Impact of Giving
Your Giving Counts
Private support is the driving force that enables FSU to move forward. The impact of private giving can be seen in nearly every area of the University. Each gift carries with it the power to change a student’s life.
Examples of the Impact
- The Neighborhood Investment Program serves low-income West Virginia citizens by encouraging contributions to community-based nonprofit programs. In 2012-13, the Fairmont State Foundation was allotted $102,515 in West Virginia state tax credits by the West Virginia Development Office to offer as an incentive to our donors. With a minimum contribution of $1,000, donors and businesses are eligible to receive a state tax credit of 50% of the amount of the gift. In 8 years of participation in the program, the Fairmont State Foundation has raised nearly $1.2 million of scholarship assistance for the neediest students.
- A recent bequest, from an alumnus of Fairmont State, totaling $730,000, will provide life-changing opportunities for Fairmont State University students. With this endowment, students will have access to scholarship funds, decreasing the out-of-pocket cost of their education.
- Contributions to the Open Source Intelligence Exchange (OSIX) at Fairmont State, an arm of the University’s National Security and Intelligence Program, allowed students to work with faculty mentors to engage in intelligence gathering from open sources to identify and access national security and law enforcement threats. OSIX students-analysts gain valuable hands-on experience as they work on real intelligence products for real consumers.
- A family endowment, to honor their mother (and graduate of FSU) was established for a senior undergraduate student in any major who is conducting research, independent study or a comparable project with an FSU faculty mentor.
- A gift was given to develop a “Video-Theatre Room” in the Feaster Center to benefit all FSU athletic teams, and specifically the Men’s and Women’s basketball programs, for game plan development, team meetings, scouting and study.
- To honor an officer who lost his life in the line of duty, a community continues to raise money to provide financial assistance to a student enrolled in the Criminal Justice program.
The Fairmont State Foundation is grateful to our many donors and benefactors who's gifts provide such a positive impact on the lives of FSU students and campus.