Ways to Give

Hawken School, like all independent schools, relies on charitable gifts from alumni, parents, grandparents, parents of alumni, and friends to fulfill its mission. 

We invite you to invest in our present and future with a tax-deductible contribution and are deeply grateful for your support. 

Please contact the Advancement Office at 440-423-2965 if you have any questions.
Gifts of cash are the most direct and popular type of charitable gift. They are fully deductible for federal income tax purposes to the extent provided by law. Checks (please provide your name and class year for alumni) should be made payable to Hawken School and sent directly to: 

Advancement Office 
Hawken School 
P.O. Box 8002 
Gates Mills, OH 44040-8002

Credit Card
Many donors prefer to pay by credit card to take advantage of various credit card promotions, such as frequent flyer miles and other reward programs. We accept American Express, MasterCard, and Visa. Transactions can be made online or by calling the Development Office at 440-423-2965.

Matching Gifts
Many employers have a matching gifts program for contributions to Hawken. Most programs match dollar for dollar, but there are some companies that match 2:1 and even 3:1. This is a great opportunity to increase your gift in support of Hawken. Click here to find out if your employer or your spouse’s employer has a matching gift program.

Donors may spread certain gift payments over a period of years. Many Hawken supporters have made multi-year pledges to capital campaigns, alumni reunion class gifts, and other special projects.

Gifting of Stock

Did you know that donating stock is one of the smartest ways to give — and it benefits you while supporting Hawken School? Here’s why:
  • You can save on taxes: When you donate your appreciated assets, you avoid paying capital gains tax. If you sell securities to make a charitable gift, you are unnecessarily paying capital gain taxes. If you itemize deductions, you can also take a charitable deduction for the entire donation amount.
  • Donating highly appreciated assets costs less than giving cash (you bought the stock at a lower price than today’s market value).
  • It only takes a few minutes
  • Call your broker or investment advisor, discuss what you’d like to do, and have them send in the transfer instructions. Contact us for stock transfer instructions you can provide to your advisor. Click here to request this form.

IRA Gifts
If you’re 70.5 or older, donating from your IRA can support our students, and your savings. As a reminder, IRA gifts are one of the most taxwise ways to give: they achieve the same immediate impact as a direct donation, without dipping into your taxable income. These gifts are always tax-free, regardless of whether you itemize on your returns.

Donor Advised Funds
A grant from your Donor Advised Fund will support our students, faculty, and the entire Hawken School community. You can recommend a gift by contacting your financial institution and providing the following:
  • Desired donation amount
  • Designation or purpose of your gift — such as The Hawken Fund
  • Legal name of the School: Hawken School
  • Federal tax ID: 34-0714427
  • Mailing address:  Hawken School Advancement Office, PO Box 8002, Gates Mills, OH  44040-8002
Tax-deductible giving to The Hawken Fund corresponds with the School’s fiscal year — July 1 - June 30. Gifts to the Hawken Fund are spent in the same fiscal year they are given and have an immediate impact on students and faculty at Hawken.

Securities & Real Estate
Outright gifts of long-term appreciated securities and real estate held 12 months or more can result in significant tax savings for the donor. For tax purposes, the value of the gift is its fair market value on the day it is given. Because you are not required to pay capital gains taxes on the appreciation of the stock, the actual cost to you is far less than the real value of your gift to Hawken School. You receive an income tax deduction for the full, fair market value of the gift, generally up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income with limitations as outlined in IRS Publication 526.

Planned Gifts (also known as Estate Gifts) 
Many philanthropic individuals do not restrict their charitable giving to lifetime gifts and contributions. They often make provisions for their favorite charitable organizations after they have passed away. This is what is commonly referred to as planned giving, or testamentary gifts.
Planned giving usually takes place in one of two ways:
  • Through provisions in wills or revocable living trusts
  • Through beneficiary designations (from your retirement account or life insurance policies)
If you have any questions, contact Kathleen Z. Guzzi at kguzz@hawken.edu or (440) 423-2918 or Jeffrey Biggar ’68 at biggar@hawken.edu or call (440) 423-2084.

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