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Funding Your Gift

Gifts of Cash
A gift of cash is available immediately for the use of the College, and in most cases is fully deductible for donors who itemize their federal income taxes. If a cash gift totals more than 50 percent of adjusted gross income, the balance of the deduction may be carried forward for up to five additional tax years.

Gifts of Securities
Funding a gift with appreciated securities offers two tax advantages. The donor avoids capital gains tax on the appreciated value of the securities and may take a charitable deduction on her federal income taxes for the full market value of the security as of the date of transfer to the College. Securities that have been held for one year or more are deductible up to 30 percent of the donor’s adjusted gross income; the balance may be carried forward within the same limitation for up to five years. The minimum gift of securities is $500. For instructions on how to make a gift of securities, click here.

Giving Electronically
Bryn Mawr’s secure web server allows you to make on-line gifts day or night using a credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover). Gifts are processed immediately, and posted to the College’s records within a few days. To make a gift visit

Making Monthly Gifts
Some donors elect to spread their payments over a period of months, or choose to give a monthly amount year round. This allows you to more easily budget the gift you wish to make. Payments may also be scheduled every other month, or quarterly – for efficiency's sake we ask that each transaction not be less than $10.

Corporate Matching Gifts
Many corporations match gifts to charitable institutions made by employees and directors; some will match the gifts of employee spouses and retired employees as well. Contact your personnel office for information about your employer’s matching-gift program. A donor must secure the proper matching-gift forms from the corporation and submit them to the College in order for Bryn Mawr to receive the matching gifts.

Gifts of Real Estate
Real estate—such as land, a house, a farm or commercial property—may be given outright, in which case the College will sell the property and use the proceeds immediately. Another option is to use real estate to fund a trust and provide the donor (or another person) with lifetime income. An individual may also give a house to Bryn Mawr and retain the right to live in it during her lifetime. This latter type of gift provides the donor with an immediate charitable deduction, and may also allow her to claim deductions throughout her lifetime on maintenance costs for the property.