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When you make a gift to Brenau University, you have tremendous flexibility in determining how the funds will be used, as well as many options for making your gift.
Unrestricted gifts are among the most valuable to Brenau, because they allow the university to allocate funds wherever the need is greatest, and to take advantage of unique opportunities as they arise. Your unrestricted contribution may be used to support costs associated with financial aid, innovations in teaching, technology, facilities, and much more.
Directed gifts allow you to designate your gift to a specific school or program, or a priority area at the university. When you make a directed gift to Brenau, you enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a program that is personally meaningful to you.
You also have the option of designating your gift for the endowment. Endowment gifts provide security over the long term by expanding the university’s permanent financial base and creating a predictable source of future income for such things as endowed faculty positions, student scholarships or fellowships, broad-based interdisciplinary research projects, or even entire academic programs.
Types of Gifts
When you make an outright gift to Brenau, your contribution can be put to work immediately — either providing funding for current programs or creating a reliable source of future income by expanding the university’s endowment. An outright gift may be composed of almost any asset of value:
- Cash gifts — the simplest and easiest gifts you can make — can be made through credit/debit card transactions, outright cash, or personal checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders made payable to Brenau University.
- Gifts of appreciated securities, stocks, and bonds also provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to Brenau before they are sold. If you have held your securities for more than one year, you may find that your gift will provide a twofold tax benefit, creating an income-tax deduction as well as helping avoid the capital-gains tax that would have been due on their sale.
- Gifts of real estate — including personal residences, second homes, income property, and vacant land — offer a wide variety of tax and other benefits. Brenau University has specific gift acceptance policies regarding gifts of real estate. Contact the Office of External Relations at 706-534-6160 to arrange gifts of real estate.
- Gifts of personal property — including rare books, works of art, valuable collectibles, and tangible items of demonstrable value — in some cases may enable you to make a significant gift to support Brenau with outstanding tax benefits to you. Likewise, gifts of intangible personal property, such as copyrights, patents, and mineral rights, can generate income for the program of your choice on a continuing basis. Contact the Office of External Relations at 706-534-6160 for more information.
To learn about deferred or planned gifts, including bequests, life-income plans, and other options for your estate — and for information about increasing your income, earning valuable income-tax deductions, and reducing your estate taxes — please visit our planned giving page.
Matching Gift Programs
Mail documents to:
Office of External Relations
500 Washington St SE
Gainesville GA 30501
An easy way to double or even triple your donation to Brenau is to find out if your company has a matching-gift program. Such programs typically match all or a percentage of employee contributions to charitable organizations, making the employer a partner in employees’ personal philanthropy. Many companies also match gifts from a retiree or the spouse of an employee. Simply obtain a matching gift form from your employer’s personnel office, fill it out, and mail it to Brenau at the address below with your contribution.
Brenau welcomes your gift through a pledge — a formal statement of intention to make a gift to the university. With a pledge, you may complete your gift by making regular payments over time, allowing you to give more generously than you originally may have considered. What is more, each payment on your pledge is eligible for an income-tax charitable deduction.