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Payroll Deduction FAQ

What is the Count Me In! Campaign?
The campaign provides a philanthropic opportunity for our faculty and staff to make a gift to Duquesne. Collectively, our gifts will have an immediate impact on the transformative experiences of our students. This year, for the first time, faculty and staff can make a gift to Duquesne by signing up for payroll deduction as part of the annual benefits open enrollment process.

When will faculty and staff be asked to make a gift?
While gifts from faculty and staff are welcome throughout the year, Count Me In! will take place during the annual benefits open enrollment, April 17-May 25.

Why is faculty and staff giving so important to Duquesne University?
Most of us support causes we believe in-our places of worship, health care and medical research, the arts, youth groups, and scores of other worthy causes. As you become involved in Duquesne and develop a belief in the mission of the University, your financial support is another way you can make a difference. A high rate of faculty and staff participation sends a clear message of unity, faith and confidence to alumni, friends and organizations considering gifts to Duquesne.

Is my gift to Duquesne tax deductible?
Yes, gifts made to Duquesne through the Count Me In! Campaign are tax deductible and you will receive your acknowledgement for tax purposes based on your 2017 calendar year giving in January 2018.

How is the Count Me In! Faculty and Staff Campaign different from the United Way?
Faculty and staff gifts to Duquesne as part of Count Me In! are tax-deductible contributions that can be designated to any area of the University. Participants in the campaign will also be counted among the thousands of alumni, parents, and friends who are annual donors. Gifts made to Duquesne programs through the United Way campaign are also tax-deductible, but you are limited in the areas of the University that you can support and you are not considered a Duquesne donor.

Where can I designate my gift?
You may choose to make your gift unrestricted to The Duquesne Fund or designate to any of our schools, scholarships, Gumberg Library, Spiritan Campus Ministry, or Athletics. You may choose to direct your gift to other designations as well, and can specify those within the open enrollment process.

How much of my gift will actually go to the areas I select?
100%!

How does payroll deduction work?
Payroll deduction is fast, easy and convenient. Through the Benefits open enrollment process, you can specify the amount to be automatically deducted from each pay and where you would like your gift to be designated. Your gift goes to work right away for our students!

When will my payroll deduction begin?
The amount you select per pay will begin to be deducted from your paycheck on July 7, 2017 and the last deduction will be made on June 22, 2018.

Is there a minimum for payroll deduction?
You can make a difference for as little as $2 per paycheck...or you may allocate more. It's your choice, based on your own personal priorities and circumstances.

What difference could a small gift make?
If every full-time employee contributed just the minimum $2 per pay, Duquesne students would immediately benefit from more than $80,300 in additional support. The cumulative effect of many gifts-of all sizes-from our faculty and staff makes a real and measurable difference.

What if my spouse works for a matching gift company?
Gifts to Duquesne are matched by many companies, effectively doubling or even tripling their value. Visit duq.edu/matching-gifts to see if your spouse's employer participates and if so, you should obtain the matching gift form from your spouse's employer and send your completed paperwork to Melissa Keebler, Office of Annual Giving.

Are faculty and staff donors eligible for recognition by Duquesne's donor societies?
Yes! There are several donor societies. Contact Melissa Keebler for details.

Are there other ways to make a gift?
Payroll deduction is strongly encouraged, but if you prefer, you may make a one-time gift with a check or credit card.

Who can I contact for more information?
If you have questions, please contact Melissa Keebler, Office of Annual Giving, 412.396.2358, keeblerm@duq.edu.