How to Give


A variety of gift-giving options exist at Mississippi State University from making outright gifts, which qualify for the greatest tax benefit and savings, to future support in the form of bequests or trusts. The MSU Foundation offers 16 different methods for your convenience.

Cash Gifts

Cash gifts are the easiest gifts to value for tax purposes, and they are deductible in the year that they are given. Outright gifts of cash qualify for the greatest tax benefit and savings, which significantly reduces the actual cost of making a gift. Make a gift in our secure online environment now.

Credit/Debit Cards

Credit/debit card donations are a convenient way for donors to make a contribution. For tax purposes, a credit card donation is deductible in the year the charge is made. You may make a new gift to the university with your credit/debit card gift or make a payment on an existing pledge via our secure site. You may also set up a recurring monthly credit/debit card gift to the university to increase your annual giving power and ensure that you maintain active status in the MSU Alumni Association. The MSU Foundation will charge the amount you select to your credit/debit card each month on the day of the month that you choose. Make a gift in our secure online environment now.

Bank Drafts

Bank drafts are another convenient way to make a contribution. Donors may make these contributions monthly by authorizing the MSU Foundation to have a specified amount automatically deducted from their checking accounts.

Download and print a bank draft (PDF).


Securities, including stocks and bonds, may be used to make a gift to Mississippi State, often with a minimal amount of out-of-pocket cost. The donor can compute the income tax deduction using the average value of the securities on the date of the gift. The amount of the deduction is based on the asset's current value rather than the donor's actual cost of acquiring the securities. The method for transferring securities differs depending on how the securities are held. Click here to download instructions on how to make a gift of stock.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations will match donations their employees make to educational institutions. Matching gifts from an employer can double or even triple your gift to MSU. The MSU Foundation has a list of companies that have matching gift plans. Not sure if your employer is a matching gift company? Just call us and ask!

You can also search online for your employer by clicking here.

Real Estate Gifts

Real estate gifts entitle the donor to the same tax benefits as gifts of cash or securities, provided the real estate has been owned more than one year and there are no debts payable on the property. These gifts also generate substantial estate tax savings by removing a typically high-value asset from the donor's estate, reducing the taxes that may eventually have to be paid on the estate. Real estate gifts are subject to acceptance by the MSU Foundation board of directors.

Personal Property Gifts

Personal property gifts, such as objects of art, jewelry, rare books, or collections generally can be deducted at the asset's current fair market value provided the property has been owned for more than one year and can be used by a college, unit or program at Mississippi State. The Internal Revenue Service requires appraisals of items valued at $5,000 or more. Although Mississippi State may keep these items for use in its learning, research or service programs, in some instances it sells them, using the proceeds to further one of its core missions.

Donor Advised Fund Program

The Donor Advised Fund is a separate, nonprofit corporation, which is modeled after similar programs offered by some community foundations and brokerage firms. The donor makes an irrevocable gift to the Donor Advised Fund and then may make later recommendations on which charitable entities benefit from the gift. These may include, but are not limited to, Mississippi State University. This program offers the donor maximum flexibility in timing and directing charitable gifts.

Click here to download our Guide to Giving to fully explore supporting Mississippi State University in a way that is right for you. Our professional staff is always available to assist you in exploring giving opportunities. Foundation staff members welcome your questions and will gladly provide information about which method will best fit your needs. For immediate questions regarding giving, telephone 662.325.7000.

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