Why is Bowie State University in a campaign?
Private support is vital
to the growth of Bowie State University. We are proud to say that thousands
of students have received an extraordinary education at Bowie State
University. Many of these students can attribute a part of their success
to the generosity of individuals who believed in the power of education.
We look to our dedicated friends and future supporters to join with
us in assuring access and opportunity to future generations of students.
The purpose of The Campaign for Bowie
State University: Believe. Invest. Grow. is to strengthen
our schools and programs, increase the number of scholarships, build
the endowment, and enhance the infrastructure and technology campus-wide.
What is the Campaign's financial goal?
The goal of The Campaign for Bowie State
University: Believe. Invest. Grow. is $15 million. This
goal was established based on the needs and priorities of the university's
schools and programs in support of its outstanding students and faculty.
When did the campaign begin and how long will it last?
The Campaign for Bowie State University: Believe. Invest.
Grow was publicly launch in November, 2008. Like
most campaigns, The Campaign for Bowie State University:
Believe. Invest. Grow started with a multi-year “quiet
phase.” That phase included not only planning and priority-setting,
but the solicitation of lead gifts from many donors. The campaign
will conclude upon the successful achievement of the $15 million
goal by year 2013
Why does Bowie State University need my financial help if
it gets funding from the state?
Your contribution does not replace state funding but does provide
the important resources needed to ensure that Bowie State University
can be ranked as an institution that provides all students with a quality
Can I choose the area my gift will benefit?
the priorities of The Campaign for Bowie
State University: Believe. Invest. Grow encompass all areas
of campus, any area you choose to assist will benefit the campaign.
You can designate the purpose of your gift to a school, the library,
athletics or to the unrestricted Annual Fund to be used where the
need is greatest.
Can I make my gift anonymously?
Yes. Bowie State University Foundation willingly
accepts anonymous gifts and will protect the anonymity of any donor
who requests it. Anonymous gifts will be counted in the campaign
and are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
What if I can't make a large gift? Will my gift of $50.00
really make a difference?
Gifts of any size are critical to the success of The Campaign
for Bowie State University: Believe. Invest. Grow. Along
with the dollar goal of $15 million, BSU also has a goal of increasing
the number of donors who support the university on an annual basis.
The cumulative result of many gifts from alumni, parents, faculty,
staff, friends, and corporations will help us to achieve both of these
goals. Pledges or gifts are also payable in installments, which allow
many donors to spread out their commitment over a number of years.
Is my gift to Bowie State University Foundation tax deductible?
Yes. All contributions are
fully tax deductible as allowed by law.
What is an endowed fund?
An endowed fund provides
continued support for the purpose designated. The principal of an endowment
is never spent. It is
invested and the earnings are used to support the purpose of the fund.
Why is it so important to make sure I give every year?
Unlike large long-term gifts, Annual Fund gifts provide Bowie State
University Foundation with money immediately, which can be used to
benefit any area of the university.
What is the 1865 Society?
The 1865 Society was founded to recognize those who have given a gift
of $1,000 or more per year.
How can my gift be doubled or tripled?
Many corporations often match gifts. Any donor may maximize his/her
gift by contacting their employer's human resources office for the
appropriate forms and then submitting the form to the Bowie State University
Why do I make my check in support of the campaign payable
to the Bowie State University Foundation?
The Bowie State
University Foundation is the non profit entity, established in 1972
to accept and manage gifts that help advance Bowie State University
as a student-centered institution of excellence.
Who do I contact if I have questions about the campaign, or
want to discuss a major gift to BSU?
You can contact us in person or via email and our Development staff
will guide you appropriately. To contact the Office of Development,
please write or call:
Bowie State University
Office of Development
14000 Jericho Park Road