Believe: The UCF Faculty & Staff Campaign

Frequently Asked Questions

 

I already work here. Why should I give?

Your gift helps fund important programs at UCF. As a faculty or staff member, you know areas of need that may not be well-supported. Your participation says you believe in UCF and encourages the support of future donors.

How much should I give?

Every gift is important. Whatever you can give is meaningful and has a great impact on students and programs.

I already made a gift to UCF this year. Will that count toward the Faculty and Staff Campaign?

Yes. Any gift or pledge made by a UCF employee during the current fiscal year — July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017 — will count.

Can I specify where my gift goes? 

Yes. You may designate your gift to support any program or fund. A list of recommended funds can be found here.

Can I designate more than one area? 

Yes. You may give to multiple programs. Directions on how to split your gift can be found in the online payroll deduction form, the online credit card form and in the paper pledge form.

Is my gift tax-deductible? 

Yes. Your gift is eligible for tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations during the calendar year that you make your gift. Consult your tax professional for more information.

For GKC gifts, the IRS allows an 80 percent charitable deduction (after subtracting the value of any benefits) for a contribution where, as a result of such contribution, the donor receives preferred seating rights for athletic events.

Can I make my payroll deduction online?

Yes. You may set up a payroll deduction.

Can I name UCF as a beneficiary in my estate?

Yes. You may designate the UCF Foundation, Inc., as a beneficiary to your life insurance policy, retirement plan or will. For more information, call Kathleen Hagerty at 407.882.1237.

What if my spouse works for a matching gift company?

If your spouse’s employer participates in a matching gift program, complete the paper or online pledge form (each employer has different requirements), and return it to us. You may include it along with your contribution and pledge form, or you may submit it within a month of your donation. To see whether your spouse's employer matches gifts, visit ucffoundation.org/matchinggifts

Can I make a gift to the Golden Knights Club (GKC) through the Faculty and Staff Campaign?

Yes. If you choose to use payroll deduction, please use the section on the pledge form marked “Golden Knights Club Gifts." All gifts to the GKC must be completed prior to June 30, 2017, to be eligible for Fall 2017 benefits.

When will I receive my tax receipt?

Payroll deduction — Your charitable contribution will appear on your W-2 form at the end of the year.
GKC donations — You will receive a year-end tax statement.
Check or credit card (non-GKC) donations — You will receive an email receipt within 72 hours of the processing of your gift.

How are donors recognized?

All employees who make a gift during the fiscal year will receive a participation gift and an invitation to the campaign-end celebration. Those who make a gift of $63 or more will receive an additional token of thanks.



Thank You!

Last year's Believe campaign saw a 12% increase in donors over the year before, with $662,680 raised for scholarships alone. The top 3 top areas supported were First Generation Scholarships, the Golden Knights Club, and the Knights Helping Knights Pantry.

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