About Advancement Services

About Advancement Services

Advancement Services within the Office of University Advancement exists to ensure donor funds are handled with care to meet the needs of our University. We process monetary gifts, pledges, stock gifts, and gifts-in-kind received from donors and alumni. Upon confirmation of receipt in Columbia, the office prepares acknowledgement letters and gift receipts to mail to donors, and when necessary, creates and includes VIP cards and Alumni cards. If a gift is made in “Memory” or "Honor" of an individual, we will create a letter to mail out to the family or honoree.

The Advancement Services Office maintains the budget for unrestricted funds within the Aiken Partnership and prepares financial reports for the Aiken Partnership Board of Directors. The office is responsible for verifying the quarterly Revenue and Expense reports received from USC Columbia to reconcile all account balances. The Coordinator of Gift Accounting serves as the primary staff member on scholarship database development and disbursement. For more information on scholarships under the Aiken Partnership, please visit the Spirit of Giving website.

One of the ways we provide service to the campus is in assisting campus offices in utilizing funds designated for their use within the Aiken Partnership. It is our responsibility to process all transactions concerning Aiken Partnership accounts including preparing check requests and deposits, transferring funds, and organizing and batching related documents.


Contact Judy Waters, Coordinator of Gift Accounting