Fund for Oneonta

What is the Fund for Oneonta?

Each year, SUNY Oneonta students and the Alumni Association rely on the generosity of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends to provide flexible and immediate annual support through contributions to the Fund for Oneonta.

Gifts to the Fund for Oneonta support student scholarships, student-faculty research, library acquisitions, professional development and networking opportunities for alumni and students, programs that enhance the cultural and intellectual climate on campus, and events that connect  alumni throughout the United States.

Fund for Oneonta gifts come in all sizes.  Your enthusiasm, demonstrated through your giving, sends an important message to others.  And, it provides tremendous advantages to SUNY Oneonta students – advantages that will last a lifetime.

Even a small gift to the Fund for Oneonta can pay big dividends.

How can I make my gift to the Fund for Oneonta?


You can make a gift online by clicking the "Donta" button above. This is a secure and convenient way to make your gift.


For all gifts; please make checks payable to SUNY College at Oneonta Foundation. Checks may be sent to: SUNY College at Oneonta Foundation, 308 Netzer Administration Building, Oneonta, NY 13820.

By Phone

Call the Advancement Office at 607-436-2535 to make a credit card gift by phone.

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

You can transfer your gift from your checking account on a recurring basis, such as a monthly gift, or as a one-time gift. Please contact Michael Sullivan at for more information.

Payroll Deduction

All SUNY employees can make their gift to the College by having it deducted through their paycheck. To start making your gifts through payroll deduction, or to adjust the gifts that you are making through payroll deduction, simply print this form and send it to our office.

How do matching gifts work?

You may be able to increase the impact of your gift through your employer’s matching gift program.  To explore if you work for a matching gift company visit our matching gift page or contact Karen Munson, Coordinator of Donor Relations at

What are some other options for giving?

Appreciated Stock and Mutual Funds 

Contributing appreciated stock and mutual funds is a way to make a significant gift while saving capital gains and income taxes. You can specify either a certain number of shares or a dollar amount. If you are interested in making a gift of stock or mutual funds, please contact Michael Sullivan at for more information.

Planned Gifts

If you are interested in making a gift through a bequest, charitable trust, charitable gift annuity, life insurance, retirement plan, or other planned gift, you can find more information on our gift planning page. You can also e-mail Ellen Blaisdell, Director of Gift Planning,

Real Estate

A residence, vacation home, farm, acreage, or vacant lot may have appreciated in value over the years and selling it outright could result in a sizeable capital gains tax. By giving such property to the College you can support your interests and benefit from considerable tax savings.

SUNY Oneonta’s Giving Societies

Presidential Society ~$25,000 and above

Since its founding in 1889, a number of visionary and enlightened individuals have led the College and prepared students and faculty to excel in their work.  The Presidential Society, SUNY Oneonta’s pinnacle annual giving society, recognizes those individuals whose devotion and generosity enables the College to continue to excel today. 

Leadership Society

SUNY Oneonta thrives today because individuals with great passion and commitment to the    College—and the education it provides—have positioned the College for success throughout its proud history.  The Leadership Society recognizes those individuals who, through their gifts and commitments, provide life-changing opportunities for SUNY Oneonta’s students and for the future of the College. 

Leadership Society Levels

$1,000 - $4,999

$5,000 - $9,999


Loyalty Society

Annual gifts from our loyal donors help SUNY Oneonta unite excellence in teaching, scholarship, civic engagement, and stewardship to create a student-centered learning community.  The support of the College’s Advocates, Friends, and Partners helps provide our students with the full and rich liberal arts education for which SUNY Oneonta is known.

Loyalty Society Levels

$100 - $249

$250 - $499

$500 - $999 

Pillars Consecutive Giving Society

In 1889, students first passed through the pillars of Old Main, a tradition that continues at SUNY Oneonta today.  Pillars Society members, individuals who have made gifts for three or more consecutive years, play a critical role in supporting and preserving the traditions of our College. 

Netzer Planned Giving Society

Named after the late College President Royal Netzer and his wife Clara, this society recognizes individuals who, like the Netzers, have named the College at Oneonta Foundation in their will or estate plan. Through their thoughtful planning, members of this society create a legacy that lasts forever.