Employee Giving FAQ


Why should I give to UVU?

  • Your gift will support students and help fulfill UVU’s mission of providing exceptional care when you give to scholarship, program, or building funds.
  • It's an easy way to show your support of UVU as an institution and as an employer.
  • Research shows that giving increases your overall happiness.

How can I donate?

The quickest and easiest method is via payroll deduction. You can set up or change your payroll deduction by visiting our Employee Payroll Deduction Form. You can also make a one-time or recurring gift by visiting our donation page. If you prefer to give via check or cash, please contact Vicky Hopper at 801-863-5426 or [email protected].

What is the minimum amount I can donate?

The minimum amount for payroll deduction is $1 per paycheck and $10 for credit card donations.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes. All donations are processed through the Utah Valley University Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please keep the official receipt received for your tax records. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine if your gift is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.

When will I receive my receipt?

  • For one-time gifts, you will receive an email receipt right away. Please keep this for your records.
  • For payroll deductions, you will receive a receipt in January for all gifts made during the previous calendar year.

How is donating different than giving to the Goodwill Association?

The Goodwill Association provides an opportunity to create a culture of exceptional care by contributing a non-charitable $0.50 per paycheck. Funds are used to send well wishes and floral baskets for various reasons to UVU employees. To learn more about this program, click here.

Does my donation qualify for a matching gift?

Interested in increasing your impact by possibly doubling or tripling your donation? Even though UVU does not offer a matching gift program, many employers will match retiree's or a spouse's charitable contributions and/or volunteer hours. To find out if a company you have connections with offers a matching gift program, please click the button below. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form and submit it to [email protected]. We’ll do the rest.


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What are the advantages of payroll deduction?

Payroll deduction is fast and easy. A payroll deduction of just $5 per paycheck adds up to a $120 contribution by the end of the year. If every employee on campus gave just $5 per paycheck, it would equal nearly half of a million dollars for the University to use for scholarships, program development and building construction.

What if I don't want to give through payroll deduction?

One-time or recurring gifts are also appreciated and simple to do on our donation page. If you prefer to donate via check, stocks, property, using a Donor Advised Fund, or utilizing an IRA rollover, please contact Vicky Hopper at 801-863-5426 or [email protected].

Can part-time employees donate using payroll deduction?

Part-time employees may sign up for payroll deduction. If there is a pay period in which you did not receive a paycheck, no donations will be processed. Your usual donation amount will be deducted from your next paycheck. Donations will not be deducted “in arrears” in a cumulative amount.

If I set up payroll deduction, when is the money taken out?

Once you have completed the form, the amount you specified will be deducted from each paycheck.  A charitable receipt will be mailed out in January to use for tax purposes.  It may take one or two paychecks for a new deduction or change in deduction to take effect due to the payroll processing cycle and when your Employee Payroll Deduction Form is received by the Payroll Office. You will then receive a receipt in January for all donations made through this method.

How long will my payroll deduction last?

Payroll deductions will last until you revisit the Employee Payroll Deduction Form and choose a different option.

How do I change my payroll deduction?

Visit the Employee Payroll Deduction Form. Choose "terminate my current donation and replace it with a new donation" or "keep my existing donation and add an additional donation." Fill out the form as normal.

How do I cancel my payroll deduction?

Visit the Employee Payroll Deduction Form. Choose "terminate my current donation." Fill out the form as normal.

What's the best way to leave a legacy on campus?

Gift Planning

Many people choose a long-term approach to giving using a bequest, will, annuity, or trust. The tax benefits vary depending on the type of gift chosen. Different gift types allow you access to your funds in case you need them, as your donation will take place after you have passed on.  If you are interested please visit us at www.uvgift.org.

Presidential Scholar Commemorative Bench

You may also leave a physical imprint on campus by naming a UVU bench. A named bench can also be used to honor the accomplishments of individuals or organizations or can be designated in memoriam of a loved one, professor, colleague, friend, etc. Your gift to the Presidential Commemorative Bench project will FOREVER improve the campus landscape and help support the academic success of a UVU Presidential Scholar. For more information click here.

