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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

When does Wofford's gift year end?
Wofford’s gift year coincides with the calendar year and runs January 1 through December 31.

>How will my gift be publicly recognized?
All donors are listed by giving level within their constituent group in our online Honor Roll of Contributors, unless they request to remain anonymous.

>What are the giving levels?
Click here to view Wofford's giving levels and societies. Donors will be acknowledged in the appropriate giving level and society on the online Honor Roll of Contributors.

>How do I make a memorial or honor gift for someone?
For a mailed gift you can include the notation on the check itself or enclose a note.  For online gifts, the system will ask if the gift is a memorial or honor gift.  Wofford will notify the honoree or the family about your gift (amounts are not included).

>Why am I getting calls and emails from Wofford as the parent of a Wofford graduate?
Wofford relies on the support of the entire college community, including parents of alumni. Many parents of alumni continue their relationship and support of Wofford long after their child has graduated. 

>Why am I receiving mail for my student who has already graduated?
Encourage your child to update their information with the college so that we can let him/her know about events, important announcements and other opportunities.
They may do so by filling out this contact information form.

>Why did I receive a pledge reminder when I did not make a pledge?
We make every effort to be accurate in our pledge and gift recording, but occasionally a mistake is made.  Please feel free to contact the Advancement Office at 864-597-4200 or
goingsle@wofford.edu in order to make the necessary adjustment.  

The Wofford Fund

>What is the The Wofford Fund?
The Wofford Fund is the college's annual fund. Gifts to The Wofford Fund may be designated to five allocations: Area of Greatest Need, Faculty & Staff Development, Library & Technology, Scholarship Support and Student Experiences. Click here to learn more about each of these allocations. The Wofford Fund works behind-the-scenes to make a Wofford education possible by filling the gap where tuition dollars end and the endowment begins.

>What is the difference between an annual gift and a capital or endowed gift?
Annual gifts (such as those to The Wofford Fund and the Terrier Club) support the operating budget and are spent during the current fiscal year.  An endowed gift is invested and the interest off of the principle is used to fund a scholarship, professorship or program.  A capital gift is used to build or renovate a facility on the campus.  

Making a Gift

 >Can I make a gift anonymously?

Yes, you can indicate on a check, remittance envelope or on the online gift form under “Comments” that you wish to remain anonymous.  Your gift will still count in your class or constituent group totals but your name will not be published. 

>Where do I get more information about gift planning and including Wofford in my estate plans?
 Visit our Gift Planning page to learn about the many opportunities you have to not only provide for your loved ones, but also make a significant contribution to Wofford. Contact Lisa DeFreitas at defreitaslh@wofford.edu or 864-597-4203.

>Where can I learn more about scholarships and other endowment opportunities?
Click here to learn more about available endowment opportunities. Be sure to also take a look at our Endowment FAQs. If you have further questions, please contact Elizabeth Shuler, director of donor relations, at shulerEB@wofford.edu or 864-597-4204.

>How do I make a gift of stock?
Contact Lisa Goings in the Office of Advancement at 864-597-4210 or goingsle@wofford.edu for guidance.

>Can I make a recurring gift on my credit card? 
You may make a gift using our secure online giving form and indicate "Make this a recurring gift." You may also contact the Office of Advancement at (864) 597-4200 to handle it over the phone.

>How do I set up a bank draft?
Print this form, attach a voided check, and mail it to the following address: 

Attn: Lisa Goings
 Wofford College Advancement Office

429 North Church Street  
Spartanburg, SC 29303 

>My spouse also went to Wofford. Will we both get credit for making a gift?
If we know that you are married, each spouse will received credit for the full gift amount plus any matching gift credit that is available.

>Will I receive a receipt?
You will receive an official college receipt by mail after making your gift.
If you made an online gift, you should receive a receipt by email immediately.

>I can't find my receipt. How do I get a duplicate?
Please contact the Office of Advancement at 864-597-4200 for assistance.

>Can I write one check even if I am supporting multiple funds at the college?
One check made out to Wofford College is sufficient; simply enclose a list of designation amounts.

>Why did I receive a pledge reminder when I already sent in my gift?
Your gift could have been processed after the pledge reminders were printed or your gift may have been applied incorrectly in the database.  Please contact the Advancement Office at 864-597-4200
if you feel an error has been made.

>Does Wofford accept gifts-in-kind?
Please contact Lisa Goings in the Advancement Office at 864-597-4210 or goingsle@wofford.edu for more information.

Matching Gifts

 >What is a matching gift?

 Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift.
 >How can I find out if my company (or my spouse's) will match my gift to Wofford?

Visit our Matching Gifts page or call your human resource department to see if your company or organization participates in a matching gifts program.

>How is the matching gifts process initiated?
Companies have varying procedures regarding their matching gift programs, but in most cases you are required to start the process by sending in a form to Wofford for verification of the gift.

>Do matching gifts count towards my giving level?
Yes, matching gifts are counted in your gift total. However, if your gift is made near the end of the calendar year, the match may not be received until the following year

Don't see your question here?
Contact the Office of Advancement at 864-597-4200.