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Give: How to Give

The Office of Advancement works with alumni, friends, and donors to support Armstrong and its students. Whether you’re making a gift online, making a donation of property, remembering Armstrong in your will, or have some other gift in mind, we can help you meet your needs and make a difference to Armstrong.

As a 501c3 non profit entity, all gifts to the Armstrong Foundation are tax-deductible as allowable by law.  We recognize that the generosity and commitment of our donors is voluntary. The Armstrong Foundation promises to be good stewards of this implicit trust and respect the rights of our donors. Therefore, we adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights .

Gifts for Today

Gifts for Today

Your outright gift of cash, checks, stock, or property will advance your philanthropic goals at Armstrong right away. From the moment it is received, your support can help ensure a strong future for the programs to which you donate.

Give Right Now

You may make a gift right now using our secure online giving form and your credit card.

To give by mail, please send a check to:

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

Please include the following printable form  if mailing your payment.

If you have any questions, or if you would prefer to make your gift over the phone, you can reach the Office of Advancement at 912.344.2541. You may also email

Make a Pledge

You can easily make a pledge of support now, and then request the university remind you or charge your credit card at a specific time in the future. Visit our online giving site or use this printable form  - both give you the opportunity to distribute your payments throughout the year.

When your pledge is received, we will mail an acknowledgement and a return envelope for your payment. For your convenience, billing arrangements can be made monthly, quarterly, or annually. We accept cash, check, or credit card payments.

Gift of Stocks and Bonds

Donor purchased stock 10 years ago for $5,000 which has since appreciated to $15,000. If donor sells the stock outright, he/she will have to pay capital gains taxes of 28% of the $10,000 profit. By donating the stock to the Armstrong Foundation, capital gains and estate taxes are avoided, and the donor receives a $15,000 tax deduction up to a maximum of 30% of his/her adjusted gross income.

Gift of Real Estate

A donor can give his/her personal residence or another property to a charitable organization, entitling the donor to a charitable income tax deduction in the year in which the property is transferred to the Armstrong Foundation. In the case of donating a personal residence while the donor continues to reside in and use the property for his/her life (and/or the life of another beneficiary who survives the donor), the amount of the deduction is less than the fair market value of the property since the donor still uses it.

Donor has lived in own home for 25 years. Donor gives home to Armstrong Foundation, subject to the right to live there during his/her lifetime. Based on donor’s age and an assumed property value of $90,000, donor is entitled to a charitable income tax deduction of $30,000 this year. If donor is in the 28% income tax bracket, this saves him/her $8,400 in income taxes.

Gift of Personal Property

Many items of tangible personal property make suitable charitable gifts. The available tax deduction depends on whether the organization that receives the property will use it in a way that is related to its tax-exempt purpose.

A piece of artwork is donated to Armstrong for the purpose of exhibition (not for sale by the university).
Gifts for Tomorrow

Gifts for Tomorrow

Bequests, charitable trusts, etc.

Gift of Will or Estate

The Heritage Society was created at Armstrong to recognize individuals who name the Armstrong Foundation as a beneficiary in their estate plans or will. We thank you for considering our students, faculty, and programs as part of the unique legacy you create in consultation with your family and your tax advisers. Once you notify us of this decision, we will proudly acknowledge your planned gift through the activities and acknowledgement provided by The Heritage Society.

You can take four simple steps, working alongside your family, your financial adviser, and your attorney, to complete your gift to Armstrong and join The Heritage Society: 

  1. Choose what to give such as a specific bequest, a general bequest, or a residuary bequest.
  2. Decide how you would like the Armstrong Foundation to use your gift. You can choose from an unrestricted bequest, a restricted bequest, or an endowment request.
  3. Meet with your estate planning attorney to create a will or trust, or to update your current documents.

    Share the sample bequest language for the Armstrong Foundation with your estate planning attorney:
    “I, {your name], of [city, state, zip] give, devise and bequeath to Armstrong Foundation, its successors or assigns, a Georgia not-for-profit corporation (written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property) for its unrestricted use and purpose.”
  4. Let us know of your plans by contacting Julie Gerbsch, Assistant Vice President of Development, at 912.344.2600 of

Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Remainder Unitrusts and other ways to give

Depending upon the donor’s goals in giving a gift to Armstrong, there are many additional ways to plan a significant gift to the university. To speak to an Armstrong Foundation representative about estate planning, please contact Julie Gerbsch, Assistant Vice President of Development, at 912.344.2600 or email at

Gifts to Honor and Remember

Gifts to Honor and Remember

If you are looking for a meaningful way to celebrate, congratulate, honor or remember someone special, consider making a gift to Armstrong. It is a lasting tribute to a loved one, friend, or colleague, and it provides valuable support to the university.

Honorific and memorial gifts can be as straightforward as a one-time gift designated to a special program, or as enduring as the creation of a scholarship or an endowed fund to which you and others can contribute continually. 

In addition, Armstrong’s beautiful campus offers several opportunities for permanent physical displays that celebrate and commemorate special individuals:

Memorial bricks in the International Garden


In the stunning International Garden. 

the hand of a theatre patron on a seat with a plaque upon it. The plaque says your name here.

Take Your Seat

Engraved seat plaques in Fine Arts Theater or Jenkins Theater

people planting a young tree while others watch

Memorial Trees

Complement the picturesque Armstrong Arboretum

a metal bench with a plaque on the seat back

Memorial Benches

Outside academic buildings or along tree-lined sidewalks of Armstrong’s campus

No matter what way you remember a loved one or colleague, the Office of Advancement can guide you through the process and help make the act of giving an enduring and expressive experience by notifying friends and family of the gift.