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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How can I make a gift?

A: By mail:

MacMurray College
Office of Institutional Advancement
447 East College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650-2590

Enclose check payable to MacMurray College. In the check's memo section, please designate the allocation of the gift. For example:

  • General Operating Fund;
  • MacMurray General Annual Scholarship Fund;
  • Merritta Norvell Florence Scholarship Fund.

By phone: call 217-479-7024 and let an Institutional Advancement team member know you are interested in making a donation over the phone.

Online: make a gift online through our secure giving site.

Q: Can I make my gift with a credit card?

A: Yes. The Office of Institutional Advancement accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card gifts can be made on our secure giving site, over the phone, or through a mailed pledge reply card. To make a donation using American Express, card members may use the American Express Donation Site. If you are using the American Express site, please notify the Office of Institutional Advancement of your impending gift.

Q: How do I make a gift of stock?

A: There are two common methods of gifting securities to MacMurray College. The first is electronic transfer through which your broker can transfer shares directly to the College's brokerage account. Please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement for account details.

The other is physically mailing the paper certificates to the MacMurray College Office of Institutional Advancement. Either method is acceptable, but it is necessary for you to contact your broker to initiate the transfer.

If you have actual stock certificates to donate, please mail your unendorsed certificate(s) by registered mail to

MacMurray College
Office of Institutional Advancement
Attn: Director of Institutional Advancement
447 East College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Regardless of the method chosen to deliver a gift of stock, the donor needs to provide us some information about the gift for audit and acknowledgment purposes.

Call, send a letter, or send an email to communicate the information below at the time of transfer:

  • donor's full name and complete address;
  • name and number of securities transferred;
  • name of brokerage house used;
  • date of requested transfer;
  • specific gift designation.

Q: What is planned giving?

A: Planned gifts are deferred gifts. More and more people are finding that planned giving is a desirable way to effectively maximize support of their major charitable interests. For more information, please visit our Planned Giving website or direct any questions to the Office of Institutional Advancement at 217-479-7024.

Q: Are international donations accepted?

A: Yes. MacMurray College accepts both checks and credit cards from alumni and friends living internationally.

Q: Are donations tax-deductible in the United States?

A: Yes.

Q: Will I receive a receipt?

A: Anyone who donates a gift of any amount will receive a receipt from the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Q: What if I need a duplicate receipt?

A: Please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 217-479-7024, and we would be more than happy to assist in getting a duplicate receipt for you.

Q: How quickly will my donation be processed?

A: Donations are typically processed within a week of receipt.

Q: How does the corporate matching gift program work if my employer matches gifts?

A: It's easy! All you have to do is pick up a form from the personnel/human resources office of your employer. Once you have filled out the form and sent it to MacMurray College's Office of Institutional Advancement, we will take care of the rest. Matching gifts count toward all giving levels.

Q: Can I make a confidential donation?

A: Yes. Please let us know if you wish that your gift remain anonymous.

Q: Can I make a gift in honor or in memory of someone?

A: Yes. Making a gift in honor or memory of a special person or event is a lovely way to share your memory or story with the MacMurray family, while positively transforming the life of a current student here at Mac.

When you make your gift to MacMurray College, please include the name and address of the person you are celebrating. If the person is deceased, include the name and address of the family. When we receive your gift and accompanying notification information, we will send a memorial letter to the individual or his/her family telling them of your thoughtful gesture. No mention of the dollar amount of the gift will be made.

Q: Who determines how MacMurray College funds are used?

A: The donor, by specifying to which fund they wish for his/her donation to go. There are many funds to which you can apply your donation, with many individuals choosing to support academic departments, scholarship funds, or other causes. However, in most cases the donor elects to make an unrestricted gift. Unrestricted gifts benefit the College by allowing MacMurray flexibility in directing the gift to help students with worthy programs and improve the educational quality of the institution, where it is deemed the most needed.

IRS regulations stipulate that charitable contributions toward student organizations, where moneys are not regulated by the College, are no longer tax deductible. On behalf of MacMurray College students, your support over the years has been very much appreciated. MacMurray College welcomes your continued support of the General Organizations Fund as the College must continue to offset the funds needed to operate student organizations.

Q: Can I make a contribution in installments?

A: Yes. The most convenient way to give in installments is to provide the Office of Institutional Advancement with your credit/debit card information, and we will automatically process your gift monthly, quarterly, or however you'd prefer. It is fast, easy, and you don't have to worry about sending anything in or spending money on stamps.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 217-479-7024 or via email. You can also set up installments using our online giving form.

Q: What is an endowment fund?

A: A gift of at least $20,000 can establish an endowment, which is a fund that is invested to fund programs in perpetuity. The principal remains intact, and interest earned by the endowment is used to fund the designated programs or scholarships.

Q: If I still have questions, where should I direct them?

A: Please feel free to contact us. Thank you for supporting MacMurray College and Transforming Lives!