Give Today


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

What is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday, a purely social media-based event that began in 2012, is dedicated to philanthropy and community voluntarism. It follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

This year, #GivingTuesday will be held on Tuesday, November 27. Every gift made on this day will be designated to Marshall University’s Annual Fund. Over the past three years, #GivingTuesday has supported the Marshall University Foundation’s Grant for West Virginia Students and the Student Disaster Relief Fund. While gifts can be made to any fund on #GivingTuesday, this year we ask our Marshall alumni family and friends to support the Marshall University Annual Fund.

Annual Fund dollars go to the areas of greatest need at the university, such as general scholarships, library materials, student activities, intercultural programs, campus technology upgrades and so much more. Annual Fund contributions designated to an individual college help support a variety of projects including guest lectures, department scholarships, faculty development, classroom equipment and student or faculty research. We have set a goal of receiving gifts, in any amount, from 150 donors.


Giving to Marshall University

Through the Annual Fund, the university’s annual giving program, you can designate your gift to benefit the school or academic program of your choice. Or you can allocate your gift to Marshall University’s Greatest Needs, where it will be used for immediate needs such as merit scholarships; undergraduate research support and graduate fellowships; faculty hiring and retention; career networking and admissions programs.

The Annual Fund raises unrestricted funds for the university’s greatest needs as well as for individual colleges. This annual program runs with the University’s fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). The Annual Fund regularly seeks gifts through a student-staffed telephone outreach program, mail appeals and online giving.

How do I contact the office of Annual Giving?

You can contact Griffin Talbott, Director of Annual Giving at (304) 696-6214 or by using our online contact form.