Gifts to UAFS can be made in a variety of ways, ranging from outright, one-time cash gifts to carefully planned annuities and trusts. In fact, you have dozens of avenues by which to impact the University, its students, and the Greater Fort Smith community. This page offers only a brief overview. When you're ready, please call us at 479-788-7020. Our staff will be happy to assist you with further information about the giving options. Whatever your interests, whatever your capacity, we welcome your support.
Outright gifts are those that can be used immediately by the University. They are given in a single lump-sum and most often they are made in cash or cash equivalents. Outright gifts can also be made of securities and real or personal property. You may specify whatever area you'd like your outright gift to support—from scholarships to campus artwork to classroom technology—or your outright gift can be unrestricted. The University uses unrestricted gifts to help meet its most pressing needs.
A pledge is a commitment to give a certain amount during a period of up to five years. By combining yearly gifts into a multi-year pledge, you can give more generously than you might be able to otherwise and increase the impact of your gift. A pledge of $5,000 per year turns those gifts into a $25,000 gift, which can create an endowment to support the University in perpetuity and carry your name or the name of a loved one.
Endowments are the bedrock of our support, the provider of our confidence in this University’s future. They are gifts that the Foundation invests to generate income in perpetuity. The original amount of the gift—the principal—is preserved, and each year a portion of the income it generates is used to support the area of your choice. The remainder of the income is reinvested, so the principal amount keeps growing.
Endowments often bear the name of the donor or a family member. Frequently, they are given in order to fund named scholarships, but they can also fund endowed chairs and professorships. They can be created now through an outright gift, funded during a five year period, or created in the future through a planned gift.
The term "planned gift" covers a tremendous spectrum of giving options, ranging from simple wills to income-paying annuities to the designation of UAFS as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy. Each offers its own distinct set of advantages. What they all share in common is that they are gifts the University receives at some time in the future. To learn more about the many types of planned gifts, contact the Foundation at 479-788-7020
or visit the Planned Giving area
of our site.
More than 7,500 companies "match" gifts given by their employees—and, in some cases, retirees—to qualified, nonprofit charitable organizations like the UAFS Foundation. Your company might match, double, or even triple your gift, greatly increasing its impact. And the matching dollars given by your company will go to the same area your original gift goes. Some of the most common matching gift employers include oil companies, pharmaceutical companies and banks. Call us to learn more.
Tribute gifts allow you to support the University while memorializing someone close to you who has passed away or honoring a living friend, family member, or loved one. When you give an "In memory of..." gift, we notify the family of the person memorialized. Gifts given in memory of and in honor of are also listed in Advances, the Foundation's newsletter.
Annual gifts to UAFS are outright gifts made with cash, check, or credit card. Annual giving offers you an opportunity to directly support the University, no matter what your means, by providing valuable funding to the area of their choice. Unlike endowments and planned gifts, funds provided by annual giving can be used immediately and in their entirety. Additionally, while the amount of income generated each year by endowments varies with economic conditions, annual funds are "solid dollars" that can fill in critical gaps.