Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I give to Auburn University?

Many individuals give to Auburn because they are grateful for the opportunities their Auburn education provided for them. Some give because they view support of Auburn University as a good investment. Others have an interest in seeing a particular program grow and succeed.

Whatever your motivation, your individual support makes a difference — for a student, a professor or a program. Gifts of all sizes are important because they enable us to remain one of the best public universities in the country.


I already gave my annual contribution to the Alumni Association, why is Auburn asking me for more?

Your annual Alumni Association membership dues are just that — membership dues. They pay for your alumni magazine subscription, special alumni events and various other administrative costs. A separate gift to Auburn University will be a direct investment in the University's students, faculty and the entire Auburn community.


I do not want my contributions to go into a black hole. How can I be sure my gift supports the areas I want to support?

You decide where your gift goes simply by designating the college, campus or program of your choice. Whether you give via mail, make a pledge over the phone or donate online, you will have the opportunity to tell us what to do with your gift. Your hard earned dollars will help the area you choose.


My gift of $10, $25, $50 or even $100 seems small. Will this make a difference?

Think about it — 10,000 gifts of $50 equals $500,000! Think of the impact this can have on students' lives.


Are my gifts to Auburn tax deductible?

Yes, all gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law and you will receive an acknowledgement or a gift receipt seven to ten days after you make your gift.


How do I go about making a gift to Auburn?

There are a variety of ways to make a gift. If you want to make an immediate cash gift, the easiest way to do so is through our secure online giving page. You may also send a gift by mail.

Interested in planned giving? Making a pledge for future payment? Check our giving opportunities section for a variety of ways to give.


How does the matching gift program work?

Thousands of companies match the charitable contributions of their employees, sometimes at a rate of 2 to1 or even 3 to1. Check our online directory to see if your employer is listed. The directory also provides corporate contact information.


Where are new gifts needed most?

Gifts from alumni and friends fill critical funding to help Auburn University provide quality education, research and outreach opportunities. You can review these funding needs to find the best fit for your gift. While most gifts to the University are designated by the donor for specific purposes, some donors prefer to designate their gift for use where the University determines the need is greatest.


What is an endowment?

An endowment is a long-term investment in Auburn University that provides benefits to students, faculty or programs year after year, generation after generation. For endowed funds, the donor stipulates that the principal must be invested and all or a portion of the income be expended to carry out the donor's purpose. To guard against the eroding consequences of inflation, the remaining portion of investment return is then added to the principal. The goal is to ensure that the principal maintains its purchasing power over time to support future generations.


How do I make a stock gift to Auburn?

Making a gift of stock is easy, and it may save you money on your capital gains tax.


I'd like to talk to someone with specific knowledge about the college or program I want to support. Who do I contact?

There are development officers at every campus, every college and each major campus unit, and they are very familiar with ongoing programs and developing needs within their units.


Who do I contact for information about including Auburn in my will?

Contact our Trusts, Estates and Gift Planning professionals by email at plannedgiving@auburn.edu, call them at 334-844-7375, or visit their website.


As an employee of Auburn, who do I contact with questions about giving to Auburn?

Contact Annual Giving at aubfund@auburn.edu or 334-844-1445.

Last Updated: Dec. 1, 2010

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