Great Give 2019 Rules

 

  1. Online gifts can be made by credit card, debit card or PayPal through FSU’s Great Give website, sparkFSU, any FSU college/unit online giving form or payroll deduction form between Thursday, March 28, at 9 a.m. EDT and Friday, March 29, at 9 p.m. EDT.
  2. Payroll deductions must be scheduled to begin by the April 5 pay period and the total amount deducted between the start date and December 31, 2019 will be counted towards FSU’s Great Give.
  3. Gifts not made online, such as those made via phone or check, will be included in the final, validated FSU’s Great Give totals if the donor indicates their gift is for the FSU’s Great Give and it is received by 5 p.m. on March 29.
  4. All gifts made through FSU’s Great Give website, sparkFSU or any FSU college/unit online giving form, gifts made by phone and checks received before an incentive window ends are eligible to receive incentive awards. Additionally, stock transfers committed and funds received by the Foundation brokerage account by Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. EDT will qualify toward the full 36-hour incentives.
  5. All gifts made through the FSU Phone Center will count toward the final total and will qualify for the full 36-hour incentives. Pledges made during the event will not count in the final total and will not qualify for incentives.
  1. Incentive awards will be granted based on each award’s specific criteria to eligible academic sparkFSU projects and funds. See the Incentives page for more information. The University’s Greatest Need Fund is not eligible for incentive awards. The FSU Foundation reserves the right to disqualify gifts counting toward incentive awards that were made or altered in order to provide an unfair advantage during that time period.
  2. Donors are encouraged to make gifts to multiple colleges, programs and projects. All gifts made to each individual college or program will be counted in the final total. Multiple gifts made by the same donor to different colleges, programs or projects during an incentive-eligible timeframe will count separately. The FSU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and gifts made to it are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. View the FSU Foundation's Nonprofit Disclosures.
  3. Funds raised through FSU’s Great Give will be used to support the projects listed on our featured Projects page, on sparkFSU or to a specific fund, should a donor indicate this preference.
  4. Only charitable gifts to Florida State University through five of the University’s Direct Support Organizations—the FSU Foundation, Seminole Boosters, FSU Alumni Association, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the FSU Real Estate Foundation—are accepted during FSU’s Great Give. Memberships to any of these organizations are not counted towards the FSU’s Great Give total.
  5. Gifts made to pay an existing pledge will count in FSU’s Great Give final total and qualify for incentive awards.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

WHAT is FSU’s Great Give?

FSU’s Great Give is a 36-hour giving campaign that provides an opportunity for supporters of Florida State to make gifts toward academic programs, scholarships and student activities.

WHEN will FSU’s Great Give occur?

FSU’s Great Give will be held during a 36-hour period, starting at 9 a.m. EDT on Thursday, March 28, and ending at 9 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 29.

HOW do I make a gift?

We accept online gifts via FSU’s Great Give website, sparkFSU, the FSU Foundation website or any FSU college or unit online giving form. Gifts not made online, such as those made via phone or check, will be included in the final, validated FSU’s Great Give total if the donor indicates that their gift is for the FSU’s Great Give and it is received before 5 p.m. on March 29. There is a $5 minimum gift, but no maximum gift. The FSU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and gifts made to it are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

HOW does it work?

Many colleges and units have highlighted specific projects that need your support. Please visit the Projects page for more information. Any program or fund that is not listed on this page may be located by visiting our online giving page and selecting the “More Designations” link in the gray text box.

WHERE is FSU’s Great Give taking place?

FSU’s Great Give is a campus-wide initiative and a virtual event that takes place online, on social media and on campus. Within the timeframe of the event, credit card, debit card and PayPal donations can be made at your convenience via FSU’s Great Give online. Colleges and units will be posting social media updates throughout the duration of FSU’s Great Give. You can read and share news as they are posted on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

WHO can participate?

This event is open to students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends of Florida State University.

WHY support FSU’s Great Give?

Great things happen when we unite to #SupportFSU. Your gift to Florida State provides our students with the programs and experiences that make our University unique.

HOW will incentives be awarded?

Incentive awards will be granted based on each award’s specific criteria to eligible academic sparkFSU projects and funds. More information will be posted on the Incentives page prior to FSU’s Great Give. The University’s Greatest Need Fund is not eligible for incentive awards. The FSU Foundation reserves the right to disqualify gifts counting toward incentive awards that were made or altered in order to provide an unfair advantage during that time period.

WHEN will incentive winners be announced?

All time period incentives will be announced within one hour of the incentive period ending. Thirty-six-hour incentive winners will be announced once all data is validated. A complete list of the incentive recipients will be listed on the Incentives page as well as on FSU’s Great Give Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.