An Outstanding Living & Learning Environment
Your time at Clarkson was a unique opportunity to learn and mature in a nurturing academic and social environment that prepared you to meet the challenges of a global society. Your 20th anniversary reunion year is a special time to reflect on your growth and achievements, and to say thank you to Clarkson in a way that will help ensure that same Clarkson experience for other students. Your gift connects you to Clarkson’s past and its future.
There are many ways to help students at Clarkson:
1. The Clarkson Fund – Just as others gave when you were in school, your gift to the Clarkson Fund helps students right now. It's easy to make a gift online.
2. Pledges count, too - In your reunion year, you can pledge a gift out up to 5 years and have the entire gift count in your 20th anniversary fundraising total. It's easy to do online.
3. Make it easy - While you're online, you can choose to have your pledge payments charged automatically to your credit card. Make your gift and earn points on your favorite card!
4. Double or even triple the impact of your gift – You can leverage the impact of your gift if your company offers a matching gift program (many programs also match gifts from retirees). It’s a simple process that can make a big difference, and increase your reunion gift credit.
5. A special naming opportunity – You can create an endowed fund in honor of the family name to support anything from student scholarships to professorships. And you can build your endowment with tax-deductible gifts over time. You might also name a room, lab, office or other space on campus.
6. A special gift– Individuals often make a special gift in honor of their anniversary reunion. Your tax-deductible outright gift may be unrestricted, or you may wish to restrict it to a project of special interest. There are always projects to be completed: athletic facility upgrades, classroom renovations, laboratory equipment replacements. Your gift, even pledged over several years, can make a big difference for students right now.
7. Share Clarkson– Pledge at least $2,500 per year for four years and provide a "Share Clarkson" scholarship to help a needy and deserving student access a Clarkson education.
8. Creative gifts - Giving doesn't always need to be cash. Appreciated assets such as stock can make a difference for students at Clarkson, and you get a full deduction without declaring any of the capital gain.
For more ideas on creating a gift plan using non-cash assets request our workbook Gift Planning with Non-cash Assets.
Anniversary reunion gifts may count in the Evolution to Excellence fundraising campaign, and may be eligible for recognition at The Roundtable level. Review Anniversary Reunion Year Gift Counting Guidelines.
Would you like help organizing and defining your philanthropy? Request our Philanthropic Planner.
Is it time to update your will? For help getting organized before meeting with your attorney request our Estate Planning Organizer. And if you would like to document your legal arrangements and final instructions for your survivors request our Personal Affairs Organizer.
Your plan for Clarkson's future may make you a member of the Annie Clarkson Society.
This web page does not provide legal or financial advice, nor is it a comprehensive review of the topic. You should consult your legal and financial advisors and Clarkson University before making or planning your gift.
Cash, Checks, Credit Cards
Charitable Lead Trusts
Closely Held Businesses
Charitable Gift Annuities
Charitable Remainder Trusts
Pooled Life Income Fund
Retained Life Estates
Stocks, Bonds & Mutual Funds
Tangible Personal Property
E2E Counting Guidelines