Guide to Giving


Where to Give

Students
Students are the reason we’re here, and they’re the number one reason most donors give to Dalton State. Scholarships, research stipends, even money for books or maybe even a stethoscope for a nursing class, support for students is the Foundation’s primary focus. You can designate your gift for a variety of student scholarship options on our online giving form.

Academics & Programs
Our talented faculty and dedicated staff are committed to delivering quality instruction and guidance to students throughout their college careers at Dalton State. Many of the academic programs in the College’s five schools have earned top-tier international, national, and state accreditations. Designate your gift for a favorite academic program or school on our online giving form.

Facilities & Campus Growth
Did you know that a gift of property was the first gift in Dalton State’s history that started it all? Or that philanthropy has been the primary catalyst for campus growth? Investing in campus facilities and expansion is key to the College’s future. You can designate your gift for facilities and campus growth on our online giving form.

How to Give

Annual Giving
Yearly financial support for Dalton State’s students and academic programs is an essential component of the College’s success. That’s why we ask alumni and friends to give every year, and that’s why increasing numbers of them say “yes” when they’re asked to make an annual gift for Dalton State.
  • Set up a recurring gift, and we’ll only contact you each year to say “thank you” and update you on the good things happening on campus. 
  • Commit to one of our student callers during the Alumni & Friends Phonathon each fall. 
  • Give online
  • Fill out and return one of our annual mail solicitations
  • Even students give. 
However you choose to give, we appreciate your support of our students and academic programs.

Major Gifts & Endowments
Major capital gifts to build or expand campus facilities and endowments to sustain student scholarships, faculty chairs, lecture programs, and academic departments are vital to Dalton State’s continued ability to provide a quality higher education experience for our students. From time to time, the College honors extraordinary philanthropy with the naming of a campus building or academic program in honor of the donor or the donor’s loved one. Please contact us if you would like to know more about major gifts and endowments at Dalton State.

Faculty & Staff Giving
Dalton State faculty and staff may use this form to set up a recurring gift that will be paid through payroll deduction.

Ways to Give

Gifts of Cash
Outright gifts of cash (currency, checks, credit/debit cards, and Electronic Funds Transfer) enable the donor to support Dalton State and earn a charitable income tax deduction for the full face value of the gift. Gifts of cash are received in one of four ways:
  • Give online – Giving online with a credit or debit card is secure and convenient. Best of all, your gift can have an immediate impact.
  • Give by phone – Call the Dalton State Foundation office at 706.272.4473, and ask to speak with a staff member about making a gift by credit/debit card over the phone or to discuss other giving options.
  • Give by mail – Download a gift form and mail it to: Dalton State Foundation, 650 College Drive, Dalton, Georgia 30720
Gifts from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
The IRA charitable distribution provision that was made permanent in 2015 allows donors age 70½ and older to make charitable distributions of up to $100,000 per year from a qualified IRA. Please consult with your tax adviser for additional details.

Gifts of Stocks, Bonds or Mutual Fund Shares

Donors wishing to give publicly traded securities, including stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares, to the Dalton State Foundation can realize significant tax advantages. For more details, consult your tax adviser. Gifts of securities are sold upon receipt and the proceeds deposited with the Foundation. Click here for broker instructions, and please call us at 706-272-4473 or email us to let us know if you intend to make a gift of securities.

Gifts of Other Appreciated Assets
The Foundation accepts at its discretion gifts of commercial value such as real estate, art, and precious jewelry. Gifts valued at $5,000 or more require an independent appraisal. Contact us by phone at 706.272.4473 or email us to inquire about making a non-cash gift of appreciated assets.

Matching Gifts
You may be able to multiply the impact of your gift with a matching gift from your employer. To see if your employer or your spouse’s employer has a matching gifts program, click here or inquire at your employer’s human resources office.

Honor & Memorial Gifts
The Foundation accepts gifts in honor or memory of a donor’s special friend or loved one. Honor and memorial gifts may be designated by the donor for a specific fund or purpose.

Bequests
Bequests to the Dalton State Foundation may be made in the donor’s will or by codicil to same specifying a certain gift amount or a percentage of the estate’s net proceeds. In addition to helping the donor realize charitable goals, a bequest may result in significant tax advantages to the donor’s estate. Consult your attorney or tax adviser for details, or click here for a guide to making a bequest to Dalton State. We encourage you to contact us to verify that we will be able to honor your wishes if you include Dalton State in a bequest.

Planned Giving
Establishing a life-income or planned gift begins with a call to the Foundation office at 706.272.4473 or with an email message to us. We can work with your own counsel to achieve your philanthropic goals, or we can suggest qualified, experienced professionals who will assist you with planning a gift to Dalton State.
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