Can I donate to a community charity using payroll deduction?

Payroll deduction can be established to support United Way and/or Community Health Charities by clicking here. To make a one-time credit card donation or to find out more about how these charities benefit Utah County click here.

Is there a way I can contribute that won’t put a dent in my pocketbook?


Yes! Purchases on your Amazon account can help fund scholarships at UVU – at no additional cost to you! Simply shop on Amazon Smile or set Amazon smile as the default program in your Amazon app. Make sure to choose Utah Valley University or Utah Valley University Foundation as your preferred charity. Amazon then donates 0.5 percent of qualified purchases to the Utah Valley University General Scholarship Fund. The items you shop for have the same prices on Amazon and Amazon Smile — so donating to a great cause costs you nothing! Please note that only purchases made on smile.amazon.com count toward scholarships.

Shopping on Amazon Smile will put a smile on your face, knowing that as you make your regular purchases you are also helping UVU students succeed. Set up your account today!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to make a difference by sharing your time and talent on campus and in the community. We invite you to check out each opportunity below:

  • Alumni Association: If you want to participate in writing the UVU story, there are many opportunities to volunteer your time and talent. By volunteering for the UVU Alumni Association, you are giving back to UVU. No matter your expertise, we have a volunteer opportunity for you.
  • Wolverine ConnectAre you a UVU alum? Wolverine Connect is a network that connects Wolverine alumni with current students to offer mentoring and coaching – anytime, anywhere, and for anything! Give back by using your time and talent through quick, bite-sized coaching sessions. For more information, please contact Alumni Relations at 801-863-8179 or visit uvualumni.org.
  • Alumni Job Shadow: The UVU Alumni Job Shadow Program is an opportunity for students to spend part of a day in-person or virtually with UVU alumni at their place of business. Students can connect with alumni working in careers they are interested in pursuing after graduation.
  • Day of Caring: This volunteer event occurs every year in conjunction with United Way. UVU students, faculty and members of the community participate in various service projects around the county. We invite you to join us each year as we work collaboratively to make our community a better place.
  • Valley United Against Hunger: Occurs during the month of November and benefits the UVU pantry and Utah County residents though both monetary and food donations. We invite you to contribute to assist students who may be experiencing food insecurity. For more information, please contact the UVU Center for Social Impact at 801-863-8786 or [email protected].
  • PACE: UVU’s Professional Association of Campus Employees (PACE) is always looking for energetic individuals to become involved in many different capacities. We invite you to find out how you can participate and help unify and support UVU staff.


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Other Ways to Give

Every gift is meaningful and appreciated. You are welcome to make a donation of any size to support our students. If you'd like to create a legacy, please consider signing up for a monthly recurring gift that will have a lasting impact on future students and educators. Together, we uplift, provide exceptional care, and inspire students to be their very best.

For more information on ways to establish a legacy gift, such as through a will, bequest, trust, annuity, or IRA rollover, please visit uvgift.org.

If you prefer to donate via check, please make checks payable to UVU Foundation and mail to the address below. Please list area you would like to donoate to in the memo field.

UVU Foundation
800 W University Pkwy MS 111
Orem, UT 84058

UVU employees are welcome to sign up for payroll deduction using the Employee Giving form.

Payroll Deduction Disclaimers:

If your form is missing any required information or conflicts with previously authorized deductions it may delay the initiation of the authorized deduction.

When initiating a new deduction or changing a deduction, it may not take effect on your next paycheck due to the payroll processing cycle and when your Employee Payroll Deduction Form is received by the Payroll Office.

When terminating a deduction, it may still be taken from your next check depending on the payroll processing cycle and when your Employee Payroll Deduction Form is received by the Payroll Office.

You authorize the Payroll Office to deduct any and all balances you owe the University from pay due to you at termination of employment with the University.

It is your responsibility to ensure all payroll deductions are taken correctly. UVU is not responsible for the results of overpayment(s) or missed payment(s).

This authorized deduction will continue until you terminate employment with UVU or an Employee Payroll Deduction Form is received by the Payroll Office to change or terminate this deduction.