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Giving to Clarion

Annual Gifts

Every year, Clarion University Foundation, Inc. receives contributions from nearly 6,000 individuals and organizations who support our ongoing work. Annual gifts comprise the backbone of our development program, and we depend on them to meet our daily obligations. For the most part, annual gifts are funded with cash out of a person’s monthly income.  Donors contributing $1,000 or more annually are included in Clarion's prestigious 1867 Circle.


Special Gifts

As a growing and vital organization, we seek to raise additional funds for building expansion, Endowment and other special projects and purposes. We challenge our donors to make a larger gift, something beyond their annual gift amount. Such gifts may come from savings or brokerage accounts and represent a significant commitment. While the number of donors making special or major gifts may be smaller than the number of annual donors, these generous gifts are extremely important.


Planned Gifts

These gifts are in a class by themselves. They are sometimes made during life and sometimes at death, as in the case of a bequest. Most often, they involve non-cash assets, such as real estate, business holdings or other estate assets. A planned gift calls for careful consideration and usually requires the assistance of professional advisors. Planned gifts represent a smaller but highly committed group of donors. We are able to provide assistance to help these friends complete their “dream gifts.”


Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC)

Clarion University is one of a few schools in Pennsylvania and the only State System school participating in an exciting new giving option: the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC).  The PA Department of Community and Economic Development has approved the Clarion University Foundation as an Educational Improvement Organization under the EITC program.  This designation allows business to contribute to Clarion University's innovative educational programs and receive a tax credit in addition to their federal charitable deduction.  Click here for more information.