Annual Giving Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make a gift?

You can make a gift to the College via the following methods:

  1. Online at www.spelman.edu/makeagift or via the “Make a Gift” button on the right of this page.
  2. Mail: Make checks payable to Spelman College and send to 350 Spelman Lane, Box 1551, Atlanta, GA 30314
  3. In person: Visit the Office of Annual Giving on the 2nd floor of Rockefeller Hall

How much should I give?

We encourage alumnae to make meaningful and thoughtful contributions to the College based on their individual capacity. If you are unsure, we suggest a gift that represents your class year ($20.16, $200.16, or $2,000.16) or increments of 1881 to honor the year of our founding ($18.81, $188.81, $1881.00). The monthly gift calculator is a great tool for selecting an auto-pay option that helps you meet your giving goal.

How will my gift be counted?

Your gift will be counted for the current fiscal year (July 1, 2016—June 30, 2017). You may designate your gift to an existing scholarship fund or to the annual fund. You may also make your gift in honor or in memory of another person by adding that information in the “comments” section when making a gift online.

What do gifts to the annual fund support?

Gifts to the annual fund support the College’s area of greatest need. Last year 92% of alumnae made a gift to the annual fund.

Why should I contribute to Spelman College when there are many worthy causes in need of support?

Spelman takes pride in the fact that our alumnae are deeply involved in and support a wide range of causes and organizations. Given the role that Spelman College has played in shaping our values and success, as well as the collective impact of the College’s work in the world, Spelman deserves our support. A gift to Spelman has broad impact on society. It leverages the College’s unique ability to educate women leaders and to develop ideas and initiatives that effect substantial change around the globe. For Spelman to continue its work, it relies on support from those who know the institution and its value best – alumnae.

How can I create a scholarship for Spelman students?

There are specific criteria that an individual or group must meet to establish an annual or endowed scholarship. Please contact the Office of Donor Relations at donor-relations@spelman.edu or call 404-270-5051 for more information.

How do I get a True Blue Necklace?

True Blue necklaces are awarded to alumnae with 5 years or more of consecutive giving to the College. The annual distribution of necklaces occurs in the Fall of each year. If you have not received your necklace, please direct inquires to donor-relations@spelman.edu.

Why is alumnae participation important?

Alumnae participation reflects the number of alumnae that give – not the total amount of the gifts. Alumnae gifts are extremely important to the College. It is used in determining national rankings (including U.S. News and World Report) and as a factor in funding consideration from corporations, foundations and government grants. The underlying concept of alumnae participation rests on the fact that alumnae Annual Fund supporters are thought to possess a high degree of satisfaction with their college experience and desire to enhance that experience for current and future students.

Can I support Spelman by receiving a matching gift from my employer?

Yes! Employee matches can double or even triple the impact of your contribution. When you make your gift, notify your employer of your contribution to begin the match process. You may contact Liane Sewell at lsewell@spelman.edu for more information about employee match contributions.

I don’t see my name on the donor roll, but I made a gift. What should I do?

The current donor roll lists alumnae donors for this fiscal year (July 1, 2016—June 30, 2017). If your name is missing, please email annualfund@spelman.edu.

I would like to increase my giving. What are my options?

Many alumnae enroll in our Recurring Credit Card or Electronic Funds Transfer payment program to increase their giving over time. Visit the monthly gift calculator to find out the monthly payment schedule you will need to follow to meet your giving goals. You may also speak with a staff person at 866-512-1690 to create an individual giving plan that meets your needs.

Is my gift to the College tax deductible?

Yes, all contributions to Spelman College are tax deductible.