Methods of Giving

GIFTS OF STOCK OR SECURITIES

If you contribute appreciated securities to Ravenscroft, you may receive a twofold income tax benefit: a charitable deduction for the present fair market value and avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation. For instructions about how to make your gift, click here.

MATCHING GIFTS

Does your company match charitable gifts? Find out by visiting the matching gift search page. They may be able to help you double or triple the amount of your contribution!

Ravenscroft school's gift year ends June 30, but you may want to contribute by December 31 to take advantage of current year tax benefits.

LEGACY GIVING

Since our founding, individuals dedicated to our long-term success have set up planned gifts for the benefit of our students, teachers and programs. Learn More. 

Recurring Gifts

Recurring gifts are an easy way to make a big impact that works for your budget and schedule. Visit our Online Giving form to make your gift. Signing up for a recurring gift is a great way to help Ravenscroft by providing steady, reliable funding for students and faculty through a monthly, weekly, quarterly or annual gift to the School. 

Donor Advised Fund

Ravenscroft welcomes donors to recommend grants from their Donor Advised Funds, also know as a DAF. A donor advised fund is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes. If you have a donor advised fund, DAF Direct enables you to recommend grants to Ravenscroft directly from your DAF (as long as your DAF’s sponsoring organization is participating).

CASH OR CREDIT CARDS

Donors may make gifts by cash, check or credit card. You can make your donation or pledge online using our secure Online Giving form.


 

If you would like to make a pledge or arrange for automatic monthly charges to your credit card, please contact Jennifer Gerber.

The Family of Funds supports Ravenscroft School’s operating budget. The Board of Trustees retains the discretion to use the funds to support the school’s general operations should contributions received for a particular fund exceed the expenditure limits approved by the Board for a particular fund.

 
 

Giving Options

Below are additional ways you can have an impact on Ravenscroft’s transformational educational experience.

 

Endowments

“To forever fund and employ a teacher”

There are two ways to give endowed funds:

  • Gifts of any amount can be given to an existing endowment. Income will be used annually to support the aims of the fund.
  • Endowment funds can be established and named with a gift of $25,000 or more. The specific aim of the fund will be established by the donor.
  • Click here to see a list of our endowments.

Starting with the very first gift to Ravenscroft in 1862 by Dr. Josiah Ogden Watson, “Five Thousand Dollars out of my State Bonds—in trust, that they will invest the same in some safe stock and cause the interest to be so applied forever as to fund and employ a teacher...,” visionary philanthropists have seen endowments as an effective way to ensure that the mission of the school will be fulfilled with successive generations of students and families.

Thank You to Our Corporate Partners!

Corporate Partners support the Ravenscroft experience through their generosity and involvement.

Interested in showing your support while also advertising your services to a highly coveted audience? Please contact for more information: 

Kristen O’Connell, Director of Stewardship
919-847-0900.


Gold Partners

Johnson Lexus
North Ridge Country Club

 

Silver Partners

Gladwell Orthodontics
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
Triangle Dentistry
Wells Orthodontics
Winston’s Grille
PDQ
Urban Food Group

 

Bronze Partners

Moore & Johnson Insurance
Newcomb and Company
Wake Orthodontics &
Pediatric Dentistry
Trek Bicycles of Raleigh
Carolina TMJ & Facial Pain Center
Salon Blu
Zaytoun Orthodontics
Stansell Dentistry
Avalaire

EMERALD PARTNERS

Trailblazer Studios
Launching Pad Trampoline Park
Drees Homes
 

 

The Josiah Ogden Watson Society

 

Your planned gift makes you a member of the Josiah Watson Society, which honors and recognizes individuals who provide for Ravenscroft through bequests, trusts, retirement fund gifts, life insurance, real estate, and other planned gifts. There is no minimum required to join. No gift is too small or too large!

To learn more about the ways you can design a planned gift to match your financial situation, contact Phil Higginson, Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement, or Anna White Hosea ’98, Director of Development, or call 919-847-0900.

Did you know that is possible to make a gift in support of our mission while also ensuring you meet your needs for your lifetime and those of your loved ones? These giving techniques are called “planned gifts” because through a bit of easy gift planning, you, your family and Ravenscroft all benefit.

A planned gift to Ravenscroft may cost you nothing out of pocket today or may be able to provide you or a loved one with life income.

Discover the Benefits of Giving Wisely

With over a million charities in the United States alone, there are many ways that you can allocate your charitable dollars. We sincerely appreciate your interest in supporting Ravenscroft School. Since 1862, Ravenscroft has been dedicated to serving our mission of nurturing individual potential and preparing students to thrive in a complex and interdependent world.

