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School of Music

How to Give

Leave your legacy at the School of Music and invest in the students of tomorrow with an endowed or planned gift. These gifts help ensure the music keeps playing at the School of Music for years to come. 

Ways To Give

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Give Online

Making your gift online is a convenient and secure option that also helps reduce gift processing costs, which means more of the money raised goes where it is needed most. 

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Give By Mail

Make checks payable to the USC Educational Foundation - School of Music and mail to:

Attn: Caroline Earp 
USC School of Music 
813 Assembly Street 
Columbia, SC  29208

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Give By Phone

To give by phone, please call 1-877-349-2106

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Matching Gifts

Your gift makes double the impact if your employer offers a match. To find out if your company has a matching gifts policy, check the university's matching gifts database or contact your benefits administrator.

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Miulti-Year Pledge

Extended over a period of years, a pledge helps you make a larger gift than you might have thought impossible. For example, a gift of $83 per month paid over five years amounts to a gift of $5,000. If you are interested in setting up a pledge, please contact Audra Vaz at or 803-777-9732.



An endowment is an investment in the future of the School of Music. Endowed funds are held in perpetuity within the School of Music and are usually created as a namesake legacy of a donor, family member or colleague. Endowments leave an indelible mark on the future of the School of Music while honoring someone’s life forever. An endowment may be established with donations of cash, marketable securities, liquid assets, or through estate planning. The invested principal of an endowment provides the spendable portion used for scholarships or other donor-directed uses. The current return is presently 4.25% after six quarters of investment.

How can I establish an endowment?
At the University of South Carolina, an endowment may be established with a minimum gift of $25,000. Named endowments may be establish a scholarship fund, a specific academic discipline, or program within the School of Music with the criteria set by the donor in consultation with the School. Endowments may be funded over an extended timeframe through a multi-year pledge.

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Planned Gifts

Planned gifts, such as bequests, life-insurance gifts, gifts of real estate, annuities and irrevocable trusts enable you to support the ensemble or program of your choice through your estate plan. These gifts help ensure a future for the School of Music and grant you recognition into the Carolina Guardian Society.

Join the Carolina Guardian Society
The Carolina Guardian Society recognizes donors of planned gifts. To qualify for membership, donors must make a commitment, confirmed in writing and subject to certain restrictions, that includes one of the following:

  • A bequest in a will or revocable trust
  • A life income gift that names the University of South Carolina, the School of Music, or one of its affiliated foundations as a remainder beneficiary, such as a charitable remainder trust or a charitable gift annuity
  • A charitable lead trust that provides income to the University of South Carolina, the School of Music, or one of its affiliated foundations for your lifetime or a term of years
  • A gift or assignment of qualified retirement plan assets, such as an IRA, 401(k) or 403(b)
  • A gift of life insurance 


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