Make a Gift

With your help, Bluefield State can focus on student success—offering a high-quality, career-oriented education tailored to tomorrow’s job markets.

Find out more about ways to donate to Bluefield State, including "Taking the Shott Challenge" by visiting our Online Giving page. 

Online Giving

We rely on gifts from individuals and businesses to help us continue our strong tradition of nurturing resilient students. The State of West Virginia funds about a quarter of Bluefield State’s budget, and tuition and grants support approximately 40% of our programs and operations.

Gifts made to the Bluefield State College Foundation are used to build:

  • Scholarships
  • Faculty and staff development
  • Academic programs
  • Student travel opportunities
  • Campus activities
  • Alumni relations
  • Capital improvements

Ways to Give

Bequest 

The simplest and most common way to make an estate gift is through a bequest. Donors need not rewrite their wills to include Bluefield State College as a beneficiary; it can be accomplished through an addendum called a codicil.

Gifts in Kind 

Physical items intended for use in educational or research programs, are an excellent way for businesses to contribute. Individuals also can donate personal property and should obtain a third-party appraisal for tax purposes.

Real Estate

Gifts of real estate require investigation of marketability, mortgages or liens and environmental concerns prior to acceptance. Such gifts can be of great value to Bluefield State College. They can be made as outright gifts, as a will bequest or as a living trust, where the donor retains all the rights of ownership in his or her lifetime.

Life Insurance

The gift of a lifetime, donors can name the Foundation as a beneficiary, or they can transfer ownership of universal or whole life insurance policies to the Foundation to receive a significant tax benefit while the donor is living.

Retirement Plans

A donor can name the Foundation as a beneficiary of retirement plans such as individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Keogh plans, and 401(k) plans. These are highly taxed assets, and giving them to a nonprofit can be beneficial to heirs receiving the remaining assets. Recent Federal legislation permits donors to roll over up to $100,000 from an IRA directly to a qualifying charity such as Bluefield State College Foundation without recognizing the assets transferred as income during their lifetimes.


If you prefer to make a gift by check, please make it payable to Bluefield State College Foundation, Inc., and mail to 219 Rock Street, Bluefield, WV 24701. For more information, call (304) 327-4031.