Did you know that is possible for you to make a gift in support of our mission while also ensuring you meet your needs for your lifetime and those of your loved ones? These giving techniques are called “planned gifts” because through a bit of easy planning, you, your family and Ravenscroft all benefit.

Please take your time and learn about:

  • Gifts that cost you nothing out of pocket today
  • Donors who have invested in our long-term mission
  • The benefits of joining our legacy society

Our Legacy Society 

Since our founding, individuals dedicated to our long-term success have set up planned gifts for the benefit of our students, teachers and programs. Some donors included us as a beneficiary of their will, retirement plan (401(k), 403(b), IRA, etc.) or life insurance policy while others added to our endowment to continue their annual support after they were gone. Each of these individuals believed in our mission and wanted to be sure we could continue to thrive and grow into the future. For this special group, we created the Josiah Ogden Watson Society. The Josiah Ogden Watson Society is open to all individuals who have named us in their long-term plans or created an endowment for our benefit. 

The Society is named for Dr. Josiah Ogden Watson, a physician and prominent North Carolina statesman. Shortly before his death, Dr. Watson willed “Five Thousand Dollars out of my State Bonds... to fund and employ a teacher of a Parish school for Christ Church Raleigh.” From the early days of this school at Christ Church in downtown Raleigh, grew the school we know today as Ravenscroft. Dr. Watson’s bequest reflected his deep belief in investing in the education of young people and established a tradition of giving which has sustained since our early years. 

 

Gifts Anyone Can Make  

Some gifts do not have to cost you anything today but support our mission in the future. These gifts include naming Ravenscroft as a beneficiary of your:

  • Will or living trust 
  • Qualified retirement plan (IRA, 403(b), 401(k), etc.) 
  • Life insurance policy 
  • Donor-advised fund 

See sample language for these gifts below

 

HOW IT WORKS

  • Name Ravenscroft in your will, codicil to your will, living trust or as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance policy or donor-advised fund
  • Designate your gift for a particular purpose that is important to you, or allow us to use the gift where the need is greatest at the time it matures
  • Indicate a set amount, a percentage or the remaining balance to benefit our mission

Benefits

  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime
  • You can modify your gift at any time to address changing circumstances
  • You can direct your gift to a particular purpose (be sure to check with us to make sure your gift can be used as intended)
  • Under current federal tax law there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable gifts

Sample Language

Residual Bequest Language

A residual bequest comes to us after your estate expenses and specific bequests are paid:

I give and devise to Ravenscroft, located in Raleigh, NC, all (or state a percentage) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used where it determines the need is greatest (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

LIFE INSURANCE POLICY AND DAF BENEFICIARY LANGUAGE

As with retirement plans, naming Ravenscroft as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or your donor-advised fund is as simple as filling in a change of beneficiary form from your plan/fund administrator. Be sure to let us know you have named us as the beneficiary so we can contact the insurance company or fund at the appropriate time and put your gift to work as you intend.

SPECIFIC GIFT LANGUAGE

Naming us as a beneficiary of a specific amount from your estate is easy:

I give and devise to Ravenscroft, located in Raleigh, NC, the sum of $___ to be used where it determines the need is greatest (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

Retirement Plan Beneficiary Language

Naming us as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or profit-sharing pension plan will accomplish your charitable goals while realizing significant tax savings. It can be costly to pass such assets on to heirs because of heavy tax consequences. By naming Ravenscroft as a beneficiary of all or a percentage of your retirement plan, you maintain complete control over the assets while living, but at your passing the remaining assets pass to Ravenscroft free of both estate and income taxes.

Making a charitable gift from your retirement plan is easy. Simply fill out a change of beneficiary form from your plan administrator and notify us. We can also assist you with the proper language for your beneficiary designation to Ravenscroft.


Professional Advisors

Tax Identification Number: forthcoming
Legal Name: Ravenscroft School, Inc.
State of Business: North Carolina

Questions?

Please give us a call

 
Phil Higginson Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement 919-847-0900 (2232) phigginson@ravenscroft.org

Phil Higginson

Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement

919-847-0900 (2232)
phigginson@ravenscroft.org

 
Deborah Thompson Director of Capital Giving 919-847-0900 (2824) deborah.thompson@ravenscroft.org

Deborah Thompson

Director of Capital Giving

919-847-0900 (2824)
deborah.thompson@ravenscroft.org