Planned Gifts

Planned gifts have an enormous and lasting impact on Savannah State University, creating a legacy for SSU students that lasts for generations. Supporting SSU with a planned gift is a great way to ensure that SSU remains strong for years to come.

SSU has partnered with FreeWill so that you can create your will and protect your loved ones as you create your own SSU legacy. Creating your legal will and planning a gift takes less than 20 minutes online, at no cost.

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Making a Planned Gift to Savannah State is EASY

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Include language in your will or trust designating "Savannah State University" as beneficiary of your assets.  Contact us so we can coordinate with you on the appropriate documentation to ensure your gift is used in accordance with your wishes when received.


Complete a beneficiary designation form provided by your retirement plan custodian. Designate "Savannah State University" as beneficiary. Submit the form to your retirement plan custodian.

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Individuals age 70 ½ years old or older can transfer up to $100,000 per year to Savannah State University from an IRA to satisfy the required minimum distribution for the year.


Transfer your cash or other assets, such as stock, to “Savannah State University” in exchange for fixed payments for you and/or someone else you choose each year for your lifetime(s). The remainder of the assets support Savannah State University.

There are many ways you can give a planned gift to benefit the university. Contact Mr. Johnny McDonald, MPA, our Gift Planning Officer at 912-358-3062, or by email at with Our Gift Planning Officer


Become a Member of the Roaring Tigers Legacy Society 

Savannah State University launched its legacy society officially in February 2021, the society was formed with existing gifts of three faithful supporters. In March 2021, an appeal commenced to garner support for others to become a part of history in the making and, with their commitments, become founding members of the society. The endeavoring commitment from alumni, families, and friends of the University are an investment in students today and leaders of tomorrow, faculty and staff staffing and research, and ensure the continued ascension of Savannah State for years to come.

Members of the Roaring Tigers Legacy Society will be celebrated annually at a special reception, especially recognized in our online honor roll provided permission has been granted, and in distributed publications.

Membership eligibility includes, among others:

  • A bequest to Savannah State University, or Savannah State University Foundation, Inc., in your will or living trust
  • Savannah State name as beneficiary in your life insurance policy or retirement account, charitable remainder trust, or charitable lead trust
  • Creating a charitable gift annuity at Savannah State University
  • Deed your real and/or personal property to Savannah State University

Gifts to Savannah State University can be made in several ways.Development staff in University Advancement are available to answer questions, or schedule a personal, confidential consultation. You can also contact us at 912-358-3059 or by emailing

Want to plan a significant gift that will impact future generations at Savannah State University?

You can make a planned gift.

Visit Our Planned Giving Website