Be Counted Today!  
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"It is an honor and a privilege to have been awarded a scholarship. Attending DSU has been and is continuing to be an enriching and life-changing experience.  I look forward to another successful year.  Again, I say, thank you very much for helping to make my college dreams a reality."

-Ashley, pre-nursing major

The Annual Alumni Phone-a-thon Program

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  Click here to give online. In the fall and spring, the Office of Development comes alive each evening with the energy and excitement of students. Their mission is to increase Annual Giving participation among alumni, while also establishing ties with those who are not able to come back to campus. As a matter of fact, these students are the key element to increasing Annual Giving participation and to DSU's overall success. When you are contacted, the student will first make sure that your mailing address (including e-mail) and employment information are correct, and then update you on any recent news or upcoming events on campus. The student will then ask for your support of this year’s Annual Giving Drive. Your gifts help to support academic needs at the University, such as scholarships and special needs that benefit students, as well as provide support for DSU athletics. When you make a pledge by phone, you will receive confirmation by mail. You may designate the pledge to a particular program or fund if you so desire. Upon request, we will send you additional information. We hope that you will be able to participate and to ensure that DSU will maintain its reputation for academic excellence – now, and for future generations! Our callers are committed to assisting us with maintaining and improving the DSU experience for current and future students. These students value the quality education that they receive at DSU, and they realize the life-long advantages that it provides. For this reason, our Phone-a-thon callers are not only contacting alumni to ask for support, but they are also calling to thank them for the great opportunities and experiences that they are receiving at DSU! For more information contact: Office of Development Delaware State University 1200 North DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 dsufoundation@desu.edu      
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"This [scholarship support] is exactly what I need for my last two semesters of college.  I work very hard at keeping a GPA of 3.2 and it feels good to be rewarded.  My experience at DSU has been a beautiful one and something I will cherish for the rest of my life.  Thank you for making life a little easier with the scholarship."
-Alonzo, sport sciences major

Faculty and Staff Giving

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Welcome Faculty and Staff! Support the DSU 2013-14 Faculty and Staff Annual Giving Program: Become a part of the 1Hornet Nation and Be Counted!   FY14 Faculty & Staff Annual Giving Drive  Your support will make a difference! Your financial support of the DSU FY14 Faculty and Staff Annual Giving Drive will greatly assist our students in meeting their financial commitments, remaining in school and achieving a college education.   Whether it is helping a senior graduate in May to a freshman being able to enter his or her sophomore year, every donation makes a difference.   If you have already made a donation to the drive, please consider making an additional one.  The students are why we are here - let's help them stay here.   On behalf of our students, thank you for your continued support. To pledge online via payroll deduction, Click here to complete online payroll deduction pledge form. To pledge or contribute by mail, fill out our Contribution Form (Acrobat PDF format) and mail it to the DSU Foundation.   For more information, contact: Office of Development Delaware State University 1200 North DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 302.857.6055 dsufoundation@desu.edu   .   
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To pledge online via payroll deduction, Payroll Deduction Pledge Form.
 
 
To pledge or contribute by mail, fill out our Contribution Form and mail it to the DSU Foundation.
 
For more information, contact:
Office of Development
Delaware State University
1200 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
302.857.6055

Corporations and Foundations

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  Please click here to donate online. As one of the nation’s premier universities, Delaware State University is a great investment opportunity for corporations and foundations. Corporations and foundations are driving forces behind much of the research and many of the programs that take place on campuses today, and this is especially true at Delaware State University.  The Office of Development staff members identify opportunities — programs, research activities, capital projects, endowed chairs and professorships, fellowship needs and other elements of University life — that parallel corporation and foundation giving opportunities. From recruiting and mentoring students, to funding world-changing research and education programs, corporations investing in Delaware State University have many opportunities to make a difference in the world we live in. For more information, contact: Vita Pickrum Associate Vice President for Development Delaware State University 1200 North DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 vpickrum@desu.edu Charity Shockley Grants Manager Delaware State University 1200 North DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 cshockley@desu.edu  

