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Ways to Give

Outright Gifts

  • Credit Card
    • You can make a gift through our secure online form OR
    • Contact us at (315) 267-3053 to provide credit card information over the phone.
  • Check

    Checks should be made payable to the Potsdam College Foundation. If you wish to direct your support to a particular area or school at SUNY Potsdam, please include instructions.

    Address:
    Potsdam College Foundation, Inc.
    44 Pierrepont Ave.
    Potsdam, NY 13676-2294
    Raymond Hall 507
    Phone: (315) 267-3053
    Fax: (315) 267-3172

    Download a pledge form (PDF) to include with your gift to Potsdam.
     
  • Stocks, Bonds and other Appreciated Securities
    Review our instructions on electronic transfer of shares.

  • Matching Gifts
    Find out if your employer will match all or a portion of your gift.

  • Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD)
    If you are at least 70½ years old, you can make gifts to SUNY Potsdam directly from your IRA. If you are required to take minimum distributions (RMD), your charitable distributions will count towards your annual RMD. Checks should be made payable to the Potsdam College Foundation and mailed to the address above (see “Check” section). Most QCDs go to SUNY Potsdam as a check from the IRA administrator. Oftentimes these checks do not identify the donor or the fact that it is a QCD. It is helpful if you contact us when you request your QCD from your plan administrator. Learn more about qualified charitable distributions

  • Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs)
    The Potsdam College Foundation, Inc. is eligible to receive grants from your donor-advised fund. Most grants go to Potsdam as checks directly from the fund. Checks should be made payable to the Potsdam College Foundation and mailed to the address above (see “Check” section). Sometimes these grants do not clearly identify the donor or the fact that it is from a DAF. It is helpful if you contact us when you request a grant from your fund. Learn more about donor-advised funds

  • Personal Property
    If you would like to donate personal property to Potsdam, please contact the Office of Advancement at (315) 267-3252 or invest@potsdam.edu. Some gifts require appraisal or advance approval in order to be accepted. Examples of gifts include art work, scientific equipment, musical instruments, and rare books.

  • Real Estate
    All gifts of real estate require prior approval by the College. Learn more about your options for gifting real estate to SUNY Potsdam.

  • Payroll Deduction - for Current SUNY Potsdam Faculty & Staff
    Current SUNY Potsdam faculty and staff can elect to make charitable contributions to the College through automatic payroll deduction. To sign up, complete an electronic authorization form.

  • Payroll Deduction - for NY State Employees
    Did you know that any New York state employee can elect to make charitable contributions to SUNY Potsdam through automatic payroll deduction? To sign up, fill out an authorization form and return to your own payroll office.

  • Endowment Gift
    You can establish a self sustaining endowment fund to provide an on-going source of funding for a purpose you designate. Learn more about the rules governing the establishment of an endowment.

 

Deferred Gifts

Contact us to learn if your deferred gift can be counted in the Take the Lead Campaign.

  • Bequest
    The most common form of a planned gift to SUNY Potsdam is to include the College in your will. Learn more about making a bequest.

  • Life Insurance
    Learn how to name SUNY Potsdam as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

  • Charitable Gift Annuity
    The gift that pays you! If you'd like to support the College's mission and receive steady payments during your retirement years, a charitable gift annuity may be right for you. Learn more about charitable gift annuities.

  • Charitable Remainder Trust
    In the right circumstances, this plan can increase your income, reduce your taxes, unlock appreciated investments, rid you of investment worries and ultimately provide very important support. Learn more about charitable remainder trusts.

  • Charitable Lead Trust
    Discover a powerful way to make a gift to us in your name or in the name of a loved one while realizing tax benefits for your kindness. Learn more about charitable lead trusts.

  • Retained Life Estate in Property
    You can generate a current income tax deduction by giving a home (or farm) to Potsdam, while retaining the right to use the property during your lifetime. Learn more about a retained life estate.

  • Endowment Gift
    Through your estate plan, you can establish a self sustaining endowment fund to provide an on-going source of funding for a purpose you designate. Learn more about the rules governing the establishment of an endowment.