Ways to Give

There are a number of different ways to support the Empire State University Foundation.

The Fund for Empire State University

A little goes a long way at SUNY Empire State University. When you make a gift to the university, you join the thousands of alumni, employees and friends who support The Fund for Empire State University each year. All of those gifts add up in a big way.

Sustaining Giving

Sustaining giving allows you to make a single commitment that repeats on a schedule you decide.

Employee Giving

Giving is a personal decision and our individual reasons for contributing are many. But we have at least one common purpose – to support the reason we’re all here – the students. As faculty and staff members, we have the privilege of working closely with students. Gifts from employees are an investment in our students.

Endowed and Restricted Funds

Endowed funds are invested to provide income in perpetuity. Each year a portion of the income generated from the principal is released to be used for the specific purpose for which the fund was established. Typically, endowed funds provide money for student scholarships, professional development, and faculty research.

Estate and Planned Giving

Providing a planned gift could be as simple as including SUNY Empire in your will. Or consider a variety of investment strategies. Learn more.

If you are ready to begin your will today, you can take advantage of our FreeWill alumni benefit - a free, online tool to guide you through the process of creating your will today. It takes about 20 minutes to complete and makes it easy for you to include a lasting legacy with SUNY Empire. Create your will today!

If you have already included a gift to SUNY Empire in your will, please complete this form to let us know about your gift intentions.

Recognition Societies

The university is grateful to all of our supporters; we are pleased to acknowledge these individuals and organizations through membership in various societies.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities including stocks can be one of the most advantageous ways of giving - by transferring these assets directly to SUNY Empire State University you may be able to deduct the full fair market value and bypass all capital gains taxes.

Qualified Charitable Distributions

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs), also known as IRA Charitable Rollovers, are the savviest way for individuals age 70½ or older to use their IRAs to maximize their charitable impact.

How to Give

Your support will fund needed scholarships, academic programs, faculty research, and technological enhancements to benefit our students. Employee Giving can be made through automatic payroll contributions, recurring monthly giving, one-time online gifts, or sending a check via mail.


We are always happy to hear from alumni, students and other friends of the university.

For general inquiries, dial extension 2248.
Our fax number is (518) 580-0700.