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The Foundation is focused on growing resources and connections that will help us support students, build strong programs, and ultimately meet Middle Tennessee’s growing workforce needs. Whether you represent a foundation or corporation, own a local business, or simply want to make an impact in your community, there are unlimited and creative ways to support our mission and the students we serve.

Ways to Give

There are a number of ways gifts may be made to benefit the Nashville State Community College Foundation.



Recurring gifts are welcome and can be established through our online gift portal, linked above.

By Check 

Checks should be made payable to Nashville State Community College Foundation and mailed to the Foundation Office.

NSCC Foundation
120 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209 

When You Shop 

Did you know that some companies will automatically make a donation to the NSCC Foundation each time you shop with them?




Enroll your Kroger Plus card in the Kroger Community Rewards program by visiting their website and searching for “Nashville State Community College Foundation”; you can also use our organization number: GV949

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts are a type of corporate giving program that essentially doubles an employee’s initial donation to a nonprofit organization. If your or your spouse’s company has a matching gift program, please request a matching gift form from the company’s Human Resources Office and notify us following your gift. If the employer uses a matching gift site, please visit the company’s website after making your gift to request that the matching gift be made.

Making a Pledge 

In general, pledges must be paid by June 30. Pledges of $5,000 or more can be paid over 3-5 years. Contact Ryan Parker for more information.

Gifts In-Kind 

Charitable giving comes in many shapes and sizes, including gifts of personal property as well as time and service. 

  • Gifts of personal property

    • When you give the Foundation products, you are making a ‘gift in-kind.’ These gifts fall under special IRS rules and regulations, and the Foundation makes sure to follow these rigorously. For example, the IRS does not allow us to provide you with the dollar value of your in-kind gift. This does not mean that your gift has no value — on the contrary, your in-kind gift is important and appreciated! — but only you can put a price tag on these types of gifts. If you value an in-kind gift at $500 or more, you will have to submit IRS form 8283 with your tax return. For gifts you value over $5,000, the IRS also requires an independent third-party appraisal.

    • Contact Ryan Parker in the Foundation office if you would like to make an in-kind contribution to any of Nashville State’s programs or departments.

  • Gifts of Time and Service

    • While your time and your talent are invaluable to us, and we truly appreciate the volunteers who make our work possible, the IRS will not allow you to take a tax deduction for time or services.

    • For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Ryan Parker in the Foundation office.

Gifts of Stock 

If you would like to gift securities, please contact Cecily Freeman in the Foundation office to request transfer instructions.

Planned Gifts 

We hope you will consider including the Foundation in your estate or financial plans and help sustain our mission for generations to come. Whatever approach you choose, your gift will support student success at Nashville State. 

  • Bequests and Wills

    • The simplest way to make a planned gift is by naming the Nashville State Community College Foundation in your will. A bequest is a meaningful way to support our work without affecting your cash flow during your lifetime. Your attorney can include it when you prepare or revise your will or you can add a codicil at any time.

    • There are several types of bequests:

      • A specific bequest indicates the amount of cash, securities, or other asset you wish to leave to NSCC Foundation, or it can indicate a specific percentage of the total value of your estate.

      • A residuary bequest leaves the remaining portion of your estate (or a percentage of the total) after all other bequests have been satisfied.

      • You can make NSCC Foundation the recipient of a contingency bequest which takes into account the possibility of a change in your beneficiary’s circumstances.

  • Charitable Gift Annuities

    • A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between you and the Foundation. In exchange for your irrevocable gift of cash or securities, NSCC Foundation agrees to pay one or two annuitants whom you designate a fixed annuity for life, and you will be entitled to an income tax deduction in the year you make the gift.

  • Retirement Plans

    • You can contribute to the Foundation through your retirement plan. Certain retirement plans, including IRAs, 401k and 403b plans, allow you to defer paying taxes until you withdraw income during retirement. However, after your death these accounts are often exposed to significant taxes. Therefore, you might find it beneficial to contribute all or part of these funds to NSCC Foundation while leaving other assets to your heirs. Simply name the Foundation a beneficiary of your retirement plan. You will retain control of the plan during your lifetime, and you can change your beneficiary at any time if your circumstances change.

  • Charitable Trusts

    • A charitable trust is a way to achieve your current and long-term financial, estate, and philanthropic goals. A donor makes an irrevocable transfer of cash, stock, real estate, or other assets to a trust which produces income for the donor or other beneficiary for a fixed period of time of up to twenty years or until the donor or other beneficiary dies. At the conclusion of the trust period, the remaining principal assets will be distributed to NSCC Foundation.

      • Charitable trusts take two forms:

        • A charitable remainder trust allows you to designate the beneficiary of regular payouts from trust proceeds (for either a fixed dollar amount or a fixed percentage) during your lifetime or for a period of time, not to exceed twenty years. At the same time, the Foundation is designated a remainder beneficiary. This allows you to claim a tax deduction for the estimated portion of the assets that will ultimately go to NSCC Foundation upon death or the expiration of the fixed period.

        • Charitable lead trusts appeal to individuals who wish to make a gift but retain the property. These irrevocable trusts are, essentially, the reverse of charitable remainder trusts in that the payments from a charitable lead trust will first go to NSCC Foundation for a specific period of time, usually between ten and twenty years, after which time the principal of the trust will revert to you or to those you have designated.

  • Life Insurance Policies

    • The Foundation welcomes philanthropic support through gifts of life insurance policies when the policies are paid in full and NSCC Foundation is named as the owner and irrevocable beneficiary of the policy. You can name the Foundation as the primary or contingent beneficiary of an existing or new life insurance policy.

If you would like to discuss a planned gift, please contact Cecily Freeman in the Foundation office.

Employee Giving 

No one understands the complexity our students face in attempt to obtain a quality education better than you, our staff. Currently 13% of our employees actively participate in our Annual Campaign and we want to see that number grow! It’s not about the size of your gift, it’s about what we can accomplish together as a team! By giving to our campaign on an ongoing basis, you are moving us closer towards the College’s 2030 Vision by removing barriers and granting access for our students.

Together, we can accomplish so much. Please consider enrolling in payroll giving to ensure that our students have no barriers to the education they deserve. For more information, contact Ryan Parker.


Complete Employee Pledge Card 

Support the Campus Cupboard 

We are ALWAYS accepting donations of shelf stable, non-perishable food and personal care items for the Campus Cupboard. Interested in donating? Shop our Amazon Wish Lists, check the Needs List below for suggested items to donate, or make a monetary contribution here

Items purchased from our Amazon wish lists will ship directly to the Foundation offices for distribution among our pantry locations. Otherwise, donations can be dropped off at the NSCC Foundation offices, located in room H-120 of the Health & Humanities Building on NSCC’s White Bridge Road Campus. To make a donation drop-off appointment or if your group or organization would like to host a donation drive, please contact Ryan Parker.



  • We cannot accept perishable or opened food items  

  • We cannot accept used or opened kitchen supplies or personal care items

  • We cannot accept expired items


Would you like to volunteer in the Cupboard? Please contact: 

  • Ryan Parker for opportunities at the White Bridge Road and North Davidson Campuses

  • Connie Mathews for opportunities at the Southeast (Antioch) Campus

  • Carol Hines for opportunities at the Clarksville Campus

Donor Bill of Rights 

The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations. 

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights: 

  1. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.

  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

  6. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.


Adopted 1993 • Copyright AFP, AHP, CASE, Giving Institute 2015 • All rights reserved 

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