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Frequently Asked Questions About Mansfield University Foundation

  • How is the Foundation Managed?
    The Mansfield University Foundation is governed by a board of directors that elects its officers including a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. The Executive Director of the Foundation reports to this Board. The Foundation's Board of Directors Bylaws states that the Board shall be no less than thirteen (13) and not more than twenty-one (21) members elected at large and includes the MU President and representative from the Council of Trustees, who serve as ex-officio members. The Board's Nominating Committee accepts nominations throughout the year. The nominees are vetted through the Foundation staff and Board of Directors. At the annual board meeting in May, the Nominating Committee makes formal recommendations to the full board and new directors and officers are elected.

  • What are Mansfield University's fundraising priorities and who sets them?
    The MU Foundation was established to support the strategic direction of the University. As such, the Foundation's major initiatives, such as capital campaigns, are set by the University's President, with the concurrence of the Foundation's management and board of directors.

  • How does the Foundation serve the University?
    Mansfield University Foundation exists solely for the benefit of MU and serves as the primary fundraising arm of the university by securing private gifts to all areas of the University. Through annual giving programs, planned giving vehicles (wills, trusts, and other methods of giving), and special campaigns, the Foundation works with MU's administration and departments to generate private support from alumni and friends.

  • How does the MU Foundation work with the MU Alumni Association?
    The MU Foundation shares a mutual mission with the University's Alumni Association by encouraging full participation of alumni and friends in advancing Mansfield University.The MU Alumni Association maintains and strengthens the ties between graduates and the University by bringing together alumni and friends through programs such as Alumni Weekend and through the Mansfieldian. The Foundation's team, comprised of all MU alumni, encourages both your membership in the Alumni Association and your support of the University with contributions through the MU Foundation.

  • How does the Foundation manage contributions?
    We direct your donations exactly as you specify. Expenditures of funds are made in accordance to strict guidelines for use of the money as specified by the donor. In many instances, donors often allow their gifts to be directed to where there is the greatest need. These funds are called "unrestricted" or "undesignated" gifts and assists the university in providing scholarship assistance; supports faculty development; and supports important university initiatives for which other funding is not available.

  • How is donor intent followed?
    In order to ensure the tradition of an MU education exists for future generations of Mounties, private support is essential. The role of the MU Foundation is to do everything we can do to grow that support now and well into the future, which means that earning and maintaining the trust of our donors is our highest priority.

    The majority of the annual contributions received by the Foundation are cash gifts that are made in response to annual mailings and our annual phonathon program. In each of these cases, contributions we receive are usually accompanied by a contribution card that has been completed by the donor, informing us of how the gift is to be used or directed to a specific account within the Foundation.

    When a donor is interested in making a more complex gift (such as a bequest), they will often contact the Foundation well in advance so that we can work closely with them and their financial advisor.

    In all situations and circumstance, policies and procedures have been developed, which reflect the highest standards of integrity and accountability and guide our Foundation team when working with donors.

  • How does the Foundation report its business practices?
    As a separately incorporated foundation, the MU Foundation exists under Pennsylvania corporate law and meets the requirements of the law, including making available to the public a significant amount of financial information, such as IRS Form 990 and our audited financial statements.The Foundation is governed by a board of directors comprised of alumni and friends who are committed to the advancement of MU and volunteer their time to oversee the Foundation's activities and programs. The Foundation team endorses and upholds the practices outlined in the Donor Bill of Rights, which was developed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Our fundraising staff are active members of both AFP and CASE.

    The MU Foundation is audited by Mengel Metzger Barr & Co., LLP at the close of our fiscal year, June 30.

  • What is a Form 990?
    The MU Foundation, like all I.R.C. Sec. 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, is required by federal law to file an annual income tax return, IRS Forms 990 and 990-T and make that report available to the public upon request.

    Click here to see our Form 990.

FAQs About Making a Gift

  • I'm not comfortable giving online. Is it safe?
    The MU Foundation uses industry-standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to protect the confidentiality of your personal information. In addition, the Foundation maintains adherence to the Donor Bill of Rights developed by both the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), in order to "assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support." Read more about our Privacy Policy at Give Online.

  • Is my gift tax deductible?
    Yes, to the extent allowable by law. You must claim the gift as an itemized deduction on your tax return.The MU Foundation is a nonprofit IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) organization that is separate from Mansfield University and exists solely to advance the strategic direction of MU by securing private gifts in support of all areas of MU.

  • Will I get a receipt for tax purposes?
    If you make a gift online, you will receive an immediate receipt as well as an email from the Foundation confirming your gift. Approximately one to two weeks after making your gift, you will be mailed a tax receipt from the Foundation for contributions $25 and above in accordance with IRS guidelines.

  • May I mail a check or set up an automatic deduction?
    If you prefer to pay by check, you may mail your gift to us. Simply complete the printable giving form and mail the form to the Foundation. Faculty and staff may also make gifts via payroll withholding. Simply print and complete the payroll deduction form.

  • What do I do if my company has a matching gift program?
    Many employers match charitable contributions made by their employees and sometimes retirees as well. To find out if your employer participates, check our database of companies who match gifts. You will find more information there about what is needed for the company to match your donation!

  • How do I direct my gift to a department, program or other specific area of my choice?
    When making a gift online, you can choose other for the area you wish to support. This option allows you to write in the specific department, program or fund that you would like your gift to benefit. When making a gift using the printable gift form, please indicate the department, area or fund in the gift information section that you would like your gift to benefit.

  • Can I make my gift in honor or memory of someone?
    We are happy to acknowledge gifts made in honor or in memory of individuals. You can make a tribute gift online or mail your contribution. If you mail your contribution, please send us a contact name and address and we would be happy to send an acknowledgement of the gift to the family. No mention of the dollar amount of the gift will be made.