Our office encourages ETSU alumni, students, parents, and friends to renew their ties by making annual gifts. Your collective support enables ETSU leadership to respond to immediate needs, unexpected opportunities, and fresh ideas. Annual gifts are put to use as they come in, making them an essential complement to the ETSU Endowment, which is invested for the long term.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your Search Results
Why Should I Make an Annual Gift?
- Tuition covers only about half the real cost of undergraduate education. Grants, research, State funding, and philanthropy make up the remainder. Even those who pay "full tuition" benefit from the generosity of others, through enhanced facilities, programs, and experiential learning.
- Governmental funding has declined.
- ETSU's mission is global. Big ideas can be expensive. Making a difference is worth it.
- Making an annual gift every year makes a statement to corporations, foundations, and college ranking publications, sending a clear signal that you believe in ETSU and support the unique educational experience we provide.
I'm a Graduate of ETSU and I Already Paid My Tuition. Why is My Gift So Important?
Tuition covers only about half the real cost of undergraduate education.
Your participation through annual gifts helps safeguard the value of your degree. Annual gifts—no matter the size—add up and are an important income stream that underwrites school activities, ensures the school's fiscal health and continued excellence.
Joining the ETSU National Alumni Association is one of the most meaningful ways to continue to impact your alma mater. Member support allows us to connect Buccaneers with each other and with the university we love. Membership is about traditions, lifelong connections and using the knowledge you gained during your time at ETSU to make a difference. To join the Alumni Association, click here. Membership dues are not recognized as charitable contributions under IRS guidelines.
What is the Difference Between Annual, Capital, Endowment, and Campaign Gifts?
Annual Gifts - raised each year from alumni, parents, partners, and friends and typically spent within the same fiscal year. Annual gifts help funds many of the programs and priorities on campus that do not receive regular designated support.
Capital Gifts - normally larger, one-time donations that go toward projects like new buildings, equipment, or facilities.
Endowment Gifts - the principle is invested, and the investment income from the principle gift perpetually supports the University through underwritten scholarships, professorships, chairs, colleges, schools, and programs.
Campaign Gifts or Pledges - demonstrate your support for the Campaign for ETSU and funds initiatives within the campaign case statement.
I Can't Afford to Make a Large Gift. Is There any Point in Giving?
Large gifts are essential to the University's success. But, so are modest ones. ETSU has more than 97,000 living alumni. When our gifts are combined, they make a significant impact!
Every day, every hour, the whole ETSU family helps ETSU students who wouldn't be here without your support.
What is the ETSU President's Circle and How Do I Become a Member?
Simply make a gift of $500 or gifts totaling $500 or more during the Universit's fiscal year. Gifts to any area of the University qualify.
We invite President's Circle members throughout the year to special events, such as university tours and open houses, as well as to private tailgate events before home football games. More information here.
Are there Non-monetary Ways I Can Support ETSU?
Absolutely! Whether it's recommending a student to ETSU, setting up a summer internship at the company where you work, telling others about your positive experiences, or cheering on Buccaneer athletic teams and academic clubs, we appreciate your support!
Also, during ETSU Day of Giving (next one scheduled for April 22, 2020), we ask everyone to be active advocates on social media and among their networks. More information about Day of Giving here.
How Does My Annual Gift Help the Different Colleges, Schools, Departments, and Programs?
ETSU Annual Giving supports all areas at ETSU. Your unrestricted gift goes where it is most needed.
You also have the option to choose the specific college, department, program, or scholarship you would like to support.
Explore some of the areas in which you can give here.
Is My Annual Gift Tax Deductible?
The East Tennessee State University Foundation is a qualified tax-exempt corporation under Section 501 (c)(3), making your contributions tax deductible to the extent provided by law. If you received any tangible benefit in exchange for your contribution, the tax deductible amount is limited to the amount of your contribution over the stated value of the item or benefit you received.
Athletic ticket obligation gifts, athletic tickets, and alumni association memberships are not tax deductible. Always consult your tax advisor.
Can I Make a Gift in Honor or in Memory of Someone?
Yes! A tribute gift may be in honor or in memory of a former professor, family member, friend, student, or colleague. We will send an acknowledgement to the individual whom you are honoring. We also notify family when a gift is made in memory of their loved one.
I Think My Employer Offers Matching Gifts. Should I Participate?
Yes, it is easy to find out if you work for a Matching Gift employer by clicking here. If your company matches gifts, you'll be directed to the instructions to do so. Some companies offer 1:1, 1:2, and even 1:3 matches, multiplying the impact of your gifts!
I Need a Copy of My Gift Receipt for Tax Purposes. Whom Should I Contact?
Please contact the ETSU Advancement Services team for a new receipt. They can be reached by phone at (423) 439-5722 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org during regular business hours Monday through Friday. If you reach out during non-business hours, they will respond to your message as soon as they are in the office.
How Do I Update My Personal Information with ETSU?
You can visit our Records Update page to make changes, including making changes to your alumni records or to submit Class Notes.
What is the ETSU Fiscal Year?
Our fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30 and coincides with our academic year.
Annual Giving Vision, Mission, Values, Goals, and Plan
The Annual Giving Office will build and sustain a significant base of supporters, ensuring a continuing source of annual, expendable, and primarily unrestricted funding for the University.
We will acquire, upgrade, and renew contributors to the University, providing thoughtful and compelling case statements and acknowledge/communicate the impact of donors’ actions. We will also identify and cultivate future major and planned gift supporters and collaborate
effectively with Advancement colleagues.
We are guided by strong ethics (as reflected in University policy and the ETSU Core Values), a high level of accountability, and the pursuit of excellence.
Develop, Document, and Communicate Consistent Practices:
- Benchmark with colleagues and aspirational peers.
- Review/document procedures.
- Develop methods to analyze data and target specific opportunities.
- Develop a means to communicate with deans and other senior leaders.
Increase Annual Giving by at least 10% in 2017-18.
- Increase Donor Participation:
Analyze historical data and patterns.
- Segment donor populations to prioritize and maximize effectiveness.
- Reach out to constituents on a regular basis to build giving habits and provide stewardship.
- Develop themed giving communities to promote passion, belonging, and teamwork.
Plan and conduct ETSU Day of Giving (April 22, 2020).
Plan and conduct a faculty and staff giving campaign
Improve the awareness/importance of student philanthropy and heighten the visibility of Annual Giving among students.