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SC State University Foundation
Frequently Asked Questions

South Carolina State University is a public university; doesn’t the state take care of its needs?
SC State University is state assisted, but by no means fully supported by the state of South Carolina. State appropriations account for only a percentage of the university's budget and support. Declining state support is a national trend facing many public universities. No state university can be competitive today without significant private support.


What are some good reasons to contribute to SC State University?
SC State University’s rich history, proven record of success and vision of the future make a strong statement about the transforming power of education. Higher education has the power to change individual lives and is the key to solving large issues. SC State’s continuous achievement of its mission is catapulting the university into the global spotlight. Closer to home, academic research programs are addressing some of our state and nation’s most pressing societal concerns.


Who is contributing financial support?
Gifts come from various sources. The greatest number of gifts are from alumni and friends who recognize the importance of building on SC State’s record of academic excellence.


How does the Foundation support SC State University?
The Foundation exists solely for SC State University. We raise, manage, invest and disburse funds for the advancement of the learning environment at SC State. Through annual giving programs, planned gifts (wills, trusts and other methods of giving) and special-purpose campaigns, the Foundation works with the colleges, programs and units of the university to generate private support from alumni and friends. 


What does the Foundation do with contributions?
We do exactly what the donors tell us to do with their gifts. The majority of gifts are designated by donors for a particular college, unit or program. These are called restricted gifts.  


How can I support the college or program of my choice?
You may select from any of the areas on the “Ways to Give” page.


Are gifts tax deductible?
Yes, gifts to SC State University Foundation are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.