Giving FAQs

   
See our most frequently asked questions below for more information on giving to MSU.
Why does MSU need my gift?
We are deeply appreciative of our donors and their support of MSU’s endeavors. While there was a time when state funds covered almost every dollar MSU needed to operate, today only 38 percent of the University’s total budget is paid for through the state’s general fund. Private philanthropy provides the resources MSU requires to continue growing its stature as a global leader in the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.

MSU has recently launched the What It Takes Campaign for MSU in anticipation of the University’s 125th birthday in 2018. The Campaign will ensure that MSU remains intellectually vibrant and continues to serve Montana and the greater society as an extraordinary resource for knowledge creation and dissemination.
Does the size of my gift matter to MSU?
Every donation matters. Every donation counts. Your gift of any size helps ensure MSU’s excellence now and in the future. You are encouraged to explore the site and find a school, department, campus area, fund or cause that matters to you, and make a gift, of any size.
What is a Gift to MSU?

A gift is a generic term that includes outright gifts, deferred gifts and pledges, the assets of which are irrevocable and can include cash, securities, real property, tangible personal property or other non-monetary assets.

MSU derives support from formal, approved appeals (solicitations) to potential donors to provide for various university programs. Fundraising and its results have become crucial to the continued and future excellence of MSU. All aspects of fundraising, including solicitation, accepting gifts and, as necessary, the return of gifts, are conducted in an organized and professional manner.

All gifts are solicited and accepted in support of MSU, and become the property of the respective entity upon acceptance. The dollar amount of the gift shall be the amount of cash actually received; the fair market value of property received (less any benefit retained by the donor); or, if in the form of a pledge, the full amount pledged.

DEFINITIONS
Accepting gifts: Legal acceptance of a gift by an authorized campus official. This includes taking title to a tendered gift in the name of the MSU Alumni Foundation, and notifying the donor.

Outright gift: A voluntary and irrevocable donation of cash or property that may be used immediately.

Deferred gift: A broad description for charitable gifts that provide a deferred benefit to MSU. There are two major categories of deferred gifts: revocable and irrevocable. The most common type of revocable gift is a bequest intention made via will, living trust, IRA or insurance proceeds. Irrevocable deferred gifts generally provide immediate tax benefits and often a lifetime income for the donor. Examples of irrevocable deferred gifts are charitable trusts, gift annuities, and pooled income funds.

Pledge: An irrevocable written agreement to pay a specified amount of money according to an agreed upon schedule.

Solicitation: Any communication to potential donors requesting gifts to the university.

What is the "What It Takes" Campaign for MSU?
As a top-tier public research university, MSU’s influence is as far-reaching as it is profound. Rooted in its public mission to provide education and opportunity for all, MSU is also a powerful force for innovation and positive change, committed to making a difference in individual lives—and to making the world a better place. For over 100 years, our successes have been fueled by bright, innovative and talented optimists in hundreds of fields of endeavor working together to deliver solutions in every area of life. Today, we are poised and ready to break down new barriers, overcome fresh obstacles and push further into unexplored frontiers. In our next century, with the help of the What It Takes Campaign, we will continue to turn our passion into promise and create a brighter future for all of us.

The best way for MSU to preserve our public interest is through private support. Our goal is to raise $300 million over the course of the Campaign. Those funds will help ensure that MSU can do more than maintain the status quo—they will allow us to continue to achieve the seemingly impossible and help us forge new ways forward in our quest to build a better tomorrow.
What is an endowment?
An endowment is a fund established by gift in which the donor has imposed the restriction that the principal remain intact; only income and growth from the principal can be used to support the stated purpose of the fund.
What is MSU’s Tax ID number?
Donors may claim tax deductions for gifts and donations made to the university. MSU’s federal taxpayer ID number for gifts to the MSU Alumni Foundation is 81-6001649. Giving opportunities on the Give to MSU webpage are administered via the MSU Foundation. Your gift may be tax deductible. For tax advantages click here.
How do I find an area to which I can direct my gift?
When you begin the process of making an online gift, you can view variety of ways to find and search for areas to which you may wish to make a gift to MSU. Please spend some time on the site, the stories, videos and images are sure to inspire!
I’m not an alumnus, am I still able to make a gift to MSU?
Anyone can give to MSU, whether an alumnus or not. MSU is grateful for your support. Every donation matters. Every donation counts. Your gift of any size helps ensure MSU’s excellence now and in the future. You are encouraged to explore the site and find a college, department, fund or cause that matters to you, and make a gift, of any size.
May I make a joint gift to MSU with my spouse or recognized domestic partner?
You will be given this option once you click on the Make Gift Online Now button which will take you to the giving details page.
How do I make a one-time gift to MSU through my credit card?
You may make a one-time gift to MSU through the online gift form. You will be given this option once you progress to the giving details page. Once you have chosen your giving option you will be able to proceed through the payment process by entering in your personal and payment details.
How do I set up a monthly or regular credit card deduction?

