ways to give
A cash gift entitles you to a charitable deduction against income. The deduction must be taken in the year in which your gift is made. Cash gifts can be made as a one-time contribution or in installments as payments toward a pledge. For your convenience, cash gifts may be paid via check or credit card.
Gifts of Stock
A gift of appreciated securities entitles you to a charitable deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities without paying tax on the securities' appreciation. To make a gift of stock, please use the stock transfer form found at right or contact Wendy Levine, Director of Development, at 415.472.8008.
Companies often sponsor matching-gift programs that can double as employee's charitable contribution. Ask your company's personnel office for more information on directing a matching gift to Mark Day School.
Planned gifts from donors' wills and trusts can provide a current charitable deduction in addition to income for your lifetime. The income can be distributed to you, the donor, your spouse, or other designee, after which the assets would be distributed to the school. Institutions can achieve stability and growth through planned giving. Click here for more information. Contact your tax advisor for information that relates to your particular circumstances.
A gift of paid-up life insurance policy can provide a tax deduction to the donor and a significant gift to the school. Life insurance premiums are tax deductible if the school is designated as the owner and the beneficiary of the policy.
Gifts in Kind
Independent schools welcome donations such as classroom supplies, office equipment, athletic equipment, books, and other items related to the educational program. The Development Office will be happy to help you determine the acceptability of gifts. The donor, through appraisal or record of purchase, will determine gift value. Mark Day School does not assign value to used items.
Multi-Year Pledges for Major Gifts
Pledges can be paid over several years. In other words, a donor can pledge a gift in one year, but can take several years to complete the fulfillment of that pledge.
Restricted and Unrestricted Gifts
While the school finds unrestricted gifts the most useful, gifts can also be restricted to a particular area or project of donor interest.
THE EIGHTH PILLAR
Donors who contribute $10,000 per year or $100,000 over the course of their family's attendance at Mark Day School are recognized as members of the Eighth Pillar. They are exemplars of our unofficial eighth pillar--philanthropy--and they are honored each spring by the Board of Trustees at a special donor event.