We encourage all of our donors to consider maximizing their impact by making a pledged gift, which can be paid over a period of five (5) years. This allows families greater flexibility to make their most generous commitment. To make a multi-year campaign pledge, please contact Connie Alderfer, Director of Advancement, at email@example.com or call 410-822-1935 x190.
You can double–sometimes triple!–your donation! Many companies support elementary education by matching or multiplying their employee’s gifts to The Country School. Often, this benefit is extended to employee spouses, retirees, and board members. Before you make a gift, check with your or your spouse’s personnel or human resources office. Please forward your company’s matching gift application form with your donation.
Gifts-in-Kind are tangible gifts of personal property, such as artwork, furnishings, books, historical collections, and equipment. Assets related to the educational mission of the school can be deducted for their full fair market value. Personal property unrelated to the school’s mission can be deducted at the cost to the donor.
Making a gift of stock or shares of a mutual fund to The Country School benefits both the school and the donor. You may receive an income-tax charitable deduction and/or a capital gains tax savings. You can make a gift of securities to the school through electronic transfer. Notify your broker that you wish to make a gift of securities to The Country School. After authorizing the transfer, instruct your broker to contact the Advancement Office. Our office will give your broker complete transfer instructions.
In order to credit your gift properly, we must know your name, the name of the stock, the number of shares, and the date of transfer. The gift is complete when the stock is transferred to The Country School account.
You may make a gift to The Country School by designating the school as a beneficiary in your will. A bequest can be made for a specific amount or as a percentage of the total estate. Bequests can be unrestricted or used to establish named gift funds (e.g. scholarship fund) or memorial funds.
Under a gift annuity agreement, you make a gift to The Country School in return for the school’s promise to make an annual payment to you of a specified dollar amount for as long as you live. The amount of the annual payment depends upon your age and is based on a fixed percentage of the initial fair market value of your gift. A portion of your gift is tax-deductible.
A charitable remainder trust may be designed to provide you with income throughout your lifetime as well as support to The Country School upon your death. The trust may be established with a gift of cash or appreciated stock. A trust can be structured in one of two ways – either as an annuity trust or unitrust. The important difference between the two options involves the way distributions are handled.
With a charitable lead trust you essentially “lend” a charity your assets for a set period of time. At the end of the gift period, the property you placed in the trust either returns to you, or is passed on to named individuals.