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What is annual giving?
Annual giving is a common description for gifts that are made during CMU's fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). They can be designated for any purpose that you choose, though some of the most common are critical needs such as student financial aid, research and the university's Carnegie Mellon Fund, which is used wherever it's most needed.

If I give online, is my information secure? 
Carnegie Mellon University takes web security very seriously. When you visit our giving form online, you'll see "imodules.secure" in your web browser's address bar. We work with a third-party platform, iModules Software, Inc., to ensure that your credit card and other information is secure.

Why is my annual gift important?
Annual gifts are the lifeblood of the university. Since tuition only covers about two-thirds of the cost of a CMU education, annual gifts help bridge the gap. In addition, annual gifts made by undergraduate alumni help raise the alumni giving participation rate – which impacts the university’s rankings. Learn more »

Can I choose where my money is spent? 
Yes, the choice is yours! If you're giving online, just select the designation(s) that you'd like. If you're giving over the phone or via a check, just be sure to be specific about the program, school or fund you wish to support.

How many consecutive years have I given?
Contact us at 412-268-2021 or annual-giving@andrew.cmu.edu and we'll get you an answer straight away.

Am I a Loyal Scot?
Visit our Loyal Scot site to see if you meet the criteria. Or, just contact us at 1-800-266-8258 or loyal-scot@andrew.cmu.edu

What is the Carnegie Mellon Fund?
The Carnegie Mellon Fund is the university’s general unrestricted fund. Gifts to this specific fund are used wherever the need is greatest.

Is the Carnegie Mellon Fund the same as the Annual Fund?
The short answer is no. The long answer is that the Annual Fund is actually a collection of funds, including the Carnegie Mellon Fund. If you want more detail, just give us a call at 412-268-2021 and we'll be happy to go into it in more detail.

How do I know if my company will match my gift?
Easy. Just enter the name of your company in our matching gift look-up.

Do company matching gifts count toward donor recognition?
Yes. For example, your gift of $50 matched with $50 from your company affords you recognition at the $100 level. 

How much should I give?
Give whatever you are comfortable giving. We really can't stress that enough. But please give every year. And remember, any amount makes an impact. 

I'd like to establish a scholarship. What do I do?
You can create an Andrew Carnegie Society Legacy Scholarship with a gift of $10,000 (payable over four years). Or create a more permanent scholarship that will forever benefit students at CMU. Contact us at 412-268-2021 or annual-giving@andrew.cmu.edu and we'll connect you with the appropriate person.

Where should I direct my gift?
The choice is yours. If you have questions, please contact us at 412-268-2021 or annual-giving@andrew.cmu.edu.

What is Carnegie Mellon’s fiscal year? Why is it important?
CMU’s fiscal year, that is, our accounting year, runs from July 1 – June 30. We ask for and count gifts during this time frame.

What is the endowment?
Check out our information about the endowment. Or contact us at 412-268-2021 or annual-giving@andrew.cmu.edu and we'll be happy to discuss the ins and outs of endowment, expendable and other fancy financial terms.

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