Frequently Asked Questions about Annual Giving

Why should I support UNA?

Giving is a personal decision and each person who gives to UNA has their own answer to this question. In addition to your daily contributions of energy and effort, a financial contribution is a different and important way to demonstrate your investment in UNA and its students. The number of reasons for giving are diverse but all reflect a sincere belief in the work being done here at UNA. Ultimately, your participation in Faculty and Staff giving is a vote of confidence in the University and its future. Any gift you make will contribute to a sense of partnership and pride across campus … and beyond.

How much should I give?

You determine the size and designation of your gift according to your own charitable interests, your personal willingness to give, and your financial capacity. No gift is too small. It’s your participation in the effort that matters.

What can I give to?

You have many choices but we could not begin to list them all. Many donors choose to make an unrestricted gift, those not restricted for a specific purpose and therefore directed where the need is greatest. Unrestricted gifts also enable the University to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. Other donors choose to restrict their gifts to a specific department or program, while others might give to support technology improvements, the library, athletics, or one of the many scholarships that are available to UNA students.

How can I give?

There are many easy ways to make a gift to UNA. You can contact Laura Hamner, Coordinator of Annual Giving at or 256-765-5080 for information about making a gift via:

  • Payroll deduction
  • Check (payable to the UNA Foundation)
  • Credit card
  • Gift In-kind 
  • Planned gift
  • Bequest in your will
  • Isbell Scholars Program (please call for more information)

How does payroll deduction work?

Payroll deduction is one of the fastest, easiest and most convenient ways to make a gift. By completing the payroll deduction form, you specify the amount you would like automatically deducted from each paycheck, the start date, and where your support should be designated. The form will be available on the Faculty and Staff Giving website and will be emailed to all Faculty and Staff on a regular basis. If you need more information about this, please contact Laura Hamner at 256-765-5080.

Who will know about my gift?

Participation in the campaign is your choice. You will receive a receipt but the amount of your gift will remain confidential to others. If you wish to keep your gift entirely anonymous, you can indicate so on the UNA Pledge Form.

Can I make a gift jointly with my spouse?

Of course! A number of UNA employees have spouses who work here as well; or the spouse is an alum but not a UNA employee. It is your choice whether to make your gift as an individual or as a couple.