Establishing Scholarships

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  Establishing A Named DSU Scholarship To establish a named scholarship fund, a minimum of $3,000 is required. A named fund can be established with a down payment of $1,000 and a pledge commitment for the remainder. Pledges to the fund should be completed within three years. At the time of completion, awards can be made in increments as agreed upon by the donor. If $3,000 minimum has not been donated by the donor or others within three years, the amount raised for the Scholarship Fund will revert to the Delaware State University Foundation general scholarship fund and will be awarded based on the criteria given within the signed Scholarship Agreement. Scholarship recipients are chosen by the university’s Scholarship Committee based on criteria established by the donor in conjunction with staff of the Office of Development and University Relations. Donors are apprised of the recipients of the scholarship. Establishing A Named Endowed Fund or DSU Endowed Scholarship There is a consistent need for endowed funds contributed by the various constituencies of the University to be awarded to students on the basis of either scholarly merit and/or financial need. One vehicle to address this need is through the establishment of scholarship funds to honor or memorialize individuals/groups. The minimum to establish an endowed scholarship is $10,000, payable in installments up to a three year period.  Until the scholarship balance reaches $10,000, DSU will not publish the scholarship.  After the minimum is received, online giving may be utilized as a convenient option for further support of the endowed scholarship. Additional contributions may be made by the Donor and the Donor shall permit others to contribute to this Fund, but all such gifts shall be subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the Scholarship Agreement. The minimum for an endowed scholarship is $10,000 and the donor has three years from the pledge date to make installments towards the required amount. If $10,000 has not been donated by the donor or others within three years, the amount raised for the Endowed Scholarship Fund will revert to the Delaware State University Foundation general scholarship fund and will be awarded based on the criteria given within the signed Scholarship Agreement. The endowment will be managed by the Board of Directors of the Foundation in accordance with the Foundation's investment and disbursement policies which have been provided to the Donor. The Fund may be combined with the Foundation's other assets for investment purposes. The total return earned by the Fund, in excess of the payout amount provided for expenditure, will be retained to protect the corpus principal from the effects of inflation. Scholarship recipients are chosen by the university’s Scholarship Committee based on criteria established by the donor in conjunction with staff of the Office of Development. Donors are apprised of the recipients of the scholarship. For more information contact: Office of Development Delaware State University 1200 North DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 dsufoundation@desu.edu        
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"Thank you for providing funding for this scholarship. I really want to graduate from college, but getting a college degree is both mentally and financially difficult.  By providing funds for this scholarship, you help me because I no longer need to stress about paying for college and I can focus on school work.  Thank you for helping make my school career possible."
-Kendra, pre-nursing major

Naming Opportunities

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  Please click here to donate online. An array of possibilities exists at Delaware State University for donors interested in naming opportunities. The financial requirements for naming opportunities differ, and donors are encouraged to discuss their ideas with the Office of Development.  We invite you to consider a wide variety of opportunities and help DSU address current needs and prepare for the challenges of the next century. All facility naming opportunities are subject to DSU Board approval and while these are guidelines; we welcome the opportunity to work with you directly to meet your particular interests. Please give us a call at 302.857.6055 if you have an interest in reviewing the options in greater detail or planning your gift to partner with DSU. Current naming opportunities exist with for facilities such as the Wellness & Recreation Center and the DSU Strength and Conditioning Center. For more information contact: Vita Pickrum Associate Vice President for Development Delaware State University 1200 North DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 vpickrum@desu.edu  Wellness & Recreation Center       DSU Strength and Conditioning Center        

