Frequently Asked Questions

What are the ways to pledge?

What form of compensation can I use?

Is my money safe?

Can I have a tax deduction for my pledge?

Is MSU Community Charitable Campaign a nonprofit organization?

Why is there a minimum pledge of $50 when I choose to donate to a specific charity?

How much of the money goes to the charity I choose?

What if I do not designate a charity for my pledge?

I already donated to MSU; do I have to donate to this campaign?

I do not live in the Tri-county community; should I still pledge?

I am limited on financial resources; do I have to pledge a huge amount?

Where do I obtain a pledge form?

How to I make a pledge online?

Can I give to my church through the MSU CCC campaign?

If I designate my gift to go to a particular United Way Participating Organization, who decides what program my gift supports?

I would prefer to pay on my pledge once a year in October or November. Can the Capital Area United Way bill me in October for my pledge?

 

What are the ways to pledge?

There are two ways for people to make a pledge:

  1. Employees can use the HR/Payroll system to fill out the electronic pledge form.
  2. Employees and Retirees can fill out a paper pledge form by downloading from Make A Pledge. 

 

What form of compensation can I use?

Employees can make their donation by payroll deduction; being billed by the United Way; or sending them cash, check or credit card payment.

Retirees can send cash, check or credit card payment.

 

Is my money safe?

To ensure that your money is safe, the United Way has put together a "Blue Ribbon Commission", which is a more controlled method over United Way's financials.

 

Can I have a tax deduction for my pledge?

You may have your pledge tax deducted. Those who are able to itemize their federal tax deductions can deduct all donations made through the United Way. That is because:

  1. The Capital Area United Way itself is a tax-exempt organization.
  2. MSU CCC requires that any organization you wish to support as part of the MSU CCC must be a 501 (c)(3) organization.

Everyone should consult with their tax consultant to be sure they are eligible of couse, but Capital Area United Way is a tax-deductible entity by state and federal regulations.

 

Is MSU Community Charitable Campaign a nonprofit organization?

The MSU Community Charitable Campaign is NOT an organization. It is a program of Michigan State University.

 

Why is there a minimum pledge of $50 when I choose to donate to a specific charity?

This link will help answer the question above.

 

How much of the money goes to the charity I choose?

Approximately 84.5% goes directly to the charities of your choice. Only a small percent (15.5%) stays with United Way to help offset cost.

 

What if I do not designate a charity for my pledge?

The United Way uses MSU CCC volunteers to determine which local charitable organizations receive the funds. The United Way is aware of the needs in the community and the organizations that take care of those needs.

 

The MSU Community Charitable Campaign is not part of the MSU Empower Extraordinary capital campaign. The MSU Community Charitable Campaign is a charitable part of MSU that directs its donations to any 501 (c) group in need of funding. Making a pledge to MSU CCC will help individuals or nonprofit organizations that are struggling in the Tri-county area.

 

I do not live in the Tri-county community; should I still pledge?

People who do not live in the Tri-county area are encouraged to donate to their local chapter of the United Way if they deem that a more responsible use of their donations.

 

I am limited on financial resources; do I have to pledge a huge amount?

For payroll deduction, the lowest you can pledge is $24. If you want to send in lower amounts, sending cash or check can be any amount.

 

Where do I obtain a pledge form?

You can download a pledge form from Make A Pledge page.

Mail the form:

Michigan State University

Community Charitable Campaign

Administration Bldg.

426 Auditorium Rd, Room 140

East Lansing, MI 48824

 

How to I make a pledge online?

Please go to MSU CCC Online Instruction Form page for assistance on making a pledge online.

 

Can I give to my church through the MSU CCC campaign?

You can donate to any non-profit organization. Money donated through the campaign and collected through payroll deduction is paid to the Capital Area United Way who then in-turn handles disbursement of monies donated to each organization. There is a small handling fee United Way deducts from donations to cover their overhead and campaign costs.

 

If I designate my gift to go to a particular United Way Participating Organization, who decides what program my gift supports?

The organization itself determines how to use those funds.

 

I would prefer to pay on my pledge once a year in October or November. Can the Capital Area United Way bill me in October for my pledge?

Yes. Just indicate on your pledge form under "Bill Me", in the "Other" option that you'd like to be billed in October.

 

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