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Empower students and change lives. Your gift builds on a proud legacy of giving back to an institution that has served as a turning point for so many graduates.

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WHERE FUNDS ARE NEEDED

What can I support?

Greatest Needs

Undesignated gifts to the Greatest Needs Fund, or General Fund, provide resources for operations, scholarships, capital projects, and special needs of the college.

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Scholarships

Scholarship dollars are essential to students attending Wayne State College. Gifts can be made to establish a named scholarship fund, to an existing named scholarship fund, or to the general scholarship fund. A contract between the Foundation and donor is developed for a new named scholarship to outline how the scholarship will be awarded. The Wayne State Foundation offers two types of named scholarships:

  • Annual Scholarships: Annual scholarships are awarded annually to students in the full amount that is received from the donor. A minimum of $1,000 is required for  an annual scholarship. They are active only for the time period the donor wishes to fund the scholarship.
  • Endowed Scholarships: Endowed scholarships provide perpetual awards for Wayne State College students. A minimum of $25,000 is required to fund an endowed scholarship, and donors can take up to five years to reach that contribution amount. Endowment funds are invested, and only a portion of the earnings are awarded each year as scholarships.

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Athletics

Gifts can be made to a variety of areas in the WSC Athletic Department. Donors can choose to provide funding for athletic scholarships, athletic department operations, and for individual sports.

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Support the Athletic and Recreation Complex Project

Schools/Departments

Donors can choose to direct their gifts to the School of Arts and Humanities, School of Business and Technology, School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, or the School of Science, Health, and Criminal Justice. Gifts to schools and departments can be made available for current spending, or to fund an endowment that will provide annual support in perpetuity. Donors may also choose to designate their giving to other departments on campus, such as the Conn Library, Multicultural Center, and Trio Program.

To donate to a school or department, please specify your preferred area of giving in the description box on the general donation form.

Make a General Donation  Friends of the Arts Club

Campus Improvements

Gifts for capital projects provide funding for consturction or renovation of campus buildings or to purchase a major piece of equipment. Campus beautification funds are used to make improvements to the landscape of the WSC campus.

Support our newest projects, the Peterson Fine Arts Renovation and the Athletic and Recreation Complex Project.

Past projects:

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TYPES OF DONATIONS

How can I give?

Outright Giving

Making a gift to the Wayne State Foundation is the best way to support the college's mission and help provide affordable education to our students. There are many different options available when making a charitable gift:

  • Cash
  • Securities or appreciated stock
  • Life insurance
  • Real estate
  • Closely held securities
  • Retirement plan assets
  • Gifts-in-kind

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Planned Giving

Planned giving is a technique that helps you maximize the personal benefits of your charitable giving, allowing you to make gifts you thought were well beyond your abilities. This can be achieved by following the tax laws and benefiting from charitable tax deductions. The following avenues of giving can be tailored to meet your specific financial and philanthropic needs.

  • Bequest in will or trust
  • Life insurance
  • Charitable remainder trust
  • Charitable lead trust
  • Retirement plan assets

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Endowments

An endowment is a permanent investment in the future of Wayne State. Endowment funds are invested, rather than used as cash for immediate needs. The amount given by the donor (principal) is never spent. Most endowments are for scholarships, but other funds support specific college departments or even campus beautification. At the time the donor makes a gift, the Foundation prepares an agreement that documents your intended use of the fund.

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Review our Gift Acceptance Policy to learn more about the different types of acceptable gifts.

GIVING EVENTS

When can I give?

Gifts to the Wayne State Foundation are gladly accepted any time of the year. Wayne State also observes special giving events to help promote and encourage alumni participation.

Phonathon

Alumni and donors can give back during the Wayne State Foundation’s annual Phonathon, which runs from January through March each year.

Learn more about Phonathon
Giving Day

WSC Giving Day happens in April and aims to inspire all of Wildcat Nation – students, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff – to come together, show pride, and support their alma mater.

Learn more about Giving Day
Senior Gift Challenge

The Senior Gift Challenge aims to create a culture of giving back to WSC among each graduating senior class by asking students to pledge the amount of their graduation year.

Learn more about the Senior Gift Challenge

"Each year I choose to contribute to a scholarship fund in honor of Dr. Kent Blaser. During my time at WSC, Dr. Blaser went out of his way to assist me in achieving my scholastic goals. We choose to give back to Wayne State because we are thankful for the opportunities the college provided us."

 

Eric Knutson '09

Attorney at Knutson Law
Deputy Wayne County Attorney

Donor Societies

Donor societies recognize and encourage donor support of WSC.

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Alumni Service and Support Awards

The Alumni Service Award is given to an alumnus who has enhanced the college through dedicated service, promotion, financial support, and other efforts.

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CONTACT US

Wayne State Foundation and Alumni Office

The Wayne State Foundation and Alumni Office works with the college in its mission of student development, regional service, and keeping alumni connected.

For more information, contact:

Wayne State Foundation
Hahn Administration 312
402-375-7510

Alumni Relations
Hahn Administration 316
402-375-7526

Wayne State Foundation