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Making a Gift

Make a Gift, Make a Difference

Every gift, no matter the size, will make a profound impact on the students of Fitchburg State. There are a variety of ways to make a charitable contribution to the University:

Make a Gift

Portrait of Rebecca DeCoteau “This summer I attended summer classes and worked as often as possible. I am determined to do whatever it takes to put myself through school.”

Rebecca DeCoteau
Exercise Sport Science
Class of 2013
With the rising cost of attending college, it has become increasingly difficult for Rebecca DeCoteau’s family to help finance her education. Working two jobs to afford her Fitchburg State University degree, Rebecca has persevered, and continues to work towards her aspiration of attaining a doctorate in physical therapy. Citing a passion for helping others and volunteering, Rebecca has worked tirelessly for The Walk for Hunger in Boston and looks forward to working for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation as well as the Special Olympics next year.

Making a Gift by Credit Card

Fitchburg State University accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. To make a contribution by credit card over the telephone, please contact the Office of Development at 978.665.4555. You can also make your gift online by clicking the "make a donation" button above.

Making a Gift by Check

Gifts can be made payable to Fitchburg State University Foundation, Inc. and mailed to:

Fitchburg State University Foundation, Inc.
160 Pearl St.
Fitchburg, MA 01420

If you wish to restrict your gift to a particular fund, please specify on the memo line of the check.

Matching Gifts

You may be able to double or triple your gift to Fitchburg State University through your employer’s matching gift program. Companies that participate in these programs will provide their employees with matching gift forms to complete and include with their contribution or pledge form.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities are a tax effective way to support Fitchburg State University. When you donate appreciated stock to Fitchburg State, you can avoid capital gain taxes that you would be responsible for if you sold the asset. Additionally, if you have owned the securities for more than one year, you can also receive an income tax charitable deduction for the fair market value. These benefits make donating appreciated securities a favorable alternative to giving cash.

Real and Personal Property

Land or other real estate may be given to the University as an outright gift or used as an asset within a charitable trust. Personal property, such as artwork or rare books, can also be contributed. Since it is sometime difficult to determine the University’s needs for donated personal property, each case will be reviewed individually.

Planned Gifts

Planned gifts benefit both the donor and the University. These gifts, which can be planned through your financial advisors and the University staff, provide significant benefits including tax deductions, avoidance of capital gains taxes and increased income.


Bequests, the most common way for donors to provide for the future of Fitchburg State University, offer several advantages. A donor may be able to make a larger gift than otherwise possible and the estate may save on estate taxes. You may designate a bequest for a specific purpose or it can be placed into an unrestricted fund. An unrestricted bequest provides general support for Fitchburg State and allows the University to use the gift where it is most needed at the time. You can make a bequest by preparing a new will or revising your existing one.

Life Insurance

You may consider transferring ownership of a life insurance policy to the University. It is also possible to purchase a new policy and transfer ownership to the University.

Charitable Remainder Trust

A charitable remainder trust is an irrevocable gift that provides specified fixed annual income for the donor, or, someone the donor designates, for life or a specific time period. When the trust is established, you select an annual payout rate, at a fixed dollar amount, and designate a trustee. At the conclusion of the income payments, or death of the last beneficiary, the principal is distributed to the University.

For more information, please contact the Development Office at 978.665.4555 or by email.