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Frequently Asked Questions

I have not heard from Armstrong recently. Am I still in your database?

The Office of Advancement wants to keep in touch with you. The best way to update your information is through the Alumni Association's online form. If you did not attend Armstrong, you can still use this form, just leave the Armstrong degree information blank. Once you update your information, you will automatically be subscribed to the Armstrong magazine.

What are Armstrong's current top funding priorities?

The university's key priorities can be found under What Needs Support. Briefly, they include providing scholarship support to talented and deserving students, building and enhancing academic and campus programs, attracting and retaining the best faculty for our students, and providing the best possible facilities for optimal learning and student living.

How do I join the Alumni Association? Where do I send my dues?

All former students are automatically members of the Alumni Association. However, you can become an Active Member of the Association, which entitles you to many additional benefits, by making an annual gift to the university of at least $35. You can make your gift online or contact the Alumni Office to receive a pledge card. 

What is an endowed fund?

An endowed fund is one that is invested by the Armstrong Foundation to provide for programs in perpetuity. The principal remains intact, and interest earned by the endowment is used to fund the designated programs. Typical spending from an endowment fund is 5.0 percent. Any additional earnings are reinvested in the fund to ensure future growth. Contact Julie Gerbsch for more information.

I would like to honor a friend or give a gift in memory of a family member. Is this possible?

Yes. Commemorating a special person with a gift to Armstrong can be tremendously satisfying. It is a lasting tribute to a loved one, friend, or colleague, and it provides valuable support to the university. A gift "in honor of" someone is usually made while that person is living, often for milestone occasions such as a graduation, promotion, birth of a child or grandchild, or retirement. A gift "in memory of" someone is the term used when the namesake is deceased.

See Gifts to Honor and Remember.

You may designate the placement of your gift and choose a program important to you or the gift's namesake. If you need help selecting a program, a member of our development staff would be happy to help with suggestions. You may even want to create a fund in someone's name. It may be a one-time fund, or one you and others can contribute to continually. Sometimes these funds are endowed. This means that your gift is invested and only the income will be used. An endowed fund usually requires a substantial gift to generate sufficient income. For specific information on endowments, Contact Julie Gerbsch.

Will my gift really make a difference?

Yes! Every gift makes a difference. Your gift and others like it combine to cover a range of immediate needs and helps further Armstrong’s goal of student success. Participation from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and students at all gift levels, no matter the amount, demonstrates endorsement by the Armstrong community for the many exciting initiatives taking place at our great university.

How do I specify where I want my gift to go?

The best way to do so is to fill out the  Gift Form pdf. You can also specify the gift designation by writing a letter stating the intent or by simply writing where the gift should go in the memo portion of your check. See the full list of funds   to which you may designate your contribution.

How should I make out my gift check to Armstrong, and where should I send it?

Checks should be made payable to Armstrong Foundation and sent to:

Office of Advancement
Armstrong State University
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419

Does Armstrong provide for online giving at a secure site?

Yes. We have a secure site where your gift information will be processed immediately and confidentially. Use our online donation site to make a gift by credit card or electronic check.

Whom do I contact if I have a question or problem making an online donation?

Please ask for assistance by emailing us at Advancement@armstrong.edu or calling us at 912.344.2541.

Does Armstrong accept contributions by credit card? If so, which cards?

Yes! Armstrong accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card.

Will I get a receipt for tax purposes?

Yes. The Office of Advancement acknowledges all donation amounts and you can expect an official receipt for your taxes in the mail soon after your gift is received. If you make your gift online, you will also receive a confirmation notice via email.  As a 501c3 non profit entity, all gifts to the Armstrong Foundation are tax-deductible as allowable by law.

Who should I call if I have a question about my gift receipt?

For questions about your receipt, you may contact the Office of Advancement at Advancement@armstrong.edu or by calling us at 912.344.2541.

Do gifts to Armstrong qualify as an income tax deduction?

Yes. Armstrong State University is a not-for-profit (or charitable) organization with 501(c)(3) IRS status. Contributions to Armstrong are tax deductible in the manner and to the extent provided by section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. It is recommended that you consult your tax advisor regarding the exact deductibility of gifts to the university.

What is Armstrong's tax ID number?

Armstrong's tax ID number is 58-1577237.

Where can I go for additional information about tax deductible contributions?

What are my rights as a donor?

Armstrong State University subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights pdf developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP): Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights.

Can I make a gift anonymously and forgo being publicly recognized?

Armstrong will respect your desire for anonymity and will not disclose your gift. We are proud to recognize the generosity of our donors through published donor lists and donor recognition events. When donors notify us that they choose not to be publicly recognized for their support, we will accommodate the request. Anonymous donors must provide personal information for tax purposes, but that information will remain confidential. Please let us know if you would prefer not to have your name listed by calling 912.344.3267, or sending an email request to Advancement@armstrong.edu.

What is a matching gift?

Many companies encourage their employees to make charitable contributions by matching their philanthropic support, sometimes on a one-to-one, two-to-one, or even a three-to-one basis. The impact of corporate matching support can be enormous. Hundreds of companies have matching-gift programs. To find out if you work for one of them, consult your human resources office, which will also provide you with a matching gift form and instructions.

If I cannot make a gift right now, what are my options?

You can very easily make a pledge now, and then request that the university remind you or charge your credit card at a specific time in the future. Making a pledge gives you the opportunity to distribute your payments throughout the year, allowing you to consider a larger gift to the university. Another way to defer a gift but still provide generously for the university is a planned gift or bequest.

What are my pledge payment options?

For your convenience, billing arrangements can be made monthly, quarterly, or annually. We gladly accept the following forms of payment: cash, check, credit card, and stocks/securities. Please visit How to Give > Gifts for Today for more information.

How can I support Armstrong through my estate (e.g., bequest, life insurance, retirement assets, etc.)?

We have an increasing number of alumni and friends who are benefiting from life income gifts and other estate gift plans. These gifts provide wonderful benefits, from increased income to generous tax savings, for our benefactors. For more information, please contact Julie Gerbsch, Assistant Vice President of Development. See How to Give > Gifts for Tomorrow to learn more about how you, your loved ones and Armstrong can benefit from a planned gift.

Does Armstrong State University rent or sell my personal information to third parties?

Never. Your personal information will remain confidential and will never be sold by Armstrong or traded with another organization. Information contained in our records is used only for university-related business.

What if I still have questions?

If you still have questions, please call the Office of Advancement at .912.344.2541, or email Advancement@armstrong.edu. A member of our staff will be happy to assist you.