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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

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Each year, gifts to the USC Joseph F. Rice School of Law provide crucial and immediate benefit to the school by funding scholarships, experiential learning opportunities, faculty research, and other strategic initiatives.

Invest in the School of Law

Your investment today shows your commitment to the future of legal education at South Carolina Law.

How to Donate

To mail your gift, print the gift form to include with your check or credit card details. Checks should be made payable to:

USC Foundations
School of Law
University of South Carolina
1525 Senate Street, Suite 253
Columbia, SC 29208

Monthly giving is an easy way to contribute and make a difference over time. For example, a gift of $83 per month over 12 months qualifies a donor to become a member of the Dean's Circle Giving Society. To begin your monthly giving, please complete and print the School of Law Gift Form and mail with your credit card information or check (made payable to USC Foundations) to the following address.

School of Law
University of South Carolina
1525 Senate Street, Suite 253
Columbia, SC 29208

Extended over a period of years, a pledge helps you make a larger gift than you might have thought possible. For example, a gift of $83 per month paid over five years amounts to a gift of $5,000. Contact us to learn more about setting up a pledge.

Electronic gift transfer deductions provide you with the opportunity to continually support the University of South Carolina. With your authorization, we will automatically debit your checking or savings account (on or about the 15th of each month) in the amount you designate. At all times, you will maintain control of this electronic process. Other important things to know about electronic funds transfers include:

  • Electronic gift transfers are established for continuous giving, and we cannot offer this method of giving for one-time gifts.
  • Once the authorization form is completed and returned with appropriate documentation, the first gift will be deducted within 30 to 45 days.
  • There is a minimum gift amount of $10 per month.
  • Notice to discontinue your electronic gift transfer will be effective 30 days after the Notification to Discontinue Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization form is received in our office.

Please complete the secured online Electronic Gift Transfer Authorization form

An endowment is an investment in the future of the School of Law. It is a designated fund that may or may not have a stated purpose at your request. The fund may be created through the donation of cash, marketable securities or other liquid assets. Endowed funds are typically intended to be held in perpetuity (forever), with the investment earning from those funds made available (at least in part) to spend in support of the purpose of the endowment.

What does it cost to create an endowment?

An endowment requires a minimum gift of $25,000. Named endowments or scholarships may establish a scholarship fund designated for a specific academic discipline or program with restrictions or preferences or academic and research programs, etc. Endowments may be funded over a time frame.

Many employers have matching gift programs that will increase your gift. Check to see if your company or organization (or your spouse’s organization) has a matching gift policy. Also, please contact your employer's matching gift coordinator and send the required forms along with your gift designating the UofSC School of Law.

A contribution of long-term appreciated securities, either publicly traded or from a closely held company, may provide greater tax advantages than a cash gift. You may deduct the current fair market value as a charitable gift and avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation. Contact us to learn more.

Invest in South Carolina Law with a strategy that meets your priorities and fund initiatives that are most important to you. Some of these vehicles include life insurance, charitable annuities and remainder trusts. These plans provide a return to you and your family for a specific duration of time with either the principle or interest given to the School of Law. Our development officers are available to work with you or your financial adviser to find the right plan for you. The Carolina Guardian Society recognizes donors of deferred 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 Law 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 Law 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 a an IRA, 401(k) or 403(b)
  • A gift of life insurance

If you have made such a commitment, please notify us of your plans and to be included in the society.

I felt it was important [to donate] because I benefited from the law school. I had a law school scholarship and it allowed me to make the most of my experience. I want to help others who want to go to law school – in particular at South Carolina.

Christy Tinnes '92, '93, '98
Christy Tinnes '92, '93, '98

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Office of Development
Joseph F. Rice School of Law | University of South Carolina
1525 Senate Street | Columbia, SC 29208
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