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Empowering the Dream Campaign FAQ

Why ask me to give when costs keep going up?

We all share the economic reality of rising personal costs and limited pay increases. While the University has traditionally been considered “state-supported,” we are more correctly a “state-assisted” University. In the past three years alone, funding provided by the State declined by 27 percent. Philanthropy is, therefore, crucially important. We must look to alumni, corporations, foundations, faculty, staff, and friends to move us into our second century of achievement.

Why should I give?

Every gift from faculty and staff matters and no gift is too small. Our collective support is essential because many corporations, foundations and individuals base their giving decisions on the percentage of faculty and staff who make philanthropic commitments to their university. With limited state appropriations, we must turn to these private donors for support. Therefore, it is more important than ever to invest in our University. 

What can I give to?

You select where your gift goes. Options include your department, school or college, program or any other academic area, campus initiative, or athletics.

 100% of your gift will go to the fund you choose.

Does my membership in the Alumni Association count as participation?

Unfortunately, it does not. Paying membership dues to the Alumni Association is different from making a gift to the University. 

Is there a minimum for payroll deduction?

You can make a difference for as little as $1.00 per paycheck

How does payroll deduction work?

Payroll deduction is one of the fastest, easiest and most convenient ways to make a gift. By completing the payroll deduction form, accessed through myMemphis, you specify the amount you would like automatically deducted from each paycheck, the start date, and where you would like your gift to be designated. To access the Payroll Deduction form, click here, and login. Then click on the Employee tab and you'll find the form in the Faculty/Staff Giving box. You may also contact us at 901/678-3953.

Who will know about my gift?

If you wish to keep your gift private, please indicate so on the gift form. Unless otherwise noted, all donors will be listed on the donor honor roll and receive special recognition throughout the year.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes and you will receive a receipt for tax purposes. 

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Ways To Give


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