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    The Big Give FAQ

    WHAT IS SAMFORD’S BIG GIVE? 

    Samford’s Big Give is a 36-hour fundraising event, also known as crowd-funding, that is powered by email, social media and online giving. It provides alumni, parents, friends and employees of the university an opportunity to make a gift to their favorite Samford school, program or scholarship. 

    This year, Samford’s Big Give features 13 projects from multiple areas of campus, including academics and athletics. Each project has a local or global community impact beyond the gates of campus. New this year are projects for Daniel House, Facilities Management, Office of Spiritual Life, and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. 

    WHEN IS SAMFORD’S BIG GIVE? 

    The third annual Big Give begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 29, and concludes at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

    WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN SAMFORD’S BIG GIVE? 

    From improving facilities on campus and abroad to impacting international medical missions and empowering students through once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, participating in the 2015 Big Give is an easy, fun, exciting way to positively impact our local and global communities, creating a better Samford and a better world. 

    When you participate in Samford’s Big Give, you also: 

    • Demonstrate how members of the Samford family come together to make BIG things happen in a short amount of time. 
    • Preserve and enhance the experience you had at Samford and ensure it is available for many years to come.
    • Make sure the value of your degree increases over time; as Samford becomes more well-known and respected, so too does your degree. 

    Additionally, you can share your Big Give participation on social media to raise awareness and influence others to support Samford’s Big Give. 

    HOW DO I MAKE MY GIFT? 

    You can make your gift easily and securely via credit or debit card at www.samford.edu/giving. Credit and debit card gifts can also be made over the phone by calling the Office of University Advancement at 1-877-SU-ALUMS or 205-726-2807. 

    If you prefer to donate via cash or check, gifts may be delivered in person to the third floor of Samford Hall between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on May 29-30. 

    CAN I SEND MY GIFT BY U.S. MAIL? 

    Due to the short timeframe of this campaign, only gifts made online, over the phone or in person will be counted toward the Big Give. 

    If you prefer to give via U.S. Mail, you may still send a donation to support the project of your choice. While your gift will not count toward the total dollars raised as part of the Big Give, it will still play an important role in helping Samford meet its overall fundraising goals. 

    CAN I CHOOSE WHAT MY GIFT SUPPORTS?

    If you would like to support an initiative other than one of the featured projects, simply list the name of the school, program or scholarship in the textbox labeled “Other” on the online giving form. 

    WILL GIFTS FROM FACULTY AND STAFF COUNT TOWARD THE BIG GIVE?

    Yes! All gifts received between 9 a.m. on Friday, May 29, and 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, will count toward Samford’s Big Give. 

    WILL 100% OF MY GIFT GO TO THE PROJECT I SUPPORT? 

    Yes! One hundred percent of your contribution will go toward the gift designation area of your choice. You will receive a charitable gift receipt via U.S. Mail in the weeks following your donation.

    IS MY CONTRIBUTION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE? 

    Yes! One hundred percent of your donation is tax-deductible as allowable by law. 

    HOW CAN I TELL MY FRIENDS ABOUT SAMFORD’S BIG GIVE? 

    You can help spread the word by going to Share It and posting or tweeting our suggested content. You can also create your own Facebook, Twitter and Instagram content using #SUBigGive.