Frequently Asked Questions
Please continue reading below to find answers to common questions about giving to Lawrence Tech. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, use our contact form and someone from the Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement team would be happy to assist you. Thank you for your interest in investing in the future of LTU students!
As a private university, we do not receive the same subsidies that public universities do from the State of Michigan. Therefore, our only sources of revenue are student enrollment and philanthropy. The cost of a college education continues to rise nationally, as institutions try to keep up with evolving technologies and student needs. The only way to avoid passing these increased costs onto students and their families is by raising funds from alumni, corporations and foundations, faculty and staff, and other friends of the university.
What matters most to us is the number of donors that support our mission. The value of a gift is in the spirit in which it is made, not the amount. What constitutes a “significant” gift is relative to each individual, but every donation is a vote of confidence in the mission and values of Lawrence Technological University.
When alumni give back to their alma mater, it signals that they value their degree and believe the institution is worth supporting. This factors into national rankings such as U.S. News & World Report, and the Princeton Review. When these rankings increase, it raises the profile of your university and makes the degree you’ve already earned that much more valuable and marketable!
The Blue Devil experience is about much more than just going to class. Additional donations support the programs, facilities, and services that benefit all students when tuition dollars “run out”. The annual fund, for example, supports the university’s most immediate needs—everything from keeping the lights on to attracting the best faculty to providing student scholarships.
While LTU makes every possible effort to implement cost-savings measures and prevent tuition increases, the university simply cannot continue to grow and evolve—to remain competitive and provide degrees employers find valuable—without additional support.
Together, we can build a better LTU without passing the burden onto students. You can help break the cycle of mounting student loan debt and ensure future generations don’t have to face the same challenges that you may have endured.
Your gift to any area on campus is appreciated by the LTU community. To support LTU’s top priorities, we hope you will consider designating your gift to the LTU Scholarship Fund or the Emergency Scholarships for Future Innovators Fund. Your gift to one of these funds will help meet the demands of increased enrollment and make an LTU education more accessible for every student.
If you’re still not sure where you’d like to allocate your gift, we encourage you to contact us.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for, select “Other” from the Designations section and type the fund you are looking for in the open text box. We will locate the fund you are looking for.
Yes, giving on Lawrence Technological University’s website is always secure (note the “https” before the URL on each of our giving pages). Payment information is not stored, except in the case of recurring gift sign-ups.
Yes, you will receive a gift receipt for every transaction. If making your gift online, your receipt will be included in the email notifying you that your payment has been processed successfully. If making your gift via a check and sending by U.S. mail, you will receive a receipt in the mail.
If you receive a gift receipt with inaccurate information, please contact Advancement Services at email@example.com or 248.204.2308. We will issue a new gift receipt immediately.
We do offer recurring giving options. Donors have the option to schedule payments monthly or quarterly using our online giving site. Unless we are notified otherwise, payments will continue until your commitment has been filled or your card expires or changes. You will receive an email notification from LTU if a payment fails to process due to a credit card problem. Please contact us if you would like to cancel or reschedule an upcoming payment. If you need to update your credit card information, please call us directly at 248.204.2308—never send this information via unsecured e-mail.
Many corporations sponsor matching gift contributions made to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations. Corporate matching gifts provide the opportunity to double (and sometimes even triple) gifts to LTU, and some companies also match gifts made by spouses and retirees.
To learn if your company is a matching gift please visit our Matching Gift searchable database webpage to search for your company, and/or check with your Human Resources department.
You do have the option to make your gift as an anonymous donor. Be sure to check the box labeled “I would like this gift to remain anonymous” when making your gift online. You will still receive a gift receipt for tax purposes.
We do offer memorial or tribute gift options. When making your gift via our online form, you will have the opportunity to make your gift a tribute to someone special. Please remember to include the name and address if you would like us to notify someone of your tribute.
All gifts received via U.S. mail must be postmarked by December 31 to count for the current tax year. Online gifts must be completed by midnight central time on December 31. Stock transfers must be fully executed by December 31.
Our fiscal year runs July 1 through June 30.
Faculty and Staff Campaign FAQ
One of the best ways to give back is through payroll deductions and you can quickly and easily sign up using our online form. You can also give back by credit/debit card or EFT via the online giving page. Or, you can choose to download and print a gift form PDF and return it via campus mail to Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement with your cash gift, check made payable to Lawrence Technological University, or payroll deduction authorization.
The amount you give is completely up to you. You decide the size of your gift according to your own interests, your willingness to give, and your financial capacity. No gift is too small. It is your participation in the campaign that matters most, and small gifts add up to make a big difference!
While every fund is critical and every gift appreciated, we kindly ask you to support our featured fund, the Emergency Scholarships for Future Innovators Fund. This scholarship fund will help students who are currently struggling to pay for their education. With your assistance, they can complete their degrees and make their professional dreams come true as the innovative, workforce-ready leaders of the future. For questions about your options, contact Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. Be sure to specify the amount and designation for each gift when using the convenient online giving form. If using the standard gift form PDF , also available online, be sure to indicate the areas to which each gift should go and the amounts of each gift.
Lawrence Tech is a 501(c)(3) organization as defined by the IRS. Charitable gifts to Lawrence Tech are eligible to be deducted on your federal taxes. Please consult your professional advisor for details regarding how gift deductibility might affect your specific tax situation.