Frequently Asked Questions

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  Frequently Asked Questions   Please click here to donate online. What is the Annual Fund?  Who do we contact? Will I get a separate call from my college, school, or department? Where does the money go? How much of my gift really goes where I want it to go? Why do you conduct a telephone campaign? Where is the Phone-a-thon Center located? Are the callers really DSU students? Is the student a volunteer? When do you call? Why did I get called twice? Is my gift tax-deductible? May I use my credit card? Is this the Delaware State University Alumni Association? Can I pay my DSU Alumni Association dues through the Phone-a-thon? May I choose where I want my gift to go? Can I call you back? Will my company match my gift? How does this work, exactly, if I want to make a gift? Can you send me a blank pledge card? May I select the student to receive my gift that is earmarked for scholarships? My questions is not listed above, who do I contact?       What is the Annual Fund? This is a term used for the annual fundraising drives conducted by the Office of Development. Solicitations are made via the telephone, direct mail, and the internet. Back to top Who do we contact? Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. Back to top Will I get a separate call from my college, school, or department? No. Phonathon student callers contact alumni from each college. You may always inform the student to direct your gift to a particular department or fund. In rare cases, you may also be contacted by a staff person from the University in connection with a special project. We encourage everyone to make a regular annual gift to DSU. Your participation is important to us. Back to top Where does the money go? To support academic programs such as scholarships, graduate fellowships, library resources, computer upgrades, program enhancements, chairs, professorships, and research that directly benefit the faculty and students here on campus and for athletics support. Back to top How much of my gift really goes where I want it to go? 100% of each gift is guaranteed to go to the designation specified by each donor.  Back to top Why do you conduct a telephone campaign? A significant portion of DSU’s budget comes from federal and state allocations – the remainder must come from other sources, such as tuition and private gifts. We find that a quick friendly telephone call from a current student is a pleasant way for you to stay connected to the university, and for the student to be able to explain opportunities to support academic programs. Back to top Where is the Phone-a-thon Center located? The second floor of the Administration and Student Services Building and adjacent to the Office of Development. This is a convenient location for our student callers. Back to top Are the callers really DSU students? Yes. We employ 10-15 students throughout the year. In some cases, a student may continue working part-time after graduation. Back to top Is the student a volunteer? No. With over 10,000 alumni to contact, this provides a wonderful opportunity for students to earn money for college, while gaining valuable office and communications experience. Back to top When do you call? Our normal hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday evenings. We comply with all applicable state and federal regulations and do not call after 9 pm. Back to top Why did I get called twice? Typically all alumni should only receive one call from a Phonathon caller. Occasionally, you will receive a second call if both you and your spouse or significant other are alumni, or if you are a parent of a current student, or if your child is a graduate of DSU and still living at home according to our records. Back to top Is my gift tax-deductible? Yes, 100%. Once we receive your gift, you will receive a thank you letter verifying that your gift has been deposited into the account you have specified. Back to top May I use my credit card? Yes - once you receive your pledge card in the mail, you will see instructions for using your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. Back to top Is this the Delaware State University Alumni Association? No. The Delaware State University University Alumni Association (DSUAA) seeks memberships from all graduates of Delaware State University. Annual membership dues are $25. These memberships are not charitable contributions and are not tax deductible. You may find more information about the Delaware State University Alumni Association at www.desu.edu/alumni. Back to top Can I pay my DSU Alumni Association dues through the Phonathon? No. These memberships are not charitable contributions and are not tax deductible. Back to top May I choose where I want my gift to go? Yes. While unrestricted funds are always needed, many alumni choose to designate a gift to any department, college, scholarship fund, other academic program, or athletics at the University. Back to top Can I call you back? Our students only work part-time, in the evenings, so it’s very difficult to reach the particular student who may have attempted to reach you. You may call our Annual Fund Office at 302-857-6056 with your questions or concerns, Monday thru Friday 8:30a.m. until 4:30p.m. EST. Back to top Will my company match my gift? Very possibly! Hundreds of national companies will match a gift by an employee. This can double or even triple your gift to the Delaware State University. Contact your Human Resources Office for details. Note: spouses of employees, retired employees, and board members are often eligible for the match as well. Back to top How does this work, exactly, if I want to make a gift? It’s easy! Simply tell the student how much you would like to pledge. Then we will send you a pledge form, with all pertinent details spelled out. An envelope will be provided for you to return your gift. It’s that simple! Back to top Can you send me a blank pledge card? Yes. We will be glad to send you a packet of information for you to peruse at your convenience. When you receive this packet, we hope we can count on your participation. Back to top May I select the student to receive my gift that is earmarked for scholarships? No. In keeping with IRS regulations, a donor may not select the benefactor of a particular scholarship. The DSU Scholarship Committee is careful to strictly adhere to donor restrictions when determining the DSU scholarship recipients. Back to top My questions is not listed above, who do I contact? If your question is not answered above, please contact us at DSUfoundation@desu.edu. Back to top  

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