How to Give

Cash  Gifts

The easiest gift to value for tax purposes (i.e., checks, cash, credit cards).


Gifts that directly offset Athletic Department expenses and are accepted on a limited basis.  All gifts-in-kind must be pre-approved.

Appreciated Assets

Securities, including stocks and bonds, may be used to make a gift to The Bulldog Club, often with a minimal amount of out-of-pocket cost. Click here to download instructions on how to make a gift of stock.

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer to match their employees’ gifts to athletic scholarship organizations.  All matching gifts to benefit athletics must be made payable through the MSU Foundation.  Contact your human resources office as policies affecting qualifying gifts vary.  A company reserves the right to change their gift policy at any time.

Planned Giving Opportunities

Several options exist for donors to make gifts to the Bulldog Club outside of cash donations. Often, deferred gifts qualify you for an income tax deduction and preferential capital gains tax treatment. Irrevocable deferred gifts will be recognized by the Bulldog Club in an individual’s cumulative giving priority points total. However, for a planned gift to receive Bulldog Club credit the gift must be irrevocable and the donor must make their planned gift to the MSU Foundation for the benefit of the Bulldog Club.

Click on the link provided to see the Explanation of Bulldog Club Priority Points Allotment for Irrevocable Deferred Gifts.

Gifts of Real Estate:

Gifts of real estate may be made to the Bulldog Club as part of the Bulldog Properties and Bulldog Forest program through the MSU Foundation. Such gifts are eligible for priority point credit once the gift is received by the Bulldog Club.

Charitable Remainder Trust:

You may fund the trust with cash or appreciated assets and receive income for your life and the life of a loved one after the donated asset is sold by the trust. Again, all capital gains taxes are avoided on the sale. You receive a partial income tax deduction based on your age and the amount of income you receive from the trust. Further, the trust assets are removed from your estate.

Bequests/Living Trusts:

You may include the Bulldog Club in your will or living trust by giving a dollar amount, a percentage of the estate, or the residuary (what is left after specified bequests are made). Download a bequest commitment form here.

IRA/Retirement Assets:

You may make the Bulldog Club the full or partial beneficiary of an IRA or other tax-advantaged retirement plan and avoid income taxes which might be charged to the estate based on its account value.

Charitable Gift Annuity:

If you’d like to support the Bulldog Club and receive steady payments during your retirement years, a charitable gift annuity may be right for you. Through a simple contract, you agree to make a donation of cash, stock or other assets to the Mississippi State University Foundation. In return, you (and someone else, if you choose) receive a fixed amount each year for the rest of your lifetime, as well as a charitable income tax deduction in the year the gift is made. When the annuity terminates, the remaining assets are earmarked to support the Bulldog Club.

More detailed information on planned gifts is available through the MSU Foundation’s website.