FVSU Foundation, Inc.

The Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit corporation established on November 15, 1972, to raise and manage private contributions from alumni, friends, industries, and foundations to meet the needs of the institution which are not funded through state allocations. The Foundation invests and administers donations, acts as a trustee, and exercises the powers of a not-for-profit organization under the laws of Georgia. It also administers gifts and bequests of property and funds for scientific, educational and charitable purposes. Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc. is qualified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation.

Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Physical Address:
100 E. Main Street
Suite 213 Evans Bldg.
(478) 825-6474
fvsufoundation@fvsu.edu

Mailing Address:
FVSU Foundation, Inc.
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, Georgia 31030-4313

  • About FVSU Foundation, Inc.

    The Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit corporation established on November 15, 1972, to raise and manage private contributions from alumni, friends, industries, and foundations to meet the needs of the institution which are not funded through state allocations. The Foundation invests and administers donations, acts as a trustee, and exercises the powers of a not-for-profit organization under the laws of Georgia. It also administers gifts and bequests of property and funds for scientific, educational and charitable purposes. Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc. is qualified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation.


    Officers

    * Representative Calvin Smyre, Chairman of the Board
    * Thomas Palmer, Vice Chairman
    * Cynthia Carter, Secretary
    * Fred Greer, Treasurer


    Board of Directors

    • Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, FVSU President
    • Melody L. Carter, Executive Director
    • Calvin Smyre , Chairman
    • Thomas Palmer , Vice Chairman
    • Freddy Greer, Treasurer
    • Cynthia Carter, Secretary
    • Ira Hicks
    • Lynmore James
    • Charles Robinson
    • Isaac Crumbly
    • Thomas Dortch
    • Sylvester McRae
    • L.J. Lomax
    • Lawrence Marable
    • Patty James-Bentley
    • Arthur Johnson
    • Freddie Powell-Sims
    • Helen Stumbo
    • Keith McRae
    • Andrew Reese
    • Rudolph Dawson
    • Melvin Douglas Morris
    • Rufus Green
    • Dorothy Moss
    • Julia Taylor
    • Sherman Bryant

  • Are you ready to make a gift today? We have several options to make it easy and secure for you.

    Online:
    Visit: http://www.fvsu.edu/give-online to make a secure gift today.

    By Phone:
    Contact the Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc. at (478) 825-6474.

    By Mail:
    Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc.
    1005 State University Drive
    Fort Valley, GA 31030

    Please include a donor form, PAN, or note letting us know where you would like the gift to be designated.

  • What are matching gift companies?

    Thousands of companies and corporate foundations in the United States currently match their employees' gifts to nonprofit organizations such as universities.

    Under a corporate matching gift program, gifts made by a company's eligible employee or employee's spouse are matched with company or corporate foundation funds.

    What does the donor do?

    To initiate a matching gift, a donor fills out the company's matching gift form (available through the benefits office) and sends it, along with his or her donation, to FVSU Foundation.

    What does Fort Valley State University do?

    The University Foundation completes the form and returns it to the company.

    What does the company do?

    The company then sends a check to FVSU Foundation.

    Does my company participate?

    Find out if your company participates!

    For more information, contact the Foundation office at (478) 825-6474.

  • Making a financial gift to the Foundation ensures a better future for Fort Valley State University. Your donations offer success and fulfillment of our mission. Through educational excellence, your gifts provide opportunities for a better future. Making a gift to the Foundation also gives you a special return in the form of desirable tax benefits. Charitable contribution deductions on your income tax return and capital gains tax savings are very beneficial when tax time approaches. Future estate tax savings also may result from your gift.

    All gifts are administered in strict compliance with the instructions of the donor. When a gift is not accompanied by instructions, it is administered as an unrestricted gift; that is, it is used to fulfill the greatest need of Fort Valley State University as determined by the Board of Directors, the officers of the Foundation, and the President of the university. In regard to the establishment of special funds, such as scholarship funds, the Foundation recommends that the details for the administration be worked out by the donor and a representative of the Foundation, and written instructions for the administration of the funds be drafted and signed by the donor.

    Give Cash
    Nothing is easier than giving cash. Make a donation designated for the university’s area of greatest current need. Contribute a large gift for a specific purpose, such as enhancing scholarships or facilities, or supporting a special activity. Ask us about the possibilities.

    Credit Card

    Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted by Fort Valley State University. You can donate by credit card at Donate here!
    Matching Gifts

    You or your spouse may work for a company that matches its employees’ gift to higher education. This program is a great way to double or even triple your gift to the university. Each year, Fort Valley State University benefits from corporate contributions initiated by company employees or retirees. Click here to find out more about matching gifts.

    Memorial Gifts

    Remember a loved one, living or deceased, by donating a gift in their name. Scholarships awarded in memory of or tribute to a person leave a legacy in their honor.

    Stocks, Bonds and Other Assets

    Stocks or other investments that you have owned for at least one year and have increased in value become a substantial gift made at a low net cost to you. Appreciated assets can be ideal funding sources for charitable gifts that provide you (or someone you want to support) with a regular income for life.

