Faculty & Staff Annual Appeal - Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I support Binghamton University?
How much should I give?
How can I give?
How does payroll deduction work?
What can I give to?
What is the Binghamton Fund?
Why is the Binghamton Fund important?
Can I designate my Binghamton Fund Gift?
What is the difference between a gift to the English department and a gift to the Binghamton Fund?
Who decides where the greatest needs are?
Can I still give to an endowment or make a restricted gift?
Why is a restricted gift not considered part of the Binghamton Fund?


Why should I support Binghamton University?

Giving is a personal decision and each person who gives to the University has a unique answer to that question. In addition to your daily contributions of time and talent, a financial contribution is a different and important way to demonstrate your investment in Binghamton University.  Individual reasons for giving are diverse, but all reflect a sincere belief in the work being done here at Binghamton. Ultimately, your participation in the Faculty & Staff Appeal is a vote of confidence in the University and its future. 

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How much should I give?

You determine the size and designation of your gift according to your own charitable interests, your personal willingness to give, and your financial capacity. It’s your participation in the effort that is most important. 

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How can I give?

There are many easy ways to make a gift to Binghamton University. You can make a gift via:

  • Payroll deduction
  • Check  (payable to the Binghamton University Foundation)
  • Credit card
  • Electronic Funds Transfer
  • Securities  
  • Bequests

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How does payroll deduction work?

Payroll deduction is one of the fastest, easiest and most convenient ways to make a gift. By completing and submitting a payroll deduction form, you specify the amount you would like automatically deducted from each paycheck, the start date, and where your support should be designated. For your convenience, payroll deduction will be renewed on an ongoing basis so you do not have to submit a new form each year.

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What can I give to?

You have many choices, and we could not begin to list them all. Many donors choose to make a gift to the Binghamton Fund, which is directed where the need is greatest. Other donors choose to restrict their gifts to a specific department or program, or one of the many scholarships that are available to Binghamton students.

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What is the Binghamton Fund?

Binghamton Fund gifts provide flexible, current-use dollars to the schools, units, or the University as a whole, and are true budget-relieving, discretionary dollars.  The Binghamton Fund is a powerful source of revenue because it enables the University to take advantage of unexpected opportunities that directly support the success of our faculty and students. 

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Why is the Binghamton Fund important?

Gifts to the Binghamton Fund allow the University to be flexible and respond to opportunities that serve its greatest needs. Because tuition and state support alone do not fully fund programs and services, contributions from private sources are extremely important to the University’s ability to realize its mission.

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Can I designate my Binghamton Fund gift?

Yes. Binghamton Fund gifts may be designated to the University’s greatest needs or to the greatest needs in any of the following colleges, schools, or units:

Binghamton Fund (greatest needs)

Binghamton Fund for Harpur College of Arts & Sciences

Binghamton Fund for the College of Community & Public Affairs

Binghamton Fund for the Decker School of Nursing

Binghamton Fund for the Graduate School of Education

Binghamton Fund for the Graduate School

Binghamton Fund for the School of Management

Binghamton Fund for the Watson School of Engineering & Applied Science

Binghamton Fund for the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts

Binghamton Fund for the University Art Museum

Binghamton Fund for Athletics

Binghamton Fund for Campus Enhancement

Binghamton Fund for the University Libraries

Binghamton Fund for Research & Technology

Binghamton Fund for Student Life

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What is the difference between a gift to the English department and a gift to the Binghamton Fund?

A gift to the English department is considered a restricted gift, because it can only be used for that particular purpose. The Binghamton Fund provides funds that are available immediately for use where the needs are greatest.

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Who decides where the greatest needs are?

University leaders, with input from faculty and students; those who are most familiar with the University’s most pressing needs. The process to determine the greatest needs is collaborative and reflects the University’s vision to be among the best public institutions in the nation.

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Can I still give to an endowment or make a restricted gift?

Absolutely!  Endowments and other restricted gifts will not count as Binghamton Fund gifts, but all gifts to the University are valued and appreciated.

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Why is a restricted gift not considered part of the Binghamton Fund?

To meet the current needs of our students and faculty and to address some of the issues that society must deal with, the University needs to be able to respond quickly, flexibly, and strategically. Gifts designated to meeting the greatest needs of our students and faculty allow us to do this and to do it well.

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Last Updated: 1/8/14