The Annual Fund. Every fall from August through October is open season for our Annual Fund. This fund drive is critical to our continued success and expansion of our program. There are five designation categories available, which allow you the opportunity to apply your gift towards areas of the school about which you are passionate.
- Undesignated. This category is the most valuable to Westminster as it allows WCA to allocate funds wherever the need is greatest.
- Athletics. This category supports all of our athletic teams and programs.
- Technology. Gifts towards technology help us continue to provide our students with cutting edge learning methods, as well as keep them contemporary in their use of current technology.
- Music and Fine Arts. These gifts directly support our music and fine art programs.
Planned Gifts. To learn about deferred or planned gifts, including bequests, life-income plans, and other options for your estate - and for information about increasing your income, earning valuable income-tax deductions, and reducing your estate taxes please contact Lori-Ellen Hudnall, Director of Communications.
Endowments. You also have the option of designating a gift endowment. Endowments provide security over the long term by expanding Westminster's permanent financial base and creating a predictable source of future income for such things as endowed faculty positions, financial assistance, facilities, or even entire academic programs.
Matching Gift Programs are an easy way to double your donation to Westminster. Find out if your company has a matching gift program. Such programs typically match all or a percentage of employee contributions to charitable organizations, making the employer a partner in employees' personal philanthropy. Simply obtain a matching gift form from your employer's personnel office, fill it out, and provide it to WCA with your contribution.
Gifts of appreciated securities, stocks, and bonds also provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to WCA before they are sold. If you have held your securities for more than one year, you may find that your gift will provide a two-fold tax benefit, creating an income tax deduction as well as helping avoid the capital gains tax that would have been due upon their sale.
Gifts of real estate include personal residences, second homes, income property, and vacant land, which offer a wide variety of tax and other benefits. Whereas most people give their entire interest away, it is also possible to give only a portion of the property (an undivided percentage interest) while retaining the rest for other purposes.
Gifts of personal property including rare books, works of art, valuable collectibles, and tangible items of demonstrable value, in some cases may enable you to make a significant gift to support Westminster with outstanding tax benefits to you. Likewise, gifts of intangible personal property, such as copyrights, patents, and mineral rights, can generate income for the program of your choice on a continuing basis.