You may set up a Recurring Gift through the online giving form. After advancing to the giving options page, select RECURRING GIFT and choose the amount and frequency to set up your payment schedule. You will be given four scheduling options:

  1. Monthly
  2. Quarterly
  3. Semi-Annually
  4. Annually

You control the amount and frequency of your investment and where the money will go. Once you have chosen the amount and frequency you will be able to proceed through the payment process by entering in your personal and payment details.

How can I submit my gift by mail?

Please make checks payable to the MSU Alumni Foundation. Gifts can be mailed to the address below:

MSU Alumni Foundation
P.O. Box 172750
Bozeman, MT 59717-2750

Questions? The Development Team is available to provide customer service and address general questions you may have related to your giving.

You may direct questions via email to info@msuaf.org or call (406) 994-2053.

Can I make my donation anonymous?
Per MSUAF policy, exact gift amounts are not externally (outside of MSUAF and MSU) published without written donor consent. Gifts can be confidential. When confidentiality is applied to a gift, MSU is not notified of the donor name. MSUAF credits and receipts all gifts and will be aware of the donor name. If you would like your gift to be acknowledged as confidential, please note this by clicking the confidential button when you are entering your giving details. For complete anonymity, a gift should be completed through an agent or other third party.
How do I specify my gift in honor of, or as a memorial for, someone?

You may make your gift a tribute to a special person through the online giving form. You will be given this option once you proceed to the giving details page.

Please check the MAKE THIS GIFT IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF SOMEONE box on the giving details page. You will be asked to enter in details about what type of gift you are making (in honor of, in memory of) and the name of the person you are recognizing. You also will be asked to enter in an email address (optional) if you would like your honoree to be notified of your donation. A gift made in memory of someone does not contain an email address request, as these gifts are intended to memorialize a deceased person.

How can I find out if my company has a matching gifts program?

You can look up your company in our matching gift database.

You will also be given this option when making a donation through the online giving form.

I represent a foundation or corporation. Whom should I contact about making a gift?
Please contact MSU Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations (CFRR). MSU increasingly relies on private support to remain competitive with top public and private research universities. Funding from corporations and foundations helps maintain the University’s excellence and directly impacts its exceptional students, faculty and programs.
CFRR can help identify partnership opportunities across the campus and facilitate introductions with key faculty and campus leadership. CFRR staff can assist with coordination of all corporate and foundation gifts and grants to MSU. You may direct questions via email to info@msuaf.org or call (406) 994-2053.
I am a MSU faculty member, administrator or staff person. May I use payroll deduction to make a gift to MSU?

Yes, payroll deduction is an option for MSU employees. You can view payroll deduction options from our Faculty/Staff giving page.  You will be given three payment scheduling options:

  1. One Time (a one-time gift)
  2. Short Term (if selected, you will be able to choose a number of months, from 2–60)
  3. Indefinite (choosing this category sets up an ongoing schedule, without an end date)

Once you have chosen the amount and frequency you will be able to proceed through the payment process by entering in your personal and payment details.

I want to make a large gift to MSU and want to speak with someone. Who may I speak with about my prospective gift?
The Development Team is available to provide customer service and address general questions you may have related to your giving. The Development Team can also assist in connecting you to the appropriate development officer to answer your questions or facilitate your next gift.

You may direct questions via email to info@msuaf.org or call (406) 994-4207.
What personal details do you collect?
To proceed through the payment process, we collect information that allows us to process and credit your gift to you in an appropriate manner as mandated by university policies and procedures. We collect, name, address (specify home or business), phone (specify home or business), email (specify personal or business), birthday and graduation year (optional). Collection of this info verifies who you are, updates MSU’s database of record and allows MSU to communicate with you about your gift. MSU does not store your credit card information.
Who can I speak to about my gift?
MSU’s Development Team is available to provide customer service and address general questions you may have related to your giving. The Development Team can also assist in connecting you to the appropriate development officer to answer your questions or facilitate your next gift.

You may direct questions via email to info@msuaf.org or call (406) 994-4207.

How do I make a pledge to give a gift to MSU online?
You may set up a pledge gift through the online giving form. After proceeding to the giving details page, select the PLEDGE box and choose the amount you would like to pledge to MSU.

You control the amount and frequency of your investment and where the money will go. After the amount you wish to pledge has been chosen, you will be asked for your personal and payment details.
How do I update my personal information with the University?
Please use this form to update your address, email, and submit class notes for The Collegian.