Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I make a gift to Support Mason’s Faster Farther Campaign?

Gifts for the campaign can be made in a variety of ways.  You can make a gift or establish a recurring pledge online via credit card.  You can also mail a check, made payable to George Mason University Foundation, Inc., to 4400 University Drive, MS 1A3, Fairfax, VA 22030.  If you would like to make a deferred gift via your estate or other planned gift vehicle, you may contact our director of gift planning at 703-993-7992 or bfield4@gmu.edu.  Still not sure how to get your gift to us?  Feel free to contact University Advancement and Alumni Relations at 703-993-8850 or campaign@gmu.edu.

What is the George Mason University Foundation, Inc.?

The George Mason University Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1966 to generate private support and manage, invest, and administer private gifts made in support of the university.

Is there a minimum gift amount that I must make?

Gifts of any and all amounts go a long way to support the efforts of our students and faculty as well as the continued care and maintenance of our campuses and facilities.  We encourage you to give what you can, whenever you can.  Please note that there is a $5.00 minimum for gifts made online.

Can I make a gift to any activity at George Mason University?

You may choose to support initiatives for students, faculty research and teaching, libraries, and facilities—across all schools, colleges, and campuses at Mason.  Making a gift to the Mason Excellence Fund allows you to support the university’s general unrestricted fund, often providing resources where need is greatest.  You will find a variety of options listed on our online giving form.  If you would like to make a gift to a fund or area not already designated in the form, please do so by clicking “other” and completing the relevant information.

Can I make a gift in memory or honor of someone who has made an impact on my life?

Charitable gifts are a thoughtful and meaningful way to honor those you love.  Your gift can be designated in honor or in memory of someone special.  You may also wish to make a gift in celebration of a special occasion or to commemorate a special event.  Please complete the information on our online giving form and we will notify the intended honoree of your generosity.  Sending your gift through USPS? Please include relevant gift information and the name and mailing address of the person who should be notified of your gift and we will do the rest.

Can the George Mason University Foundation, Inc. accept gifts of stocks or publicly traded securities?

Yes. Gifts of publicly traded securities will be based on the full fair market value of the securities, and will be valued, recorded, receipted and acknowledged according to IRS (Internal Revenue Service) regulations.  For wire transfer instructions, or if you have additional questions about making a gift of publicly traded securities, please call Susan Van Leunen at 703-993-8702 or email mvanleun@gmu.edu.

Can I contribute real estate or other gifts of tangible personal property (gifts-in-kind) in support of George Mason University?

Gifts of real estate and tangible personal property may be accepted at the discretion of the George Mason University Foundation, Inc. and in accordance with IRS regulations.  For more information regarding gifts of real estate or tangible personal property, please contact us at 703-993-8850 or campaign@gmu.edu.

Will a matching gift from my employer count toward donor recognition?

Companies set their own matching gift policies and may match charitable contributions at a variety of ratios.  Donors whose generosity is enhanced by a matching gift will receive recognition credit for the matching gift.  For example, if your employer matches charitable contributions at a 2:1 ratio, and you make a $100 gift, your total recognition credit would be $300.

I am not sure if my employer matches charitable contributions.  How can I find out if my company will match my gift?

Many corporations generously match charitable contributions made by current or retired employees and board members.  You may use an online matching gift database to determine if you are affiliated with a matching gift company.  You can also simply inquire with your human resources or employee benefits office.

Can’t find the answer you need?

Please contact University Advancement and Alumni Relations at 703-993-8850 or campaign@gmu.edu.