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HACC Foundation

Making a Donation

Why should we give to HACC?

Please visit the Why We Give section of our website for more information.

Doesn't tuition cover the operating costs of the College?

While tuition does contribute to the operating funds for the College, HACC would not be able to operate on tuition income alone. Pennsylvania originally designed its community colleges to operate with one-third of funding provided by tuition, one-third provided by the local school district and one-third provided by the state. In recent years, state and local funding has decreased dramatically. To keep tuition affordable for our students, the College relies on other sources of funding, such as donations from individuals and organizations, to support its operations and ultimately our students. To learn more about the Community College Act of 1963, please visit the Pennsylvania General Assembly website. To learn more about HACC’s tuition and fee structure, please visit our Paying for School webpage.

How will I know what happens to my donation?

The HACC Foundation provides information about the campaign progress via newsletters, news releases and special reports. Also, donors who establish funds will receive detailed reports twice a year.

Can I give in installments? Do I have to give all at once?

You can give in installments for up to four years. Our Monetary Contribution Form provides additional information on giving in installments.

Will the HACC Foundation accept multiyear pledges?

Yes! Multiyear pledges (up to four years) enable donors to make more significant investments than might be possible with one-time cash gifts and realize optimal tax savings in each year that a pledge payment is made. The pledge option also provides investors more time to create endowed funds that will leave a permanent legacy.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, the HACC Foundation is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions given to the HACC Foundation are tax deductible.

Will the HACC Foundation continue to charge an administrative fee?

Yes. For more information, please visit the administrative fee section of the HACC Foundation’s website.

Can I donate in honor or in memory of someone?

Yes, you can. You can note this on your Monetary Contribution Form or through an online donation at www.hacc.edu/givenow.

How will my donation be recognized?

Donors are recognized in a variety of ways, including during special events and through "Your Gift at Work" reports. All donors will also be recognized in the HACC Foundation's Annual Report. If you wish for your gift to remain anonymous, the HACC Foundation will honor your wishes. Donor names will be listed by giving ranges, and specific gift amounts will not be included. Please see our current donor honor roll here.

How can I include the College in my will?

HACC welcomes bequests. Please work with your estate planning professional to include HACC in your will. For your convenience, we have sample bequest language (pdf) that you may choose to use.

Where should I direct my gift?

All gifts should be made payable to the HACC Foundation and mailed to the HACC Foundation, P.O. Box 8915, Lancaster, PA 17604-9966. We will direct the contributions, per your request, to the particular opportunity you wish to support. For online giving, please visit www.hacc.edu/givenow.

Will you advise me on legal and tax issues connected to my gift?

The HACC Foundation cannot provide legal or tax advice. We recommend consulting an attorney with any legal questions. For tax questions, we recommend consulting with an attorney, a certified public accountant or any other qualified financial consultant.

What are donor-advised funds?

A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is a philanthropic vehicle established at a public charity (e.g., United Way). It allows donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit and then recommend distributions to other charitable organizations from the fund over time. Please be advised that any sponsorship or contribution that provides goods and services cannot be paid through donor-advised funds, such as United Way.

Please note that this information is tentative and subject to change and that all circumstances are different. This information is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for purposes of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed on any taxpayer. Please consult your attorney or financial adviser for more information. Thank you. Source: The International Rescue Committee. (February 2014). Acceptance of contributions of Donor Advised Funds. Retrieved from http://www.rescue.org/acceptance-contributions-donor-advised-funds

Can my donation be returned or refunded?

Charitable contributions made to the HACC Foundation are nonrefundable. By making a charitable gift to the HACC Foundation, the donor understands that charitable donations are not refundable.

Can my donation be anonymous?

Yes. Please contact us at foundation@hacc.edu if you would like your gift to remain anonymous.