Why is the university asking me for money?
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?
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?
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
What do I need to do to have my donation paid through payroll deduction?
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?
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
Where does the university match come from?
The university match is funded through the General Fund.
How do I claim the university match?
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?
funds cannot be used in determining giving levels for recognition
societies, including the President's Circle, Bell Tower Society, and
I'm already on payroll deduction. What do I need to do to make my Annual University Campaign gift?
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?
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.