The Southwestern Michigan College Foundation

Why Give

Our students come to Southwestern Michigan College with needs, hopes, aspirations and amazing potential.

The mission of the Southwestern Michigan College Foundation is to inspire donors to bridge the financial gap through scholarships and educational investments, thereby opening doors to change lives through higher education and career training.

Ways to Give

Scholarships and Endowments

In an endowed fund, your gift is never actually spent; only the income from interest on the gift is used to fund scholarships.

An initial donation of at least $2,500 is required to begin an endowment, and you can choose restrictions such as only being gifted to a student majoring in a certain field.

View current endowments.

Work-study Endowment

The work-study endowment allows SMC to hire student-workers to hold on-campus jobs. This helps the student, not just financially, but also as an enhancement of the student’s educational experience as they gain “soft skills” such as interpersonal communication, workplace etiquette and time management.

Corporate Matching

Often times corporations will do a gift match for employees that make a tax-deductible donation to any 501(C)3 non-profit organization, such as the Southwestern Michigan College Foundation. This can double or triple the impact of your contribution.

Check with your employer to see if your gift to the SMC Foundation is eligible for a company/employer match today!

Annual Campaign for Students

The Annual Campaign for Students encourages alumni, supporters and friends to recall and renew their SMC ties by making gifts on an annual basis.

Read more about annual giving on our Annual Campaign for Students brochure.

Donations go directly to the endowment or department of choice. Give online.

Alumni Plaza

The Alumni Plaza, located in the center of Southwestern Michigan College’s Dowagiac campus, is dedicated to the past, present, and future of the college.

The elevated circular plaza with surrounding seating has become a gathering place for students and a site for outdoor performances.

Friends and alumni can help support the college while also commemorating their or a loved one’s involvement with SMC by purchasing a clay paver or limestone band engraved with the message of choice.

Order online or call (269) 782-1275. All proceeds support student scholarships.

Clock Tower

The college is currently seeking a donor to fund the construction of a 70-foot tall clock tower that will bear the name of the individual or organizational donor.

The Clock Tower will add the finishing touch to the campus and provide a physical atmosphere that complements the superior academic environment that Southwestern Michigan College students enjoy.

Planned Giving

The SMC Foundation would be honored to be included as a beneficiary in your estate planning.

Below is a list of possible planned giving opportunities:

  • A specific sum of money
  • A specific asset
  • A percentage or proportion of an estate
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Life Insurance
  • Trusts
  • Standard Charitable Remainder Unitrust
  • Net Income Charitable Remainder Unitrust
  • Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust
  • Retirement Plans
  • Real Estate

Please consult your tax preparer and/or legal counsel for guidance with your planned giving strategies.

For details on the different ways you can gift to the college, contact the Eileen Toney at (269) 782-1301 or foundation@swmich.edu.

Offline Giving

If you would prefer, you may contribute to any of the areas listed above offline. Please provide us with the details of your gift by completing our Offline Giving Form and mailing it to the SMC Foundation at the address provided.

Potential Tax Benefits

Taxable Income Tax Rate Contribution Tax Savings Net Cost to You*
$18,650-$75,900 15% $100
$200
$500
$1,000
$15
$30
$75
$150
$85
$170
$425
$850
$75,901-$153,100 25% $100
$200
$500
$1,000
$25
$50
$125
$250
$75
$150
$375
$750
$153,101-$233,350 28% $100
$200
$500
$1,000
$28
$56
$140
$280
$72
$144
$360
$720

*The examples shown are based on federal tax rates for those filing as "married filing jointly" only and do not reflect the effects of certain tax limitations, such as alternative minimum tax, state or local taxes, or adjusted gross income limitations on itemized deductions. Consult your tax professional regarding your personal tax situation.