Ways to Give
Go to the online gift form or call (800) 443-8196
Make your check payable to Vassar College and mail to:
Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development, Box 725, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0725
Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds
Giving appreciated securities is a tax-wise way to support Vassar. For securities held longer than one year, the full fair market value of the stock may qualify for a charitable contribution income tax deduction regardless of what you originally paid for them. You also avoid paying capital gains tax on the transfer. To make a gift of securities or mutual funds please contact Vaike Riisenberg in the Controller’s Office at (845) 437-5896 with the following information:
- name of the stock
- number of shares
- designation of the gift
- broker’s name and phone number
If held with a bank or broker
Make sure they include your name or contact Vaike Riisenberg at (845) 437-5896 with the details of your gift to ensure correct crediting. Instruct your bank or broker to transfer your shares electronically by DTC wire. They may need Vassar’s tax id number: 14-1338587.
If the security is not held in paper, it can be transferred to Vassar’s account with Merrill Lynch:
If held by the donor
- unsigned certificates
- a letter stating what is being given and its designation
- a copy of the letter with an endorsed stock power, signed but left blank (we will fill it in)
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0012
If the certificate is for more shares than you wish to give
The stock power should transfer the number of shares represented by the certificate. Indicate how many shares go to the College and how many should be returned to you. Include your social security number so the certificate may be reissued in your name.
Contact Vaike Riisenberg
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, signed into law on January 2, 2013, brings back the popular IRA charitable rollover provision wherein donors age 70½ or older are once again eligible to move up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to qualified charities without having to pay income taxes on the money. This provision is retroactive to January 1, 2012.
- Donors must be 70 ½ years old or older when making the qualified charitable distribution.
- The distribution must go directly from a Traditional or Roth IRA to a qualified charity, like Vassar College
- Contributions cannot be made from 401(k) or 403(b), however under certain circumstances, donors may choose to convert assets from a 401(k) or 403(b) into an IRA and then make a gift to the College.
- Gifts cannot exceed $100,000 per taxpayer, per year.
- Gifts must be outright (not to a donor-advised fund, support organization, charitable trust, or charitable gift annuity).
- Gifts must be made (or have been made) between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013.
To make a gift, donors should contact their IRA custodian and obtain directions about how to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution directly to Vassar College. The custodian will require a mailing address and tax identification number for Vassar:
Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development
124 Raymond Avenue, Box 725
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Tax ID 14-1338587
Donors should then notify the College of their intended gift:
Attn: Brenda Gobillot
124 Raymond Avenue, Box 14
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Planned gifts are an excellent way to provide future support for the College while also helping to meet your personal financial goals. contact Alexas Orcutt(845) 437-5487 or visit Gift Planning
Vassar College accepts gifts-in-kind that are appropriate to its mission. Gifts-in-kind may include, but are not limited to, works of art, scientific equipment, books, real estate, etc. Inquiries about prospective gifts may be directed as follows:
contact James Mundy ’74 (845) 437-5236
contact Debra Bucher (845) 437-5763
contact Alexas Orcutt (845) 437-5487
contact Gary Hohenberger (845) 437-7092
contact Diane Sauter (845) 437-7547