From our Class Fund and Planned Giving Chairs
As our mailboxes begin to fill with holiday-themed catalogs, we wanted to offer a little nudge and urge you to respond to Wellesley’s annual appeal for unrestricted support and give to The Wellesley Fund.
And, in addition, we want to offer some information on why to give, and explain some of the options that you might consider in making a gift to Wellesley.
If you have already made your donation this year, thank you. If your charitable contributions are still on your to-do list for year-end, please consider making a gift to the College’s annual appeal so Wellesley can continue to provide generous need-blind financial aid to students, grow its world-class faculty, academic programs and research, expand career education opportunities, and preserve and improve its buildings, grounds and infrastructure.
All gifts are important regardless of size and count towards our alumnae participation rate. Wellesley’s, at 49%, is among the highest of U.S. colleges. Why care? Participation by alumni in fundraising is counted in the college rankings that attract top students and faculty, and remarkably, also count in the financial ratings that impact operating and capital costs. Every gift from an alumna – big and small alike - truly matters.
What is a Durant Society Membership? This is a designation for those who give $2,500 or more in any fiscal year. Our class traditionally has 20 Durant members and we hope to grow that. Do consider becoming one if you are not already. If you have been a Durant member in the past, please remember this as you make your year-end gift. https://www.wellesley.edu/alumnae/give/donorrecognition/durant
How can you give to The Wellesley Fund? It is super easy to give anytime – alldetails at THIS LINK.
You might want to consider Tax-Smart Giving. Instead of giving cash, you would use appreciated securities to maximize the tax impact of your gift. Talk to your financial advisor to see if this would be a good choice for your year-end giving to Wellesley.
Our Class Wellesley Fund Representative is Barbara Garlock, who is busy reaching out to recruit volunteers to connect with classmates - it is a great way to catch up with old friends or make new ones. If you have any questions about donating to Wellesley, or are interested in being part of the team, please email her. You don’t even have to ask anyone for money – really.
In addition to this appeal for annual gifts, many of us who are at a transitional stage of life, might consider making a gift to Wellesley in the future through deferred gifts. Our Class Gift Planning volunteer is Laura Wray and she is available to help you figure out how you can provide support for Wellesley’s future. Examples of these deferred gifts are:
- Bequest Intentions: You make Wellesley a beneficiary of your will, trust, insurance, donor-advised fund, retirement account or other account.
- Charitable Gift Annuities: You make a gift to Wellesley and the College pays you guaranteed income for life based upon your age and the time you choose to begin to receive your payments. The balance goes to support Wellesley.
Deferred gift donors become lifetime members of the Wellesley Legacy Society.Currently, our class has 27 Legacy Society members. For more information, connect with Laura.
We would love to hear from you anytime – please don’t hesitate!
Meanwhile, we wish each of you a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year, and very much look forward to connecting soon.
Barbara Garlock, Class Wellesley Fund Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Wray, Class Planned Giving Chair – email@example.com
You can make a gift online at http://www.wellesley.edu/give, over the phone at 1.800.358.3543 or by mailing a check to: The Wellesley Fund, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.