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Why Give to Fork Union Military Academy

Fork Union Military Academy can only exist because people like you care enough to support the school with your time, talents, and treasure. As a non-profit organization, we must rely on our donors to provide the financial support needed to carry out our mission.

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The Academy Fund

The first and greatest need of the Academy is to fund our operations each year. Tuition only provides part of the costs to operate the school. The rest of the money must come from our donors. Each year, part of our annual budget must be provided by our annual giving campaign to The Academy Fund.

Giving an annual gift to The Academy Fund is like putting money into the school's checking account. It ensures that your gift will have an immediate impact in helping Fork Union Military Academy meet its mission right now.

Our goal is to raise at least $500,000 for The Academy Fund before the end of the fiscal year (June 30th) to help support our annual expenses related to financial aid, staff salaries, and other educational and operational expenses.
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The Endowment

The strength and stability of any non-profit organization like Fork Union Military Academy rest on the bedrock of its endowment. An endowment is money that has been invested so that it generates income from interest or other earnings. This income can then be used to fund scholarships and programs while leaving the principal amount untouched to continue earning income.

An endowment is like a fruit tree orchard. The seeds of your donations are planted and trees added, which are carefully tended and preserved. As those trees increase and grow, they will produce more and more fruit each year that will sustain future generations for many decades into the future, in perpetuity.

While annual giving produces an immediate impact and benefit during a year, gifts to the endowment have a permanent and lasting impact, ensuring that the mission of Fork Union Military Academy can continue long into the future.

Fork Union Military Academy's endowment currently totals just over $20 million, and within the next few years, our goal is to grow our endowment to at least $50 million.

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Capital Improvements and Special Projects

The campus and facilities of Fork Union Military Academy are physical manifestations of our donors' generosity. Each building, athletic field, and laboratory exists because the Academy's many benefactors gave gifts to support their creation. Many of these facilities bear the name of their principal donor (the Estes Athletic Center, Jacobson Hall, Carruthers Tennis Courts, etc.) or are named in honor of someone special to the donor or the Academy. Some of these capital projects are large in scope, such as our $20 million barracks building, and some are small in size but have a large positive impact on our cadets, such as the Chain Computer Lab.

At any one time, Fork Union Military Academy might have a number of fundraising campaigns to support various capital improvements and special projects. There are many opportunities for donors to give to specific projects that are meaningful to them. Gifts to these projects produce a tangible result within a few years and can have an enduring impact on our campus and programs.
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Ways to Give

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs, some even matching dollar for dollar. You can perhaps double the impact of your donation just by asking your company to match your contribution. The guidelines and requirements for matching gifts can vary from company to company, but it is often an easy way to increase the impact of your gift.

Click here to see if your employer offers a matching gift program.

Combined Federal Campaign

Federal employees, contractors, and retirees can support Fork Union through the Combined Federal Campaign, with a one-time contribution or by making a gift through a payroll deduction so that a small amount given each pay period has the potential to add up to a more significant gift throughout the year. 

Learn more at Our CFC ID is #38807.

Recurring Gifts

It's easy to make a regularly recurring gift using our online giving form. Just select the checkbox for "Make this gift recurring" and select the schedule options that suit you. By making a monthly recurring gift to The Academy Fund, for example, you can help sustain the Academy throughout the year with a monthly amount that fits your budget.

For more information, contact Shannon Higginbotham in our Development Office at (434) 842-4370.

Planned/Estate Gifts

There are many ways to make a planned gift to the Academy or include Fork Union Military Academy in your estate planning. We can help you understand your options whether you want to make a bequest, set up a gift annuity, or even make Fork Union a beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

Contact Tim Redden in our Development Office at (434) 842-4374 for more information.

Gifts of Securities and Appreciated Assets

Making a gift of stocks, securities, and other appreciated assets can often provide a donor significant tax savings and help to avoid capital gains taxes, while still retaining some level of tax deductibility for your gift.

Contact Tim Redden in our Development Office at (434) 842-4374 for more information.

Cars4FUMA Donor Program

Fork Union has joined forces with Cars4NonProfits to offer another meaningful way to support the Academy. Whether it runs or not, you can turn your used vehicle into a generous contribution. It's fast, easy, and a great way to support the Academy!

Click here to get started, or to learn more about this exciting program!

Make a Gift Online Today

It is quick, simple, and secure to make a gift online to Fork Union Military Academy, and designate your gift to the purpose you wish, or make it as an unrestricted gift to be used where it is needed most.

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