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How to Give

There are multiple ways to make a gift to Keystone College.

Make a gift online.

Whether you’re signing up for regular online gifts, making a one-time gift, or paying a pledge, our online giving page makes this easy.

Make your gift online.

Make a gift by mail.

Cash or Checks By Mail

Print and complete the donation form and send it with your donation by mail.

Please send it to:

Keystone College
Office of Institutional Advancement
One College Green Box 50
La Plume, PA 18440

Donate Securities

Keystone College encourages donors to consider gifts of securities. A gift of securities including stocks, mutual funds, and bonds, can provide attractive benefits in some circumstances. An outright gift of long-term appreciated securities (securities held for more than a year) avoids capital gains taxes and in most cases, the donor obtains a charitable income tax deduction equal to the market value of the securities. Please consult with your tax advisor for details

If the securities are held by your bank or broker in electronic form:
Please contact Heather Schield at (570) 945-8163 or at heather.schield@keystone.edu to let us know the name of the securities that you wish to transfer and the purpose for which you want your gift to be used. It is important that you inform us that you are transferring securities so that we can properly acknowledge your gift.

Note: In order to avoid incurring capital gains on a sale of appreciated securities, do not instruct your custodian to sell them. Rather, request your custodian to transfer your securities to our account at Merrill Lynch below.

To make a gift of stock, please contact:

William H. Bender, CFP, CIMA
Senior Vice-President
at Merrill Lynch, Bender Wealth Management
417 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503
PH: 800-207-0932, William_Bender@ml.com
www.fa.ml.com/benderteam

 

Donate from your IRA

If you are age 70 1/2 or older, you can contribute your required distribution to Keystone College.

IRA Charitable Rollover

If you are age 70½ or older, you need to take a minimum distribution from your IRA each year. Have you considered using this distribution for a charitable gift to support Keystone College?

Did you know?
Since 2006, Congress has passed the IRA Charitable Rollover Provision allowing individuals to make gifts from their IRA accounts to charities without incurring income tax on the withdrawal. In December, 2015 Congress again passed the IRA Charitable Rollover signed into law by the President on December 18, 2015. This time, however, it provides a permanent extension, retroactive to January 1, 2015, with no new expiration date!

This means that you can direct your minimum distribution amount to Keystone College with no federal income tax liability. The IRA Rollover may provide you with an excellent opportunity to make a gift during your lifetime from an asset that would be subject to multiple levels of taxation once received by your heirs.

Please consult with your tax and/or financial advisor for more information. For restrictions on this alternative method for donating to a charity, please visit the IRS website.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us at (570) 945-8163 or e-mail heather.schield@keystone.edu. IRA administrators don’t always include the donor’s name on distribution checks. If you’re planning to make a distribution to us from your IRA, please let us know in advance so that we’ll be able to identify your gift. Thank you!

This information is not intended to substitute for professional legal or tax advice. Please consult with your legal and financial and tax advisors for counsel about your individual situation.

Gift In-Kind

Keystone College gladly accepts in-kind donations, including art, equipment, books and other items that directly support our mission.

Sometimes instead of giving money to a charity to buy needed goods, the goods themselves are given. These are called in-kind donations. Keystone College accepts gifts-in-kind that are appropriate to its needs. Gifts-in-kind may include but are not limited to, works of art, scientific equipment, books, and real estate. We are very grateful for all donations, however, Keystone College is not always able to accept every gift because of the changing nature of our students’ needs.

The Keystone College reviews in-kind gift offers to ascertain the potential costs and risks associated with each piece of property before accepting the gift. The College also has an official policy that governs the acceptance process.

In-kind donations are often tax deductible under IRS rules based on the fair market value, which is the price the items would sell for on the open market. If you wish to deduct your in-kind gift you should refer to IRS Publication 561: Determining the Value of Donated Property. The IRS has special forms for the deduction of gifts valued over $500. For donations valued over $5,000, the donor must seek a qualified appraisal of value. For your reference and convenience, you can find Publication 561 and other IRS information and forms at www.irs.gov.

Download In-Kind Contribution Form

To initiate such a gift, please contact Heather A. Schield, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at (570) 945-8163 or heather.schield@keystone.edu.

Employer Matched Gifts

Your employer can double or even triple the impact of your generous donation!

Many employers will match your charitable donation, thereby doubling or tripling your giving to Keystone College. Generally, to take advantage of your employer’s gift matching program you should:

Check with your Human Resources Office to see if your employer offers this benefit to its employees.
If they do, complete the company matching gift form, which, may be online or a paper form.

Alert Keystone College that you are trying to secure a matching gift:

Keystone College Office of Development
One College Green – PO Box 50
La Plume, PA
(570) 945-8988
development@keystone.edu

 

Grant Partnerships

Grant funding and partnerships provide important financial resources for research, arts and cultural programs, state-of-the-art equipment, facility upgrades, scholarships, curricular development, community engagement, and other initiatives. Grants play a significant role in helping to create opportunities for new projects that complement Keystone’s mission.

Learn more about grant partnerships.

Keystone employee payroll deductions

Keystone College employees can make a gift through payroll deductions. Remember – your gift is tax deductible!

Learn more about employee giving.

Questions about giving?

Contact the Office of Institutional Advancement

Staff Contact List

Directing Your Gift

While unrestricted dollars are the best way to show your support of Keystone College, restricted gifts are also important. Along with scholarships, you can designate a gift to any different program or fund.

  • Athletic Department
  • Department of Instrumental Music
  • Annual Fund
  • General Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Jazz Institute
  • The Gathering at Keystone College
  • The Athletic Field and Track Complex
  • In Honor of an Individual
  • In Memory of an Individual
  • Scholarships
  • Programs
  • Special Projects

If you do not see a specific fund listed, you can still make a gift to that program, just notate it in the "Other" box on the online make a gift form.