FAQs

1. Why does Georgia College need private funds? Isn't it a state school? 

  • Yes, Georgia College is indeed a state school, but it receives only a fraction of its budget from the state. Private funds allow the university to continue in its path to preeminence as Georgia's public liberal arts university. 


2. Can I designate where I want my gift to go?

  • Yes, you can direct where you want your gift to make the most impact. Here are a few of the more popular areas of giving:
    • Heritage Fund
      • The Heritage Fund is what's known as the unrestricted fund. Gifts to the Heritage Fund provide funding for critical areas such as: student scholarships, improved academic facilities, state-of-the-art classroom technology and support for both faculty and student research. 
         
    • Annual Scholarship Fund
      • ​Since becoming Georgia's public liberal arts university Georgia College has climbed to number three in the University System of Georgia for average freshmen SAT scores. Increasing the scholarship opportunities at Georgia College allows us to continue to recruit and retain Georgia's best and brightest students. 
         
    • Academic Areas
    • Athletics
      • The Georgia College Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GC prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at http://www.gcsubobcats.com.
         
    • Campus initiatives
      • We have a number of co-curricular programs that extend the academic offerings of the university.
        • Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion
        • Ina Dillard Russell Library
        • The International Program
        • The Honors Program
        • The GIVE Center

3. What is an endowment?

  • An endowment can be established with a minimum of $10,000. This fund will generate interest income in perpetuity to provide financial support for the area of the donor's choosing. Currently, endowments may support programs, scholarships, facility improvements, faculty excellence and high impact student activities. The principal of the endowment is never spent, thus ensuring that the gift's impact will continue throughout the life of Georgia College.  


4. How can I include Georgia College in my will?

  • Leave a lasting legacy with a specific, percentage, residual or contingent gift in your will. Simply specify an amount, personal property or real estate. Become a Corinthian Society member today. 


5. What is a matching gift?

  • Double -- or even triple -- your gift to Georgia College. Many companies will match it dollar-for-dollar, and in some cases, double or triple charitable gifts made by their employees.
  • The process for submitting a matching gift request differs among companies. Contact your company's human resources officer or check their website to find out what your options are.


6. Is my gift tax deductible?

  • All gifts to Georgia College are tax deductible as prescribed by law. In addition, gifts such as bequests and other forms of planned gifts can yield considerable tax benefits for donors. For more information on the tax advantages of various planned gifts, visit our online planned giving guide.


7. How can I make a joint gift with my spouse?

  • When you make your gift, include your spouse's name and indicate that you would like for the two of you to receive joint recognition for the gift.


8. Are naming opportunities available that will allow me to leave a legacy at Georgia College?

  • The Advancement Office is available to help guide you through our named giving opportunities and the various giving levels. For more information, see Naming Opportunities.