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The Transformation of West Virginia Starts Here

With operations in every one of West Virginia’s 55 counties, WVU Extension Service is uniquely positioned to help improve lives and livelihoods throughout our state. We’ve been doing just that for more than a century through well-established programs, such as farm management, health, safety, family well-being and youth development. Now, as a new era of opportunity dawns for our state, WVU Extension Service is ready to embrace 21st-century innovations and pathways to advance West Virginia's economy and quality of life.

Even though a majority of funding comes from federal, state, and local government appropriations or through grants, private and in-kind giving helps us extend our reach into communities and provides access to supplies, transportation, increasing capacity, and implements programs that otherwise would not be feasible. 

Give to WVU Extension

Why Give

We seek your support for new and expanded Extension programs that attack opioid misuse and other entrenched health problems. We will invest in technology that allows us to reach more West Virginia communities — technology that will position more residents to participate in our evolving economy. We will grow our community development programs to encompass more career opportunities and emerging industries. Through 4-H and other youth educational programming, such as Energy Express, we will make sure that today’s young West Virginians are ready to be tomorrow’s leaders and to flourish in careers ranging from STEM fields to business.

Read Other Extension Stories of Why Donors Give

Ways to Give

Support Statewide or Your Local Office/Program

WVU Extension supports the lives of West Virginians in a variety of ways – if you’ve been touched by a particular program, you can make a gift to directly support those efforts. To enable the Extension's overall work and ability to respond in particular times of need (like floods or pandemics), please consider a gift to the Extension Greatest Needs Fund (2U104)

Donations can be made directly to any Extension office in person, by mail or online through one of the specific funds below. All 55 counties have a fund designated for their greatest needs.

Browse special areas of need that you can support, and you may designate your gift to support a specific county program or any part of the WVU community. Your generosity at this particular time will make an immense impact.

List of WVU Extension Funds  Search for Gift Matching Policies & Procedures

Memorial & Tribute Gifts

Commemorative gifts are a thoughtful way to honor or memorialize a loved one while supporting a cause you believe in.  Your memorial gift can establish an endowment, renew a scholarship, or help fund other projects. 

Contact Extension Development to Discuss a Gift

Gifts In Kind and Marketable Securities

Members of our community can donate gifts of their time, talent, and treasure to WVU Extension.   Gifts in kind include donations of property other than cash and marketable securities such as works of supplies, equipment, furnishings, automobiles, software and licensing. 

Pro-Bono services can also be a gift in kind, such as a nurse's time volunteering at a 4-H camp or a contractor's time helping a county repair.  Please fill out the form below to receive more information from the Extension Development office and receive your charitable gift receipt.

A gift in kind requires an official transfer of ownership of property from the donor to the West Virginia University Foundation. The IRS requires the donor to determine the fair market value of the gift for individual, foundation, or corporate tax reporting purposes. The Foundation will issue a gift in kind receipt consisting of a simple description of the donated property. The Foundation will recognize the donor for the value of the gift without referencing or receipting a specific dollar amount.

Gifts in kind that have a fair market value of more than $5,000 require the completion of IRS Form 8283. Acceptance of a gift in kind is made by officials at WVU. 

Gifts of items with no related use will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for acceptance.

Gift In Kind Information Request Form

Major Gifts

If you are interested in making a significant contribution or creating a long-lasting impact to an Extension program, we can establish a fund, endowment, or endowed scholarship in your name or in honor of a loved one. Minimum gifts depend on the purpose of the fund. Contact the Extension Development team today for more information

Our staff is very knowledgeable about our funding priorities and can work with you to craft a gift opportunity that will help the state and be something you can be proud to support.  We can also provide information on the various gift vehicles you may wish to consider in making this investment, knowing that consultation with your financial advisor is always recommended.

Contact Extension Development to Discuss a Gift

Planned Giving

Combine your philanthropic and financial plans through one or more of the following opportunities:

  • Give through your will.
  • Name us as a beneficiary to your retirement assets or your life insurance policy.
  • Enter into a charitable or deferred gift annuity.
  • Set up a retained life estate.
  • Establish a charitable lead trust or charitable remainder annuity trust.

Sample language for your will is below, we ask that you notify our office when plans have been made:

”I give to the West Virginia University Foundati on, Inc. (FEIN 55-6017181), a non-profit, charitable educational corporation in Morgantown, West Virginia the sum of $_____________ or, ______ percent of my estate, or all the rest, remainder and residue of my estate to support _________ .”

  • Financial benefits to see my gifts in action  during your lifetime:
    • Obtaining an income tax deduction.
    • Eliminating or reducing capital gains tax.
    • Giving without affecting disposable income.
  • Financial benefits to leave a legacy and benefit our mission  after your lifetime:

    • Receiving regular payments for yourself, spouse or a loved one.
    • Retaining flexibility and control of your assets.
    • Saving on estate taxes.
    • Obtaining an income tax deduction.

Contact Lauren Seiler for More Information About Planned Giving