Giving Levels

The University of South Carolina Aiken appreciates the generous support of alumni, faculty, staff, and community friends at all levels of giving. The various giving societies are based on your total annual giving to the University.  For a donation of $500 or more, you are considered a Very Important Partner (VIP) of the University and will be USC Aiken’s special guest at selected events, receive information and invitations to additional gatherings including the Watering Hole at home basketball games, have library check out privileges, and be eligible to join the Wellness Center and the Natatorium for an additional fee. The following gift plans are suggested for those who desire a guide for giving:

Pickens-Salley Circle ($100,000 +)

Chancellor's Cabinet ($25,000 - $99,999)

Banksia Founders Society ($10,000 - $24,999)

Gregg-Graniteville Circle ($5,000 - $9,999)

1961 Society ($1,961)

Pacer Spirit Society ($1,000 - $4,999) 

Penland Partners ($500 - $999) VIP Level

Pacesetters ($1 - $499)


Gifts are accepted for the annual fund by cash, check, or credit card. The gift is considered made on the date it is hand-delivered or a check is mailed (postmark on envelope). Checks should be made payable to the Aiken Partnership.

A contribution on a credit card can be deducted when the charge is made.

You can make your gift to USC Aiken online through the USC Aiken Online Giving site! Our website accepts all major credit cards including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.  You may also designate your gift to specific areas at USC Aiken, and you can give in memory or in honor of someone. 

After entering your gift amount on the first page, be sure "Aiken" is listed under your gift designation on the second page.  Thank you in advance for your support!

USC Aiken giving button


Thousands of organizations have programs to match employee gifts either in whole or in part. In some cases, gifts from spouses, directors and retired employees are matched. We urge you to explore this possibility as it may double or, in some cases, triple your gift. Ask your employer about their matching gift program or check with our office to see if your company is listed as a matching gift company.

Learn more about Matching Gifts


The USC Aiken Development staff is dedicated to making your giving experience a meaningful and individualized one. 

Please contact us for more information on gifts of appreciated assets, closely-held stock, real property, and planned giving. The Legacy Society at USC Aiken entrusts that your planned gift through bequests, life insurance, gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, and IRA distributions will help secure the USC Aiken legacy.