Frequently Asked Questions
Angelo State University changes lives and, in turn, advances West Texas. ASU has long prepared students to be responsible citizens and to have productive careers, which also benefits San Angelo and the Concho Valley. Over a typical academic year, the average student spends $13,454 (2009 estimate) beyond tuition and fees. With an ambitious goal to grow to 10,000 students by 2020, ASU will also continue to have a tremendous economic impact on the entire region.
Why $35 million?
A comprehensive internal study was conducted to prioritize the needs that this campaign will address. The university identified key projects, particularly in the area of teacher education, agriculture and nursing, which total $35 million and are in need of donor support.
There has never been a more important time for private support of ASU. Many university presidents joke that public institutions like ASU have gone from state-supported to state-assisted to just state-located. During the past six years, ASU’s operating budget has decreased from 70 percent state-funded to 51 percent state-funded. With the current prospect that our state support will be lessened an additional 5 percent to 15 percent, donors will play a critical role in determining if we secure the future we envision to prepare more educators, nurses and other leaders for West Texas and beyond.
Our time is now. During the past three years, we have demonstrated growth and received national recognition as a university. Please help us maintain our momentum by investing in the future of our institution.
What are the priorities for this fundraising campaign?
- Raise $35 million
- Increase awareness that ASU is actively seeking gifts
- Strengthen the nursing, agriculture and teacher education programs
- Increase the number of documented planned gifts
- Increase the number of first-time investors
Can donors request how their gifts are to be used?
Donors may support one of the funding priorities of the campaign, support a particular scholarship or academic program, or provide faculty support. Unrestricted funding is also equally important as it allows funds to be directed to the areas of greatest need.
How can I contribute to the areas of greatest need?
Unrestricted Gifts: These undesignated gifts are vital to the university because they enable funding to go directly to the areas of greatest need. These gifts enable ASU to continue providing student scholarship awards; assisting our military students and their families; supporting faculty development; and encouraging program enhancement and research. They also allow the university to continue its rapid academic growth in teacher education, agriculture and nursing.
How can someone make a gift to the campaign?
Gifts can be made in cash, stock and/or other assets or through an individual’s estate. ASU also offers charitable gift annuities. Donors can make gifts online. Bequest intentions can also be counted if donors can provide ASU a copy of their will.
Do campaign gifts need to be paid at once?
Pledges for gifts of more than $10,000 can be paid over a five-year period.
Are campaign gifts tax-deductible?
Yes. Contributions to the Campaign for Angelo State University are tax-deductible in accordance with federal standards. We provide authorized tax receipts for tax-recording purposes. All checks should be made payable to the Angelo State University Foundation.
How will donors be recognized?
Throughout the campaign and beyond, we will be diligent and energetic in our efforts to ensure all donors have a positive giving experience. Naming opportunities are available. Please note that donors also have the option of remaining anonymous.
Does my gift count in the campaign?
All gifts received from Sept. 1, 2005, through the present day count toward the campaign goal. This includes gifts of any amount to the President’s Circle, Annual Fund, Campus Campaign (faculty/staff), Alumni Association, Athletic Foundation, FAME, Friends of the Library, ASU and the ASU Foundation.
For more information, please contact the Office of Development.