Giving FAQ

How do I make a gift?
Can my gift be designated to a specific area or department at the university?
How do I participate in a matching gift program?
How do I make a gift in honor of or in memory of someone?
Is my gift tax deductible?
Will I get a receipt for tax purposes?
What is the campaign reinvestment fee?
Whom can I contact with more questions about making a gift?

How do I make a gift?

Virginia Commonwealth University
Gifts and Records Management
Box 843042
Richmond, VA 23284-3042

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Can my gift be designated to a specific area or department at the university?
Yes, your gift can be designated to an area of your choice. Simply include your intentions in a short letter or in the memo line of your check.

Checks should be made payable to the entity receiving the gift. For example, to make a gift to the Marianne Burns Brown Memorial Scholarship in the School of World Studies, make the check payable to the VCU Foundation and write “Marianne Burns Brown Memorial Scholarship” in the memo line.

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How do I participate in a matching gift program?
Corporate matching gift programs contribute more than a billion dollars annually to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. alone, and they are a valuable source of philanthropic support for VCU. Corporate matching gifts can help donors double their gift. Corporate matches also help VCU build valuable partnerships with the business community.

VCU is pleased to offer our donors an online matching gifts directory where you can research your company’s matching gift program and download matching gift forms. Matching gift verification forms can be mailed to:

Virginia Commonwealth University
Gifts and Records Management
Box 843042
Richmond, VA 23284-3042

For more information about VCU’s matching gift program, contact Michaelann Greene-Russell (B.S.’91/B), senior matching gifts coordinator, at migreene@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4595.

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How do I make a gift in honor of or in memory of someone?
If you would like to make a gift in honor or memory of someone, please note the person’s name in the memo line. Checks should be made payable to the foundation receiving the gift. If possible, please include family contact and family address so we can notify them of your gift. Dollar amounts are not shared.

If you are interested in establishing an endowed fund in honor or in memory of someone, please contact the school’s or program’s development office.

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Is my gift tax-deductible?
Yes. In general, gifts benefiting the university are tax-deductible. Please contact your tax adviser for more information.

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Will I get a receipt for tax purposes?
Tax receipts are generally mailed within a week after we receive your donation or emailed to you immediately after making a gift online. For gifts made through payroll deduction, an annual tax receipt is sent in January with a giving summary for the prior year.

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What is the campaign reinvestment fee?
On par with similar research universities statewide and nationally, VCU maintains a campaign reinvestment fee on all qualifying gifts to further fund its development and alumni relations efforts.

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Whom can I contact with more questions about making a gift?
If you have additional questions about making a gift, please contact the school’s or program’s development office. You also can contact Anne Hoffler, Executive Director, Office of Donor Relations and Events, at (804) 828-3383 or Jenn Papenfuse (M.P.A.'06/GPA; Cert.'06/H&S), Senior Director of Stewardship Programs, at (804) 828-0745.

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