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University Advancement

East Tennessee State University

Gifts to the ETSU Foundation can be made in several ways. University Advancement staff members are available to answer your questions, or schedule a personal, confidential consultation. You can also contact us at (423) 439-4242 or by sending e-mail to .

Gifts in Person - personally deliver checks to Burgin Dossett Hall, Suite 302.

Gifts by Mail - make checks payable to, "ETSU Foundation" and mail to University Advancement, East Tennessee State University, PO Box 70721, Johnson City, TN 37614

Gifts by Credit Card - make recurring or one-time payments by visiting our online giving form at or by using the ETSU App (download from the Apple Store and Google Play).

Gifts by Checking or Savings Account - arrange for recurring debits or electronic funds transfer (EFT) from your account (monthly, quarterly, or annually) by printing and completing the EFT Authorization Form attaching a voided check, and sending to University Advancement, East Tennessee State University, PO Box 70721, Johnson City, TN 37614.

Gifts by Payroll Deduction - arrange for recurring deductions from your ETSU pay.  Complete the Payroll Deduction Form online.  The form will be routed electronically and your deduction will start on the 10th of the following month.

Employer Matching Giving - double or even triple the amount of your gift by involving your employer. Find out if your employer matches gifts here:

Direct Stock Transfer – ETSU Foundation account is at Raymond James/Citizens Financial, Johnson City, TN. The contact there is Mr. Clem Wilkes, phone number: 423-928-8361. For more information, see the Stock Transfer Information Sheet.  You can also contact Sunny Sandos,, Exec Dir, Planned Giving for more information.

Memorial Gifts - Honoring or memorializing a special Boxperson with a gift to East Tennessee State University can be tremendously gratifying. It is a formal tribute to celebrate a loved one, friend, classmate, teacher, or colleague that provides valuable support to the University. Gifts may be designated toward a cause that would be meaningful to the honored or memorialized individual—or left to the discretion of the University. To make a memorial gift via credit card, use our secure online form at Be sure to complete the honor/memoriam section.  If paying by check, include a brief note to include the designation you want your gift to support and the name of the individual for whom you are making a gift (see address information at right). 

 Endowed Funds - thought of as a permanent fund, where only the annual payout of earnings is used to serve the purposes of the endowed fund.  The principal in the endowment is never touched.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is utilized to establish relevant information with respect to the scholarship, including a biographical sketch of the donor, criteria for selecting the award recipient, and other pertinent information, so we always know the donor’s intent and wishes in establishing the scholarship.  We urge our donors to consider designating their estate gifts for an endowed fund, which can be named for the donor.  The minimum needed to establish an endowed scholarship in the ETSU Foundation is currently $25,000. This amount may be payable over a five-year period of time, or included in your estate planning. 

Restricted Funds - operate much like a checking account.  It is a one-time donation in any amount which will be used as designated by the donor.

 No matter how you make your gift, you can always designate it to support the area(s) of ETSU you choose.  Either select the designation on the online gift form or mark your choice on the card we provided.  You always have the option of marking "Other" and writing in the area(s) you'd like to support.  

Types of Gifts

Outright Gifts

Include cash, checks and pledges of future funds. If the donor's employer MATCHES charitable contributions, the impact of the gift can be increased, and the donor will receive recognition at the appropriate level for the combined gift and the match.

Shares of Stock

In publicly traded companies can be given, and may have real tax advantage to you by  allowing you to avoid capital gains taxes for stock which has appreciated in value and has been owned by the donor for more than one year.

Planned Gifts *

Include bequests from a last will and testament, charitable remainder trust and lead trusts, charitable gift annuities and other arrangements that may offer significant tax and estate planning advantages to the donor. If interested, please visit the Legacy Circle.

Life Insurance Policies *

Can offer a simple and cost effective way to benefit the university by naming the ETSU Foundation as the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy. Payments by the donor of the policy's premiums may also result in a tax-deductible gift to the Foundation.

Retirement Plans *

Can also name the ETSU Foundation as the beneficiary, and may serve to assist the donor with his or her tax and estate planning.

Gifts of Personal Property

Such as books, jewelry, art, professional equipment, and other items may be given.  Use the In-kind Gift Form.

Gifts of Real Property

May be given to the ETSU Foundation, or included in a planned gift.

* If you are thinking about these types of gifts, please contact , Exec Dir, Planned Giving for more information.

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