A: The mission of the development department is to raise awareness and raise funds for Rochester College.
A: Yes, Rochester College is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) corporation, and your gifts are tax deductible. All donors who itemize deductions on their federal tax return may claim a charitable deduction for the full amount of their gift.
A: A restricted gift specifies where a gift is to be used (Health and Life Science Center, a scholarship program, library, etc.).
A: An unrestricted gift allows Rochester College to use a gift where needed the most. Unless designated for specific purposes, all gifts are receipted as unrestricted gifts.
A: Some employers have a matching gift program that matches the dollar amount donated to Rochester College. More than 6,000 parent companies, subsidiaries, and corporate foundations currently match employee gifts to nonprofit organizations. If you are uncertain whether your company is a matching company, please contact the development office at 800.521-6010 or email Cathy Ries. Your donation could be worth twice as much!
A: The annual fund helps support the general operation of the college by providing funds for scholarships, library resources, technology, faculty and staff salaries, academic programs, and alumni activities.
A: Endowment is a collection of assets that provide interest revenue to an institution. Endowment may include assets, funds, or property donated to an institution.
A: Many endowed gifts are channeled into scholarship programs. Named endowed scholarship opportunities begin at $10,000. Scholarships can be designated to assist needy students, students with a particular major, or students who have excelled in academic, music, or athletic arenas.
A: As a private Christian college, Rochester College is not subsidized by the state or federal government.
A: Student tuition, fees, room, and board cover approximately 80 percent of the annual operational budget at Rochester College. Generous donors provide funding for the balance of the operating budget. Donors also fund capital projects and special initiatives for the college.
A: The State of Michigan provides a special tax incentive to Michigan residents who make donations to Michigan colleges and universities. The below information is provided for example only. Rochester College representatives do not claim to be experts in the Michigan tax code and all information is subject to eligibility requirements for C-8000C Credit for Small Businesses. Please consult your tax consultant to determine eligibility.
Michigan residents can claim a 50% tax credit for donations made to Rochester College. Those who file a Michigan joint return can claim up to $200, and those who file a Michigan individual return can claim up to $100. When a couple filing a joint return donates $400 or more to Rochester College, they reduce their total state tax liability by $200 with the tax credit.
Michigan residents who own a small business and file a Michigan Single Business Tax Return may claim a 50% tax credit for donations made to Rochester College. The credit may not exceed the smaller of $5,000 or 5% of the adjusted annual tax liability. A person with a single business adjusted state tax liability is $30,000 may donate $3,000 to Rochester College and take a $1,500 tax exemption. Such a person’s adjusted state tax liability would be $28,500.