Campaign Questions
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Why is the university asking me for money?
Central Michigan University is a non-profit organization. Like other non-profit institutions, CMU asks its employees to be the first in line to make a philanthropic investment to the causes they are working toward.

Is this the United Way campaign?
No, this is not the United Way campaign. While the programs overlap, they are separate solicitations that support different programs.

Am I free to designate my gift to any program on campus?
Yes.  As long as you give to a CMU account your gift will be eligible for the 50% match.  Also, please keep in mind, the Internal Revenue Code specifically prohibits a person from receiving a direct benefit from a donation for which the person takes a charitable contribution deduction on their income tax returns.  Therefore, for example, a CMU employee cannot take a tax deduction for personal contributions to a professional development account or fund if the CMU employee receives any money (or money is spent for their benefit) from such account or fund.

What is the definition of a gift that can be deducted?
According to the IRS, donations made to a specific individual, or set aside for use by a specific person, are not charitable deductions.

A charitable contribution is a donation of a gift to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. It is voluntary and is made without getting, or expecting to get, anything of commensurate value. Contributions that can be deducted are gifts to qualified organizations and not set aside for use by a specific person. Contributions that cannot be deducted include gifts to a specific individual. This includes gifts to a qualified organization if you indicate your donation is for a specific person.

What do I need to do to have my donation paid through payroll deduction?
Call Bonnie Recker (x7152) in the Development & External Relations office. Bonnie will be more than happy to walk you through the process.  You can also give online​ which will allow you to set up payroll deduction. 

How does the university match work?
CMU will match all gifts and pledges made during the Annual University Campaign. All donations, regardless of the size, will be matched at 50 cents for each dollar donated. Contributions designated to all university accounts will be matched, with the exception of tickets to university events.

Where does the university match come from?
The university match is funded through the General Fund.

How do I claim the university match?
All contributions made during the Annual University Campaign, or pledges made during the campaign period and fulfilled by June 30, 2015 will automatically be included in the match. You do not need to do anything other than make sure your pledge or gift is made between October 13th through December 12th.

When will the university match be made?
The university makes the transfer of funds after the end of the fiscal year.

Why doesn't the university match gifts during this fiscal year?
The distribution is made after the end of the fiscal year, and is funded from the previous year end balance of the general fund.

Will the university match be included in determining my giving level?
University funds cannot be used in determining giving levels for recognition societies, including the President's Circle, Bell Tower Society, and Chippewa Club.

I'm already on payroll deduction. What do I need to do to make my Annual University Campaign gift?
If you currently give to the university through payroll deduction, you do not need to do anything unless you wish to change the amount of designation of your gift.

What is the President's Circle?
The President's Circle is CMU's recognition society for donors who annually contribute $500 or more. Over 2,600 donors are recognized each year as members of the President's Circle. ​