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Reach Out to Individuals

The Office of Advancement can help you build relationships with individuals who may want to financially support your program or project. Our staff, in particular, our Major Gift Officers, are experts in the process of identifying potential supporters and creating relationships that might lead to funding. While we may not have the capacity to fundraise for every project, coordinating your efforts through us will lead to the best results.




  • How do I identify people who are interested in donating money to my department/program?

Please start by checking with your department chair and/or academic dean, who can streamline requests and identify the current priorities of each unit. After this contact, the next step in the process is usually to meet one-on-one with an Advancement officer to discuss your project. You can find the  Office of Advancement at or 803-618-1328 ext 150.


  • I have someone in mind who might want to donate. Can I just ask them?

That is great news–congratulations! There are several steps required for each gift so that the donor and the department can receive the full benefits of donations. We can help walk you through this process and make sure it is seamless and positive for your donor. Please contact a gift officer before asking a potential donor for a specific gift.


  • If I know that someone has donated to my department/program before, can I contact them?

Once someone makes a donation to MU, the Office of Advancement makes sure they are stewarded – that they are properly thanked and receive the correct tax information and follow-up reports. Please contact the Office of Advancement prior to making contact.