Ways to Give
Giving makes a real impact at Cumberland University. We continue to transform lives thanks to the faithful and generous support of our financial donors. The student body continues to grow and thrive. With our enrollment numbers increasing every year, we must actively work to expand and transform our campus to meet the needs of our students. We have the opportunity to enhance the Cumberland experience for all through the impactful support of our alumni, parents, faculty, staff and community.
For your comfort and convenience, there are many ways to give. Alumni, parents, faculty, staff and community make gifts to CU with various kinds of assets and in many forms.
Options include; cash, checks, credit card payments, gifts of marketable securities, company matching gifts, corporate or foundation gifts, gifts in kind, grants, bequests and other assets.
Gifts support an array of causes: scholarships, naming opportunities, professorships, infrastructure, and other causes.
Preserve your legacy and minimize tax burdens for your heirs
Many donors choose to remember Cumberland in their estate plans. Gifts made through estate planning have a transformational impact on the university, preserve your legacy and minimize tax burdens for your heirs. At Cumberland University we encourage two simple types of planned gifts: bequests and beneficiary designations.
These plans can be made by updating your Will or the beneficiary information on a retirement plan or life insurance policy. For additional assistance, please contact the Office of Advancement at (615) 547-1269.
Stocks, bonds, and mutual fund shares
Outright gifts of appreciated securities (stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares) can provide you with significant tax advantages and make an impactful gift to Cumberland. You can use our Stock Transfer Form to prepare the information for your broker and access transfer instructions. For assistance, please contact the Office of Advancement at (615) 547-1269.
Want to make a big gift to Cumberland University without touching your bank account?
Want to make a big gift to Cumberland University without touching your bank account? Consider giving us real estate. Such a generous gift helps us continue our work for years to come. And a gift of real estate also helps you. When you give us appreciated property you have held longer than one year, you qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction. You avoid paying capital gains tax. And you no longer have to deal with that property’s maintenance costs, property taxes or insurance.
Another benefit: You don’t have to hassle with selling the real estate. You can deed the property directly to Cumberland or ask your attorney to add a few sentences in your will or trust agreement.
You can give real estate to Cumberland in the following ways:
- An outright gift
- A retained life estate
- A deferred charitable gift annuity
Employers match charitable contributions
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees and spouses. Some large employers provide very generous matches, which may double or triple your initial gift.
To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please check with your human resources department. For more information please contact the Office of Advancement at (615) 547-1269.
Gift in Kind
Charitable giving of goods and services
Cumberland University accepts gift in kind items that are appropriate to its mission. Gifts of tangible, personal property such as art, jewelry, antiques, rare books, etc. offer the donor an immediate tax deduction and provide support to the university. Please complete a Gift in Kind form. For additional assistance please contact the Office of Advancement at (615) 547-1269.
Cash, check or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
Recurring gifts, cash, check or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) are all easy ways to give. EFT allows you to draft fixed monthly payments directly from your credit card. Please use our Recurring Gift Form. For additional assistance please contact the Office of Advancement at (615) 547-1269.
Corporate or Foundation Gifts and Grants
Corporate and Foundation gifts enable your organization to fulfill your organization’s philanthropic goals and support the mission of CU.
Cumberland University often partners with businesses and organizations that share our interests. We connect you with our Career Services department to introduce students to fill internships, job shadowing and job openings.
With a gift or grant to Cumberland, you have access to carefully screened talent and the means to fulfill your organization’s philanthropic goals. For additional assistance please contact the Office of Advancement at (615) 547-1269.
Let's Rise Together
Your gift enables Cumberland University to direct resources to help our students and faculty with emergent needs and build upon our historic legacy. We invite you to join us in being a part of a devoted community who are passionate about transforming possibility into opportunity.
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If you have any questions or would like more information about giving opportunities, please don’t hesitate to reach out.