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Institutional Advancement

Ways to gift

By bestowing a gift to Claflin, you are strengthening the University’s foundation and securing her future. You are insuring that we are providing the next generation of Claflinites with outstanding skills for leadership and service, and you are upholding our vision of becoming an elite institution leading in teaching and research.
For additional information on any of the gift categories listed below or to discuss bestowing a gift to Claflin University, please contact Mrs. Leandra Hayes-Thomas, who will be happy to advise you on how you can give to Claflin University. She can be reached via e-mail at lthomas@claflin.edu or by telephone at 803-535-5238.

A Gift of Cash

A gift of cash (check or credit card) is the most popular way to give. A cash gift has an immediate impact on students, faculty, and buildings and grounds. The gift is considered made on the date it is delivered to the University. A gift of cash entitles you to a federal income tax deduction of up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income.

Matching Gifts

You may be able to double, or even triple, the amount of your gift to Claflin University through a matching gift. Thousands of corporations and businesses now have programs to match employee gifts, either in whole or in part. In some cases, gifts from spouses, directors and retired employees are matched. Claflin urges you to explore this possibility. Ask your employer if your company is a matching gift company.

Gifts of Appreciated Assets

A gift of appreciated securities such as stocks, mutual funds and bonds - that have been held for one year and a day - can provide attractive benefits to a donor. An outright gift of long-term appreciated assets avoids capital gains taxes and, in most cases, the donor obtains a charitable income tax deduction equal to the market value of the securities. Institutional Advancement has a simple process to assist you should you wish to make an outright gift of appreciated assets.

Gifts of Real Property

Gifts of real property can easily be given to Claflin University. You may contribute real property to the University, either as a bequest or by a lifetime transfer, and realize significant tax benefits. Gifts of real property may consist of almost any type of property such as personal or recreational residence, a farm or ranch, a commercial building, subdivision lots or any undeveloped parcel of land. The gift may consist of all of your interest in the property or an undivided fractional interest. Gifts of real property are transferred by deed from the donor to Claflin University.

A Life Income Gift

A Life Income Gift allows a donor to make a transfer of assets as a gift to Claflin University while receiving income for life from the gift. By irrevocably transferring assets the donor can receive income tax and financial benefits. A Life Income Gift enables the donor to make a substantial contribution to the University without financial sacrifice.

Gifts of Personal Property

Claflin University has been greatly enriched by gifts of personal property such as rare books, manuscripts, paintings, artifacts and other art objects. Our classrooms and research capabilities are also enriched by contributions of computer hardware and software. Making a gift using personal property provides a double benefit - a charitable deduction plus avoidance of any potential capital-gain tax.

For additional information on any of the gift categories listed above or to discuss
bestowing a gift to Claflin University, please contact Mrs. Leandra Hayes-Thomas, who will be happy to advise you on how you can give to Claflin University. She can be reached via e-mail at lthomas@claflin.edu or by telephone at 803-535-5238.

Contact Address:

Rev. Whittaker V. Middleton
Vice President
Division of Institutional Advancement
Claflin University
400 Magnolia Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115
Toll Free: 888-223-7103
Direct: 803-535-5312
wmiddleton@claflin.edu