Ways of Giving

Change lives

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Gifts of Cash

Many gifts to West Chester Friends School are made by check or credit card. You may be able to claim the entire amount of your cash gift as a charitable income tax deduction. (The IRS allows you to claim this deduction up to 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). You can claim excess deductions over the five tax years following your gift.)

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Gifts of Stock

A gift of stock can be a particularly good giving vehicle, especially if you have owned the stock for at least one year. If you sell the stock, you will pay a capital gains tax on any increase in its value. By giving stock to West Chester Friends School, you will avoid the capital gains tax and the IRS allows you to claim this deduction up to 30% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). (You can claim excess deductions over the five tax years following your gift.) Sample transfer letter

Please follow these stock transfer directions:
Account name: West Chester Friends School (Tax ID #23-1690347)
Account number: 526-010029-085
DTC number: 00150015

Broker:
Thomas J. O’Rourke
Morgan Stanley
3803 West Chester Pike, Suite 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Phone # 610-430-1910

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Gifts through Your IRA

If you are 70½ or older, you are required to take a required minimum distribution annually from your IRA account(s). You can gift a distribution from your traditional or Roth IRA directly to West Chester Friends School that will be 100% tax free from federal and PA taxes. This can be set up as a one-time or recurring gift. Sample transfer letter

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Gifts through Your Estate

The 1836 Society

The 1836 Society was established to honor those who have included West Chester Friends School in their estate planning. These include naming West Chester Friends School in your will or as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy.

Estate Gifts

One of the easiest ways to give to West Chester Friends School is through your will of revocable living trust. You can name West Chester Friends School as the beneficiary of specific assets, a portion of your estate or your residual estate after payment of other bequests. Bequests are free from federal estate tax. To include the West Chester Friends School in your will or estate plans, please use this language:

“The West Chester Friends School, a nonprofit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of Pennsylvania, and with the business address of 415 North High Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380.”

Our tax identification number is 23-1690347.

Retirement Plans

You can name the West Chester Friends School as a beneficiary of your individual IRA account (IRA), 401(k), 403(b), Keogh Plan or other qualified pension plan. West Chester Friends School can be designated as a beneficiary of part or all of what remains in your retirement account. The proceeds of these plans are distributed outside probate and are free from federal estate tax.

Life Insurance

You can name the West Chester Friends School as a beneficiary of your individual insurance account.The proceeds of these plans are distributed outside probate and are free from federal estate tax.

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Gifts Through Your Business

Matching Funds

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Check to see if your employer has a matching gift policy and request a matching gift form from the employer.

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit 

Click here to be directed to EITC

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Annual Fund

The Annual Fund at West Chester Friends School benefits every child, every day. Contributions to the Annual Fund support a variety of programs and curriculum, field trips, faculty compensation and professional development, and facilities–every area that touches every student at WCFS.

Contributions of any amount count as participation in the Annual Fund, which is very important! Foundations and other grant-making organizations look to the percentage of participation in Annual Fund across constituencies as a measure of commitment and loyalty to West Chester Friends School. While we ask that you give what you can, it is essential that alumni, current and alumni parents, grandparents and friends make a gift to show your continuing support for WCFS.

Parent and alumni parent support of the Annual Fund is typically very high, and the percentage of support we receive from WCFS alumni is growing impressively! Thanks to challenge grants and the contagious energy of our alumni of all ages, participation in the Annual Fund has grown from 4% in 2012-2013 to just over 10% in 2017-2018! (Do you want to include this paragraph?)

A contribution to the Annual Fund is a wonderful way to honor your child, his or her teacher or the wonderful work that happens at West Chester Friends School every day. We can designate your gift in a variety of ways such as Reunion Class Gift?

You may designate your gift to the Annual Fund or particular Endowment or Other Funds

To make an online contribution to the Annual Fund, visit link.

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Endowment and Other Funds

Endowment Funds support the school with annual interest support. You may contribute to any of these funds:

  • The Caroline Prutzman Fund for Environmental Education
  • The Geraldine Gibson Scholarship Fund
  • Scholarship Endowment
  • Staff Endowment
  • Wood Faculty Fund
  • West Chester Friends School at the Chester County Community Foundation

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We Are Here to Help

We can help you decide on a gift that’s right for you. To discuss the best gift option or to notify us of a legacy gift you have planned, please contact us at development@wcfriends.org or call us at 610-696-2820 (change?)