Ways to Give


Gifts of cash are the most common form of giving. Outright gifts of cash to West Virginia State University Foundation, Inc. are charitable contributions and qualify for deductions on your federal income tax return for those who itemize deductions. Cash gifts may be unrestricted and serve the greatest needs of West Virginia State University or restricted for a specific program.

  • Credit/Debit Card: Make a gift safely and securely online today.
  • Check: Please make the check payable to West Virginia State University Foundation. Checks should be mailed to: The WVSU Foundation, Inc.100 Barron Drive, East Hall P.O. Box 1000 Institute, WV 25112-1000. You can click here to find and print our downloadable form.

Tower Club (Monthly Donor)

Become a member of the Tower Club today by making a monthly gift of $18.91 or more. Join with other dedicated contributors in helping to support WVSU students and programs. To sign up and find out about member benefits click the link below:

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Planned Gifts

Planned gifts make an enormous and lasting impact on West Virginia State University creating a legacy for WVSU students that lasts for generations. Supporting WVSU with a Legacy Gift is a great way to ensure that WVSU remains strong for years to come.

We’ve partnered with FreeWill: a free estate planning resource to help you write your legally valid will and create other important estate planning documents.

If you have been so generous as to include a bequest to West Virginia State University as part of your estate plan, please fill out this short form to let us know.

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Beneficiary Designation

Did you know that there are additional assets not covered in a standard will or trust? If you have an IRA, 401(k), life insurance policy, or any additional accounts, these are called “non-probate assets,” and they need to be planned separately. Using this online tool, you can log all of your assets, name West Virginia State University as a beneficiary to make a real difference for students, and receive printable instructions on how to set each one up with your broker.

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Other Gifts

Gifts of Stock

Many donors who have held securities for more than one year have seen those investments appreciate in value. By making a gift of those securities to the Foundation, you gain an immediate tax deduction of the market value of the gift as permitted by law. You may also be able to carry forward any unused part of the contribution over a specific period of time.

In periods of rising markets, securities may be a particularly attractive method of giving. To complete a transfer, you may present securities to the Foundation with a "stock power" or endorse each certificate on the back. Endorsed certificates should be hand-carried or sent by registered mail to the Foundation. The specific value of a securities gift is determined by the average price between the highest and lowest quoted selling prices on the valuation date. If the securities have depreciated in value, it may be advisable to sell them at a loss and then give the proceeds to the Foundation. The proceeds will be treated as a cash gift and a capital loss may be claimed on your income tax return.

Please contact Cynthia Rakes if you are planning an electronic transfer of securities.

Gifts of Real Estate

A gift of appreciated real estate provides an immediate tax deduction of the value of the property. You may choose to fund a life income plan or other trust with the proceeds from the sale of real estate. Please contact Foundation@wvstateu.edu or call (304) 766-3020.


Other ways to give to West Virginia State University Foundation, Inc. include the donation of book collections, art works, maps, furniture, equipment and many other items that can be used for legitimate educational purposes. The tax value of these gifts is a matter determined by you and qualified appraisers and approved by the Internal Revenue Service. Gifts such as these are charitable contributions and are deductible to the full extent allowed by law. The Foundation reserves the right to refuse a gift if it does not meet the educational purposes of the University. Please contact Foundation@wvstateu.edu or (304) 766-3020.

IRA Charitable Rollover

You can give any amount (up to a maximum of $100,000) per year from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as the West Virginia State University Foundation without having to pay income taxes on the money. Click here if you would prefer to download a written form.

Learn more about IRA charitable Rollover


Payroll Deduction (Faculty Staff Giving)

West Virginia State University faculty and staff are loyal supporters of the university and its students. Members of the faculty and staff of the university may their annual donations via payroll deduction and also become a member of the Tower Club. Available only to WVSU faculty and staff to support students and programs.  

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