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Giving Opportunities

Supporting Stratford Friends School means that you believe in our mission, our students, and in the impact of a Stratford Friends education. Stratford Friends School was established in 1976, as the first Quaker school in the nation for children with learning disabilities. Through the years, we have relied on the support of our entire community—parents and grandparents, alumni and alumni parents, faculty and staff, Board members, Quakers, and friends. Your generosity has helped our school succeed and grow.

Give Online

Visit our donation page here!

 

Give by Check

Mail your donation payble to Stratford Friends School, 2 Bishop Hollow Road Newtown Square, PA 19073  

 

The Stratford Fund

Gifts to The Stratford Fund are unrestricted donations that support and are the more important gifts we can receive.  Click here to learn more about The Stratford Fund. 

 

Scholarships

Every year our students rely on financial aid. Supporting the Scholarship fund helps make a Stratford Friends education possible for our unique learners.  

 

EITC or OSTC

If you or your company pays taxes in Pennsylvania, you can support Stratford Friends students with financial need through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs. 

 

Planned Giving

Include Stratford Friends in your estate plans. Your gift can cost you nothing now.  Leave a lasting legacy to Stratford Friends School and become a member of the 1976 Society! Click here to learn more about Planned Giving.

 

Matching Gifts

Corporate Matching Gifts can double, or in some cases triple, the size of your contribution. Check with your employer to see if they offer matching gifts to elementary, middle, or special education schools. It is as simple as sending your gift to us and filling out the company’s matching gift form. We are happy to help you complete any required paperwork and provide documentation of our 501(c)3 status.

 

Gifts In-Kind

We welcome gifts of new classroom supplies, software, and other useful items. If you have something specific to donate, please contact the Advancement Office so we can match your gift with the greatest need.

 

Gifts of Appreciated Stock

Offer tremendous tax incentives. Use these instructions to transfer securities to establish or add to an existing account. Download the Stock Gift Form here!

  • The donor will complete Section I of the Stock Gift Form and the Charitable Beneficiary will complete Section II. Submit the form to Friends Fiduciary via email to tmcelroy@friendsfiduciary.org and squinn@friendsfiduciary.org. For timely processing of gifts, please do not send the form via US Mail.

  • After requesting transfer, please inform Stratford Friends School’s Advancement Office of your gift with the name of the stock and the number of shares by emailing advancement@stratfordfriends.org. This will enable us to track the gift.

  • Shares should be delivered via DTC wire #2803 to U. S. Bank N.A., Institutional Code and Bank Agent #12278, for deposit into account #10996-01-J, Friends Fiduciary Corporation, Quaker Growth & Income Fund Participant Income Account. Please instruct broker to include donor and charitable beneficiary names in the transfer details. If shares are not DTC-eligible, contact Friends Fiduciary for additional options.

  • If a stock gift is received without donor or charitable beneficiary information, Friends Fiduciary will hold the security for 24 hours. If we are unable to determine the donor or charitable beneficiary during that time, the security will be rejected back to the donor, with a note instructing them to contact Friends Fiduciary

  • Friends Fiduciary will complete Section III of the Gift Form and will forward the completed form to the charitable beneficiary, who will provide the donor with acknowledgment of the gift.

  • Friends Fiduciary charges an administration fee of $27.50 per security, per constituent investor beneficiary. For non-constituent investor beneficiaries, this fee is $45. There is no fee for gifts with proceeds reinvested in a Friends Fiduciary account.

Car Donation

Have a car that you would like to donate? Click on the link here and Stratford Friends School can benefit from your donation. 

 

Gifts to Stratford Friends While You Shop

  • AmazonSmile – AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support SFS every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you will find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to SFS. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.

    • Note: if shopping from your iPad, there is no AmazonSmile app and you must go to the website smile.amazon.com. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

  • Box Tops – Box Tops is changing to fit today’s families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school’s earnings online. Download the app here!

  • Rite Aide – With RXfundraising, every time you fill a prescription or shop at your local Rite Aid using your wellness+ rewards number, you will be supporting SFS! Simply register with RXfundraising here and use your Rite Aid wellness+ rewards number!

  • Coca-Cola Gives – Turn your Coca-Cola product purchases into cash donations to SFS! Simply send in your bottle caps or tabs (12, 24 or 36 pkgs.) from participating Coca-Cola products. Learn more here!

 

If you have any questions about making a gift to Stratford Friends School or about the impact your gift can have please call Kim McDermott, our Director of Advancement, at 610-886-4339 or email advancement@stratfordfriends.org.

 

 

What does it all mean for supporting Stratford Friends?

The CARES Act was passed on March 27, 2020 to help support our country economically during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Among many other provisions, the bill made changes to encourage charitable giving to nonprofits to recognize the important role we are playing in healthcare, social services, and education during this difficult time. Revisions to the Internal Revenue Code are intended to encourage charitable giving. As a result, your direct support of Stratford Friends this year could benefit you on your 2020 tax return. Here’s how:

 

$300 Above-the-Line Deduction (Must Take Standard Deduction)

 

Charitable deductions are back! If you take the standard deduction on your 2020 tax return (the one that you’ll file in 2021), you can claim a brand new “above-the-line” deduction of up to $300 for cash donations to charity you make this year! Donations to donor advised funds and certain organizations that support charities are not deductible. Normally, you have to itemize on Schedule A to get a tax break for charitable donations. In this case, though, it’s the other way around—if you itemize, you can’t take this new deduction.

 

60% of AGI Limit Waived (Must Itemize)

 

If you itemize on Schedule A of your tax return, you can claim a deduction for your charitable donations. However, the amount you can deduct for cash contributions is generally limited to 60% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Any cash donations over that amount can be carried over for up to five years and deducted later.

The CARES Act lifts the 60% of AGI limit for cash donations made in 2020 (although there’s still a 100% of AGI limit on all charitable contributions). That means itemizers can deduct more of their charitable cash contributions this year, which will hopefully boost charitable giving. As with the new above-the-line deduction, donations to donor advised funds and supporting organizations don’t count.

 

Corporate & Business Limits Increase, as well!

 

For corporations, The CARES Act raises the annual deduction limit for eligible charitable contributions from 10% to 25% of their taxable income. This means that your company’s gift to Stratford Friends School this year can help save on federal income tax.

This article is helpful: https://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/taxes/T054-S001-cares-act-expands-charitable-giving-tax-deductions/index.html