    Take a Capital Loss Yourself

    If you own securities worth less now than when you purchased them, sell them and contribute the proceeds to the Foundation. Deduct the capital loss on your tax return - a tax break that is not available to us should you give us the securities directly.

    Life Insurance

    A gift to Fort Valley State University Foundation of a life insurance policy is accomplished either by delivering an assigned ownership of the policy to the Foundation or by naming the Foundation the irrevocable owner and beneficiary of the policy. This provides for a definite large future gift at a small annual expense, and premiums are tax-deductible. Another way is to change the beneficiary of an existing policy, if the present beneficiary no longer needs protection. The Foundation can be named as the new beneficiary or co-beneficiary.

    Personal Property

    In most cases, a gift of tangible personal property, such as painting, antiques, books, artifacts or jewelry result in a charitable deduction. You may also escape the potential capital tax on the property’s appreciation.

    Appreciated Property

    It is often an advantage to contribute appreciated property rather than cash. Securities, homes, land, and other assets make ideal gifts. By donating gifts of appreciated property, you eliminate capital gains tax and receive a charitable deduction based on the full market value of your gift.

    Outright Bequest

    Name the FVSU Foundation as a beneficiary in your will and make a gift of cash, investments, or property from your estate.

    Residual Bequest
    A residual bequest provides that, after specific bequests are made to named individuals, Fort Valley State University receives the “residue” or the amount remaining in the estate.

    Codicil

    If you already have a valid up-to-date will, you can have your attorney prepare a codicil to your will naming the university as a beneficiary without having to rewrite your entire will.

  • Your gift to the Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc. makes a difference to students every day. When you donate to FVSU Foundation, Inc., you fund scholarships, support excellence in academics and uplift the campus and community.

    More than ever, your donation matters to students who might not otherwise be able to earn a degree, like the students pictured above. Invest in their future and the future of FVSU by giving the gift of education.

  • Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc. (hereafter Foundation) maintains the highest level of respect and gratitude for its donors. Accordingly, we are committed to honoring our donors’ rights and privacy, as stated in our Donor Privacy Policy below. Please read this policy to become familiar with the ways we actively seek to protect our donors’ personal and financial information.

    We welcome questions, concerns, and comments about this policy. Please contact us at (478) 825-6474.

    Our Commitment to Your Security

    Personal information our donors provide to us, such as the amount they have donated, their address, their telephone number, their donor comments, and their email address, will never be shared with a third party. Our donors’ personal information is secure and confidential.

    Only authorized employees who have agreed to this policy have access to this information. We will never publish, sell, trade, rent or share this information with parties outside of the Foundation, except in the rare case of suspected fraud or unless released by you for publication. In that case, we will provide pertinent information to government agencies and/or companies contracted to assist us in fraud prevention and investigation, as permitted by law. Such information will not be provided to these companies for marketing purposes, but only for the protection of our donors and our organization.

    Foundation staff assumes donations may be publicly announced, such as in our Annual Report of Giving, unless a donor specifically requests to remain anonymous.

    Foundation’s Use of Personal Information

    The Foundation will use donor contact information (email, telephone number, and address) for these purposes only:

    • To distribute receipts for donations
    • To thank donors for their donation
    • To inform donors about upcoming fundraising events and other FVSU related activities
    • For internal analysis and record-keeping
    • To report accurately and fully to relevant federal and state agencies (these reports are not for public inspection)
    • To contact donors about changes to this policy

    Additionally, if a donor has made a donation to the Foundation we will add that donor to our contact list. A donor may opt out of receiving mailers, telephone calls or text messages at any time by contacting the Foundation at (478) 825-6474 or by written communication to FVSU Foundation, Inc., 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, GA 31030.

    Any other information our donors provide will only be used by the Foundation to fulfill our donors’ specific requests.

    Financial Information and Decision-Making

    All access to donor financial information is strictly limited to those Foundation staff members who personally process this data. There are multiple levels of accountability in place for processing donations and donors’ personal information. None of our donors’ personal or financial information is given to any person, organization, or group who does not need it for specific Foundation use.

    The Foundation uses online payment processing services with strong reputations for security. The Foundation does not store, or have access to, donor credit card information, bank account numbers, or other account data that our donors send to these processing centers.
    Donations made to the Foundation are deposited into the correct accounts within three weeks of receipt.

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about our privacy policy, or if you’d like to be removed from our contact list, please contact us at (478) 825-6474.

  • Dr. Melody Carter
    Executive Director
    (478) 825-6118
    E-mail: carterm0@fvsu.edu
    Fax Number(478) 825-6461

    Kristie Kenney
    Director
    (478) 825-6474
    E-mail: kenneyk@fvsu.edu
    Fax Number(478) 825-6135

    Brittany Hadley
    Account Manager
    (478) 825-6474
    E-mail: hadleyb@fvsu.edu

    Travis Bowens
    Account Clerk
    (478) 825-6474
    E-mail: bowenst@fvsu.edu

    Sylvia Harris
    Foundation Assistant
    (478) 825-6474
    Email:harriss@fvsu.edu

 
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