How to give
There are many ways to show your support and we are thankful for that people like you who have embraced our mission and make possible all the good that we do.
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More information on ways to give
Making your annual contribution to the Lakeside Fund or Beaver Pride can be as easy as writing a check or using your MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express credit card.
Pay your contribution through the use of our secure and automated payment plan where you pay equal monthly payments over a period of time.
GIFT IN KIND
Gifts of goods or services can be of great financial assistance to Bemidji State while offering the donor a tax deduction for the fair market value of the gift. All Gift-In-Kind contributions must be pre-approved by the Executive Director of University Advancement. An in-kind gift approval form must be completed and approved BEFORE the goods or services will be considered gift-In-kind and exchanged for Beaver Pride or tax benefits. Please consult your tax advisor and contact the BSU Foundation for further information.
Gifts of appreciated assets can be gifted directly to Bemidji State University and can provide an added tax benefit for you.
Many companies will match your contribution to Bemidji State University. Please inquire with your Human Resource department and submit your company’s matching gift form with your gift. You can double, sometimes triple your annual gift. BSU benefits from additional scholarship support, you get the benefits of the higher level benefits and your company contributes a portion of your annual contribution. *Matching gifts cannot be used for required seating contributions.
One of the easiest and most important ways to support Bemidji State is by remembering the university with a planned or deferred gift. You can support the BSU with a living memorial for yourself, your family, or a former coach or friend of Bemidji State while you are making the future stronger for the Beavers.
Gifts through wills and bequests can provide an opportunity to sustain your family name in conjunction with Bemidji State University. If you have instructions to leave Bemidji State University a gift through your estate planning program, please let the BSU Foundation office know so we can properly acknowledge your contributions today.
LIFE INCOME/CHARITABLE TRUSTS
Charitable trusts offer an opportunity to make a substantial gift to the Bemidj State University without forfeiting the annual income produced by these assets. You retain income for your life, and the life of your spouse, and the corpus of the trust account is transferred to the Bemidji State University upon the death of the surviving spouse. This gift can also be structured to create a substantial tax break over a period of years. Through the creative process of planned giving, incorporated within your comprehensive estate plans, you can fulfill philanthropic goals, reduce income taxes, avoid capital gain and estate taxes, retain a life income, increase spendable income, or reduce the costs of estate settlement. You can enjoy the rewards of a planned gift, while also supporting BSU. For more information about specific planned giving strategies that can help you and Bemidji State, please contact the BSU Foundation today.
One of the most important contributions you can give to Bemidji State University is a scholarship endowment. Endowed scholarships range anywhere from $25,000 (partially endowed scholarship) to $250,000 (fully endowed scholarship). An endowment fund operates like a perpetual interest bearing bank account. Your contribution funds the bank account, and a portion of the interest earned from the account is used to support the scholarship.