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Giving 101

What Does the Clark School Mean to You?

If you're a current student, alumnus or alumna, we may have taught you to solve problems, introduced you to the excitement and rigor of research, helped you appreciate the importance of ethics and integrity and started you on your professional career.

If you're a corporate recruiter, we may have provided a consistent source of well-trained employees crucial to your success.

If you're a corporate collaborator, we may have helped you take an important step in your research or product development. Questions? Contact Jennifer Schwartz

For these reasons and many more, supporting the Clark School is a smart idea.

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Your first step in making a gift to the Clark School is to consider the types of assets you may contribute, and the major giving methods. This page summarizes both, and provides links to more detailed information. You may also consult Frequently Asked Questions, the Clark School's External Relations staff and your financial and tax professionals.

1) Types of Assets to Contribute

Cash is the simplest form of gift to make. It is also the most flexible and immediate gift for the Clark School to use. It is usually sent by mail in the form of a check or money order. It may also be provided via a credit card using our online giving site*.

Non-Cash Assets
Gifts of non-cash assets let you support the Clark School while keeping your cash flow intact.  In addition, non-cash gifts provide long-term financial planning benefits while ensuring the school long-term funding capacity.  Common non-cash assets are:

  • Appreciated securities/stocks
    Stocks are a convenient non-cash gift. The transactions can be handled by you directly or by a financial representative and have multiple benefits that vary with each individual's portfolio.
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  • Land, real estate and personal property
    Gifts of property can result in important tax savings. When you make gifts of property, certain value appraisals are required. These transactions will be handled by you in conjunction with your legal representative.

2) Giving Methods

Direct Contribution

A direct contribution is a transaction in which the value of the asset is provided to the Clark School at the time the gift is made. Cash is usually a direct contribution.

Estate or Planned Gifts

Gifts made through your estate or will can help you realize your philanthropic goals during or after your lifetime. In addition, estate gifts to the Clark School may be structured to provide you income streams immediately. Bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts and pooled income funds are all types of planned gifts. You may also name the Clark School as a beneficiary of an IRA, 401k or insurance policy. Learn more...


Please contact your financial and tax professional to further discuss which option best suits your needs.