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Ways to Give to Geneseo

1. Online

Complete your gift on the College's secure server.

2. By Phone

Call 585-245-5518 to make a gift over the phone with a credit card. You may also set up monthly deductions.

3. By Mail

Checks payable to "The Geneseo Foundation," sent to:

The Geneseo Foundation
Doty Hall
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Gifts from alumni, parents and friends of the College provide a vital source of support for Geneseo. For public colleges like ours, financial pressures have been compounded by falling governmental financial support. The onset of the 2008 recession brought an end to earlier growth in state and local tax support. Geneseo is justifiably proud of our reputation. The lack of sufficient private support to enroll the most strongly qualified students will quickly erode that reputation. Your gift allows you to play a significant role in keeping your College’s rich history and enviable position among the nation’s foremost public liberal arts college alive and well.

The Geneseo Foundation, Inc. is the designated 501 (c) 3 organization for charitable gifts supporting the SUNY Geneseo. All contributions must be reported through the Foundation. Gifts should be sent directly to the Foundation rather than the academic or other units on campus. Check with your tax advisor since gifts to the Geneseo Foundation may qualify for a tax deduction.

Other Ways to Give

Gift icon Amazon Smile

Donate when you shop Amazon! Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser. From your desktop, go to Your Account and select YourAmazonSmile. Select Geneseo Foundation, Inc. as your charity. Thank you for supporting students and programs at Geneseo each time you shop at AmazonSmile!

Gift icon Annual Giving

An annual gift is a donation to the College (of any amount) made within a fiscal year. The value created by your Annual Fund gift is immediate. Unrestricted annual gifts are applied to the greatest need of the College. They provide income that is put to work immediately and benefits every person and program at Geneseo. When you make an Annual Fund gift you make a difference in the lives of talented and deserving students because you support their opportunities to excel. The 1871 Leadership Society recognizes the College’s most generous annual supporters. 

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Matching Gifts

More than 7,700 companies, subsidiaries and corporate foundations match their employees' gift to charitable organizations. In this way, it's possible to double, sometimes even triple, the value of your gift. If you support Geneseo, please ask if your employer matches charitable donations. If you are not sure if your company will match your gift, visit this link to search online.

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 Endowed Gifts

Gifts that establish permanent, endowed funds to support student financial aid, academic programs, faculty positions, or new curricular and extracurricular programming are crucial to the college’s immediate success and long-term growth. The value of an endowment gift is the income it will produce, and when wisely invested, it grows more potent with time, making a difference in the lives of Geneseo students today and for generations to come. Visit our endowment page for more information on creating an endowment at Geneseo.

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 Leadership Giving

The 1871 Leadership Society recognizes the College’s most generous supporters whose financial contributions demonstrate the highest level of commitment at Geneseo. Members of Geneseo’s 1871 Leadership Society set an example for all alumni, students, parents and friends. With a minimum annual gift of $500 ($250 for alums 10 years out or fewer), members are able to support what they care about most at Geneseo. Members earn special recognition for their dedication.

Gift icon Payroll Deduction for SUNY Geneseo Employees

Geneseo faculty and staff are some of our most valued supporters. Making a gift to Geneseo is now easier than ever. As a campus employee, you can quickly and safely make a contribution using our secure online service. If you prefer, you can fill out the payroll deduction form and send it to us. Thank you for your generosity. 

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 Planned Giving

The MacVittie Legacy Society was founded in 1999 to recognize alumni, parents and friends of Geneseo who had the foresight and generous spirit to make a planned gift to the College. Planned gifts to Geneseo take many forms, including designating Geneseo a beneficiary in your will, creating an endowment, or donating appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual fund shares. Throughout the years, estate gifts have contributed substantially to Geneseo’s success and have providing much-needed funds for scholarship aid, faculty support and improved academic services. Today, testamentary gifts from alumni, parents and other friends help assure Geneseo’s continued strength and standing among the nation’s leading colleges. Please explore our planned giving page to discover the many ways you can make Geneseo’s future part of your personal legacy .

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 Gifts of Securities, Mutual Fund & Stock Shares

Gifts of long-term appreciated securities and mutual fund shares may be deducted on your tax statement at fair market value on the date of the transfer to the college. Learn more about donating stocks and securities to Geneseo.

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 Recurring Gifts

Recurring gifts enable you to provide consistent annual or monthly support for Geneseo by credit card. Your gift is divided into manageable increments, which allows you to maximize the impact of your giving to the College while avoiding a large, one-time expense. And once you've set up your gift, you won’t receive any more solicitations for the remainder of the year. To set up a recurring gift, please call 585-245-5518. Monthly Giving may also allow you to make your yearly contribution at a leadership level because your gift is divided into manageable monthly increments. Please consider joining the 1871 Leadership Society.

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 Life Income Gifts

Charitable Gift Annuities, and Charitable Trusts allow donors to retain an income interest in their gifts while supporting the college at a level greater than might otherwise be possible. Benefits usually include increased annual income, income- and estate-tax deductions, and avoidance of capital gain. Please explore our website to discover the many ways you can make Geneseo’s future part of your personal legacy.

Contact Us

If you'd like to learn more about making a planned gift, or have questions about the different ways you can support Geneseo, we welcome your confidential inquiry. We sincerely thank you for your interest in supporting Geneseo. Phone: (585) 245-5518 Email: The Geneseo Foundation accepts a variety of payment methods for pledges and gifts. This includes cash and checks; VISA, MasterCard, Discover and wire transfers. If making a wire transfer, please contact the Director of Advancement Services Lynn Myers at or 585-245-5477 for instructions. Checks should be made payable to the Geneseo Foundation, and mailed to:

The Geneseo Foundation
Doty Hall, SUNY Geneseo
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454