TCNAA Informational FAQ
TCNAA means Tougaloo College National Alumni Association and is often referred to as the “Association.”
The purpose of TCNAA is to promote the mission, interests, purposes, and ideals of Tougaloo College, including recruitment and fundraising initiatives.
The President of TCNAA is the official spokesperson of the Association.
Yes, TCNAA is a separate 501 3(c) entity and operates independently from the College.
No, TCNAA does not provide any input to the day-to-day operations of the College.
TCNAA Board of Directors (which includes the Association’s officers, Alumni Representatives to the College’s Board of Trustees, Alumni Regional Representatives, and Chapter Presidents) and active alumni (those who have paid national dues).
The Association communicates and promotes its mission statement through the TCNAA website, activities, social media platforms, and other initiatives.
The Alumni Representatives to the Tougaloo College Board of Trustees advocate for alumni interests while embracing their responsibilities and fiduciary duties as a College Trustee.
The Association jointly supports the College’s various fundraising efforts through gifts, scholarships, volunteerism including social media communication and promotions.
TCNAA supports activities such as Pre-Alumni Council programs, UNCF National Alumni Council, Concert Choir tours, Commencement Activities, Annual Alumni Gathering and Banquet, and Alumni Hall of Fame Induction.
Alumni Chapters fall under the direction of TCNAA pursuant to the Association’s Chapter Guide. However, the Association does not manage or direct alumni chapter activities and events.
What is the purpose and role of the Division of Institutional Advancement also known as the Office of Institutional Advancement?
The Division of Institutional Advancement facilitates the understanding, participation, and support of Tougaloo College’s students, faculty, alumni, trustees, parents, friends, corporations, foundations, legislators, and others who have an interest in promoting and supporting the College.
The Office of Alumni Relations serves as the intermediary between the College and the alumni through the Division of Institutional Advancement and work closely with TCNAA to maintain the integrity of the Tougaloo College legacy.
No, Tougaloo alumni are not automatic members of TCNAA. Alumni may become members of TCNAA by paying the Association membership dues.
To become a member, please visit the TCNAA.org website and click the membership tab.
Yes, you can join TCNAA if you are not a member of an alumni chapter. However, chapter participation is encouraged.
Yes, TCNAA dues must be paid to become a voting member.
- Subscribing Life-$100/year for 5 years
- Life-$500, one-time payment
You can submit membership dues online by visiting the TCNAA.org website and click the Membership tab.
The TCNAA membership fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30.
Yes, former students may become members of TCNAA.
As a TCNAA member, who should I contact to address my concerns regarding college and/or alumni issues?
You may contact your Chapter President (if applicable), the TCNAA President, Director of Alumni Relations, or Director of Advancement Services regarding alumni concerns.
You can support TCNAA’s mission in the following manner.
- Donate to the annual giving fund with a one-time or recurring donation, which increases the College’s alumni giving percentage and enhances its national rankings
- Become a member of TCNAA.
- Join and participate in local chapter activities whose goals are to fundraise for the chapter’s annual gift to Tougaloo and support as well as facilitate recruitment activities.
Your individual gift to the Annual Alumni Giving Fund provides major funding resources for scholarships, endowments, and operations for the sustainability of the College. Your gift helps to ensure the success of current and future students; increases the percentage of alumni giving, enhances the College’s National rankings and corporate solicitation efforts and maintains the College’s legacy of educational excellence. Individual donations count as your Class gift.
You may donate to the Annual Alumni Giving Fund via the College’s website portal, TCNAA initiated campaigns, checks, payroll deductions, matching-gift programs, etc. Contact the Office of Advancement Services for further details.
Restricted giving is a gift received and used for a specific purpose. Restricted gifts provide reassurance to donors that their contributions will be used in the manner they have chosen.
Non-restricted giving is a gift used for general purposes.
Donations to the College increase the annual giving fund, increase scholarship opportunities and operations management. Secondly, alumni gifts increase the percentage of alumni giving ratings, which is instrumental in donor solicitation and national rankings.
on-restricted funds are allocated for the College’s general purposes. Donors leave it up to the institution to decide how best to allocate the funds to where the need is greatest. Restricted funds assist with annual scholarships and endowments. In addition, designated accounts are restricted and used for a specific purpose.
Non-restricted funds are used for general purposes of the College. Restricted funds are used for specific purposes.
In-kind contributions are goods, services, or time, instead of cash.
Examples of in-kind giving are tangible goods including, but not limited to equipment, books, cars, clothing, furniture, and supplies.
Yes, in-kind giving is tax-deductible when the gifts are donated directly to the College with the intent of the donor to receive a tax deduction. It is the responsibility of the donor, not the College, to obtain an appraisal of the gift for tax purposes.
You may contact The Office of Advancement Services if interested in in-kind giving.
You can participate in in-kind giving as often as you would like.
When the College receives in-kind gifts, the Division of Institutional Advancement will provide the donor with an acknowledgment letter.
A tax deduction is a contribution of money or goods to a tax-exempt organization. A tax deduction lowers a person’s or an organization’s tax liability by lowering their taxable income.
Tax deductions are typically applicable expenses that taxpayers incur during the year that can be subtracted from their gross income to determine how much in taxes are owed.
Yes, donations to universities are tax-deductible. This includes nonprofit private and state colleges, whether you donate cash or property.
Yes, donations to clubs and organizations associated with Tougaloo are tax-deductible, if received by the Division of Institutional Advancement.
Yes, donations to the College fundraisers are tax-deductible, if received by the Division of Institutional Advancement.
Money and in-kind gifts are tax-deductible.
Yes, in-kind donations are tax-deductible. Donors making in-kind contributions can take a tax deduction for the fair market value of the donation. However, donors cannot deduct time or services contributed to a 501(c)(3) organization. The donor can only deduct the cost of any out-of-pocket expenses for which the donor has receipts.
If a donation is received via a third party, you will not receive a tax deduction statement for that donation. The third-party company will provide the tax-deductible statement. Tougaloo College will send you an acknowledgement letter informing you that we received a donation on your behalf.
Will I receive a tax deduction acknowledgement for my donation to the College through PayPal, Go Fund Me, and other portals?
You will not receive a tax statement for donations through PayPal, Go Fund Me, and Network for Good. These gifts are reported as anonymous when received by the College.
Examples of third-party donations are Facebook, Network for Good, Your Causes, PayPal, and any investment company.
No, there is no minimum or maximum donation required to receive a tax deduction. No donation is too small.
Please visit with your tax consultant.
Please visit with your tax consultant.