Frequently Asked Questions
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I can only afford to make a small gift, will it still make a difference?
Every gift made to CBU does make a difference in a student's life. All donations go toward improving the educational experience at CBU whether that's scholarships or improvement to facilities. Every gift is also important because we believe so deeply in our mission to help students live out their God-given purpose in life that we desire people who share this passion to have a way to advance this mission through philanthropy.
- Will my company match my gift?
Many companies offer employees, and sometimes spouses and retirees, a matching-gift benefit that doubles or triples their donations to higher education. Companies have various methods by which you can submit your matching-gift request: online forms or paper forms that you submit to CBU. Please visit your human resources office to learn more about matching-gift donations. Go to our Matching Gifts page to view a complete list of corporations participating in a matching-gift program.
- Can I give to my favorite department or program?
Absolutely! The designation of your gift rests entirely in your hands. If you know the name of the department or program, simply indicate it in the memo space on your check or in the comments section of the online giving page. The CBU gift processing staff will ensure your contribution reaches the proper area. If you need guidance in designating a gift, our staff and development officers are happy to provide information about CBU's greatest needs at a university level and department or college level.
- Can I make a gift for buildings or facilities?
Yes. Private donations help with the construction and renovation of buildings and facilities throughout campus. One of our development officers can direct you toward the current building or maintenance projects that need additional support. Another great way to improve campus facilities is to make a contribution to a department or college for equipment or supplies needed in that discipline, whether for a lab or instructional equipment.
- Can I make a pledge of support?
Yes. Gift pledges to CBU can be paid in monthly, quarterly or even annual installments after an initial payment. You may contact our advancement services department to set up a pledge payment at (951) 343-4506 or email@example.com.
- Can I make a gift in honor or memory of someone?
Absolutely. Many donors contribute funds to honor a loved one or special individual. If you would like to make your gift in honor or memory of another person, or if you wish to give in another's name, just let us know the details. If a gift is made in memory of someone who has passed away, CBU will notify his or her family of any gifts made in tribute. If a gift is made in honor of someone's life or career, they will be notified of any gifts unless the donor requests anonymity. The CBU staff is happy to carry out your wishes.
- What is the difference between restricted and unrestricted gifts?
Unrestricted gifts provide a funding source for CBU that is not limited to a specific program, college or department. These gifts are used where most needed throughout the institution, including resources to recruit top faculty, create scholarship programs and internship opportunities and enhance the overall academic life of the campus. On the other hand, restricted gifts are earmarked for specific purposes chosen by the donor, such as an endowed scholarship or professorship, program or building. Although both unrestricted and restricted gifts are welcome, unrestricted gifts are of critical importance because they allow the university to provide funding in the areas of greatest need to meet unexpected challenges, take advantage of unique opportunities and meet the many budget challenges of the current higher education environment.
- Are all gifts tax deductible?
California Baptist University is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all gifts are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
- How do I get tax credit for my charitable deduction?
As soon as CBU receives your gift, we place it in the designated fund. At the same time, the gift processing staff generates a gift receipt mailed to you for tax purposes generally within the same week. If you do not receive a formal acknowledgement within three weeks, please contact the gift processing department at (951) 343-4805. Please consult your tax attorney or financial advisor for tax advice.
- Is there someone with whom I can discuss my interest in giving to CBU?
The staff of California Baptist University is knowledgeable, discreet and happy to assist you in any way possible. In addition, many CBU colleges, schools and departments have development officers who work closely with donors to unite donors and university passions and priorities to achieve excellence. Please contact a development officer in your area of interest for more information about giving opportunities or call our main office at (951) 343-4355.