Gifts of Cash

Cash contributions may be made by check, money order or credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express) through one gift or installments. Gifts may be doubled or tripled through matching gift plans with employers.

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Gifts of Securities

Appreciated stocks, bonds, closely-held stock in family businesses or other property may be given to Bethany. The value of the gift is determined by the average market value of the stock on the date the gift is transferred to Bethany. For further details contact your broker and a member of the Bethany Development Staff.

Gifts of Personal Property

Bethany accepts gifts of art, jewelry, antiques, rare books, manuscripts and similar property. Should you choose this type of gift, you will need to secure an independent appraisal of the value for tax purposes.

Gifts of Real Estate

Real estate may provide a convenient way to support the College. You may contribute real estate as an outright or deferred gift. For example, a donor can make a gift of a home or farm while retaining life tenancy. Contact a member of the Development Staff for further information.


Bequests are the most common form of planned giving. With a bequest, you make provisions for Bethany in your will, designating either a dollar amount or percentage of your estate to the College. Whatever the amount, bequests to Bethany are free from federal estate tax and the estate and inheritance taxes of most states. Bequests should be drawn and executed with your attorney's advice.

Gifts of Life Insurance

You may assign Bethany as a beneficiary or co-beneficiary of your life insurance policy. When Bethany is named as the owner of the policy and/or the irrevocable beneficiary, the cash value of the policy may be deducted on your income tax return. Premiums paid thereafter also are income tax deductible.