types of gifts

There are many ways you can support Colby-Sawyer's students, faculty, and programs. Your gift may be unrestricted in use or you may designate it to apply to a specific program, purpose, or endowment fund. Most contributions qualify as charitable deductions through federal and state income taxes. As with all financial considerations, we encourage you to discuss potential tax advantages and other aspects of charitable giving with your attorney, tax advisor, or financial consultant.

Various gift considerations include:

Outright Gifts

Gifts of this nature can include cash, securities, or property. Much like cash gifts, a gift of publicly-traded or closely-held securities can often produce an even greater benefit by providing an income tax charitable deduction and capital gains tax relief.

Gifts of Endowment

A gift toward endowment demonstrates a far-sighted commitment to the college. An endowment is a fund that is maintained in perpetuity. Only a portion of the annual investment return is used for the purposes specified by the donor. Endowments, which may be named for the donor or in remembrance of a friend or family member, can be structured to reflect the donor's interests and serve as an enduring acknowledgment to the donor's philanthropy.

Planned Gifts

Some donors may wish to consider a gift through their estate or other deferred arrangements that have specific tax advantages. Some arrangements include lifetime income to beneficiaries named by the donor. Many Colby-Sawyer donors utilize planned giving methods and are enjoying the benefits today—capital gains tax savings, increased income, and income tax savings, among others. A planned gift maximizes your giving potential and may even allow you to ensure your future financial security or that of a loved one. Colby-Sawyer's planned giving staff provides counsel to donors who wish to incorporate deferred gifts, charitable bequests and gifts of life insurance in their estate and financial planning. For further information about making a planned gift or bequest to Colby-Sawyer please call (603) 526-3726.

Unrestricted or Restricted Gifts

When a gift is unrestricted, the college enjoys maximum flexibility. Unrestricted gifts can be used at the discretion of the president to meet current, changing or urgent needs. With restricted gifts, donors designate how and where they would like their gift to be used by the college. Visit our Colby-Sawyer Fund webpages for additional information.

Gifts of Property

Donors may consider a gift of real estate or other property to Colby-Sawyer. The college receives a wide variety of such gifts, including real estate, rare books and manuscripts, works of art, and equipment. To determine the college's interest in the property you would like to give, and the tax implications for you, please contact the Office of Development at (603) 526-3890.

Gifts of Stock

Gifts of stock (including mutual funds), bonds, and other securities may offer considerable capital gains tax savings. To transfer securities to Colby-Sawyer, please call (603) 526-3735.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations have demonstrated their support for Colby-Sawyer by matching their employees' gifts to the college. Please inquire as to whether your employer participates in a matching gift program. Certain restrictions apply to matching gifts. Please consult your company's personnel office for further information or contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at (603) 526-3724 or 800-266-8253.