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Giving to Fisher

Who’s counting? We are! Fisher College depends on philanthropic gifts. Annual giving supports the values and experiences that are the hallmark of a Fisher education. These assurances are a small class size, the ability to attract and retain stellar faculty, to maintain our historic and beautiful facilities, to support students through scholarship and academic services. 

 

Gifts

Matching Gifts

Did you know that you can double or even triple the impact of your annual contribution with a matching gift from your employer?

Many companies match employees' donations made to non-profit organizations. Fisher has received matching gifts from Verizon, Ernst & Young, and Bank of America, but your small- or mid-sized company may also participate. Ask your company's Human Resource department to find out if your company has a matching gift policy.
 

Please ask your employer for eligibility requirements, guidelines, and the appropriate matching gift forms (and if your employer doesn't currently sponsor a matching gift program, then ask how such a program could be started).

Once you have received the matching gift form from your employer, complete the employee portion of the form and mail it, along with your gift, to:

Office of Institutional Advancement
Fisher College
118 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116

Planned Gifts

Established in 2006, The E.H. & M.C. Fisher Legacy Society was founded to honor those who have taken the special step of including Fisher College in their long-term plans through a bequest provision in their will or trust, a life-income gift or other estate-related giving arrangement. The members have helped create awareness for supporting Fisher College through thoughtful gift planning. 

Solidifying the future of Fisher can be simple and satisfying - and make a difference in the lives of many students. 

Bequest 
A gift made through a will is a simple and high-impact way to support Fisher College, and can be for a specific amount, a percentage, or a residual portion. 

Example: In her will, Lea C. Pearson '42 requested that two shares of her estate - which amounted to a $30,000 gift - be given to Fisher College.

Bequest Sample Language

Assignment
Insurance policies and retirement benefits such as pensions and IRA accounts can be assigned by naming Fisher College as the beneficiary. 

Example: Joan Rubin Fixler ‘76 named Fisher as the beneficiary of a portion of her IRA, noting, "There are things that stand out when you review your life and my experience at Fisher was defining. I am proud to include Fisher in my long-term plans."

Trust 
A trust allows a donor to use stocks and other assets - and receive current tax benefits - while declaring their commitment to Fisher. 

Example: A charitable lead trust valued at $322,000 - the largest gift in Fisher history now administered by the Cape Cod Foundation - was made by Charles A. Wintermeyer, Sr., a former administrator of Fisher College, who served as the director of several Accelerated and Professional Studies sites.

Charitable Gift Annuity
A donor may earn income throughout their life (payable quarterly) based on their age and the amount of the contribution. A minimum contribution of $10,000 is required. Tax advantages include a partial tax exemption on the annuity income and a charitable income tax deduction for a portion of the contribution. Fisher College is proudly partnered with The Cape Cod Foundation to help facilitate with this type of gift. 

Restricted Endowment

A durable gift made with a specific purpose.

If you have already named Fisher in any of these instruments, please let us know and you will be added to the E.H. and M.C. Fisher Legacy Society. Your gift could inspire others to do the same. Anonymity is assured upon request.

This information is intended to be illustrative only. Please consult your attorney or tax advisor.

118 Beacon Society

For more than 75 years, 118 Beacon Street has served as home to Fisher College and as a haven to its students. Thousands of students have ascended the marble staircase in the grand lobby in their quest for knowledge. In many ways, that iconic staircase symbolizes the transformative power of a Fisher College education.

Unfortunately, many would-be Fisher students cannot obtain a college degree because they do not have the financial resources to pay for higher education. They recognize the value of the opportunities offered by Fisher College, but without help the doors to 118 Beacon remain closed. Opening these doors requires not only the courage to dream of a brighter future but also the financial assistance to make that dream a reality.

Now more than ever, Fisher College students need our support. Therefore, for the first time in its history, the College is launching a scholarship fund — the Fisher Faithful Fund. By donating $1,000, you will become a member of the 118 Beacon Society and forever be identified as a founder of the Fisher Faithful Fund. Your tax-deductible gift will ensure students are able to claim their rightful place within the walls of 118 Beacon Street, fulfilling their dreams of obtaining a college education.

For more information about becoming part of the 118 Beacon Society please contact 617-236-8822 or alumni@fisher.edu.

How to Give

Check

Make payable to Fisher College and mail to: 

Fisher College
Office of Institutional Advancement
118 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
 
Credit Card
We accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express. For additional information contact the alumni@fisher.edu or call 617-670-4419.
 
Wire Transfers, Gifts of Stocks and Securities 
Specific information on how to initiate a wire transfer must be initiated at your bank, as well as how to give a gift of stock or securities. 
 
 

“I am an active member of the Fisher College community and love my position as a Resident Assistant on campus. Being involved has brought me so much joy and lifelong friends, all while making my college experience special so far. If it were not for the generous scholarships Fisher offered to me, I know I would not be where I am today.”  

Abby Azzarito ’17