Planned Giving

to name Dawson as a beneficiary

WHY Alex Gury (‘97) participates:

1. Dawson helped him, and he wants to pay it forward.
2. It doesn’t cost him anything.
3. He can include Dawson in his plans as his plans grow.
4. It is tax free. Yes, that’s right – tax free.
A  bequest is a transfer of cash, securities, or other property through a will or a living trust. Bequests to Dawson can include cash, securities, real estate, other property, a percentage of the residue of your estate, or all the residue of your estate.
You can use these documents to:
  • Maintain control and flexibility
  • Create a permanent endowment
  • Honor a faculty member with a memorial gift
  • Receive  naming recognition for your gift
  • Support your favorite program or service
If you no longer need a life insurance policy to provide for a child’s education or to support a spouse, consider this:
You can leave a lasting legacy by simply designating the Dawson School as a beneficiary of the proceeds. Or, you can donate the policy itself and receive an income-tax deduction this year.
Insurance companies use a standard form to change a beneficiary or transfer ownership of a policy.
Please contact your agent or broker to obtain the proper form.

With a gift of life insurance you can:
  • Maintain control and flexibility
  • Create a permanent endowment
  • Honor a faculty member with a memorial gift
  • Receive naming recognition for your gift
  • Support your favorite program or service
Contact us for more information or to let us know that we are already one of your beneficiaries.  Thank you for being our partner in education.

You can help change lives, support excellence in community education and receive a new income for life with a gift annuity.

A gift annuity is a simple one-page contract. You agree to make a gift and we agree to pay you a high-rate annuity income.

Personal benefits from your gift:
  • Support of an organization that reflects your values
  • Create a memorial tribute to a loved on
  • Provide funding for your favorite program or service
Financial benefits include:
  • Reliable retirement income
  • High fixed rates for life
  • Income tax deduction
  • Partially tax-free income
  • Fund with cash, stock or real estate
 Sample One-Person Rates

A person who receives payments is called an “annuitant” or “beneficiary.” The payments are generally fixed and unchanged for the term of the contract. A portion of the payments are considered to be a partial tax-free return of the donor’s gift, which are spread in equal payments over the life expectancy of the annuitant(s). 

Please contact us if this sounds of interest to you.  We look forward to assisting you with learning more about charitable gift annuities and how they are a terrific tool for supporting education and providing income to you. 


A charitable remainder trust offers you many rewards including a new income, tax benefits and the ability to make a significant gift during your lifetime.

You can set up the trust using:
  • Cash
  • Stock
  • Real Estate
You will receive tax benefits, such as:
  • An income tax deduction
  • Estate tax relief
  • Avoiding capital gains tax by giving appreciated stock or property - such as an unwanted rental property or an unused vacation home
The income from the trust can be paid:
  • For life
  • A set number of years that you choose
  • To you and any other person
  • As a variable amount that may grow over time
  • As a fixed amount determined at the time the trust is created
You may designate your gift to:
  • Support your favorite program or service
  • Endow a named department chair
  • Provide for perpetual funding of a program

Definition of charitable remainder trust - A tax-exempt irrevocable trust designed to reduce the taxable income of individuals by first dispersing income to the beneficiaries of the trust for a set time and then donating the remainder amounts of the trust to the designated charity.


Our Legal name: Alexander Dawson Foundation
Our Tax ID no: 22-6044616
Sample bequest language for your will or living trust:

“…to the Dawson School, to be used where the need is greatest, as determined by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.”


“…to the Dawson School, to be used to support [description of specific purpose, for example, a department, service or program] at the Dawson School. However, if at some future time the Board of Trustees of the Dawson School determines that it has become impossible or impractical to effectively apply the gift made hereunder to the restricted purpose specified (e.g., because a specified department, service or program no longer exists or its operation has been substantially reduced or changed), then the gift made hereunder shall be used where the need is greatest at the Dawson School, as determined by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. My gift is to be used to expand this program and should be used only after funds already budgeted for the program have been expended.”

WHY the Stoner Family participates in Planned Giving:

1. It’s simple
2. It benefits Dawson, which benefits Molly (‘15)
3. It gives the Stoners a deduction today as well as providing an income stream for Dawson tomorrow.

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WE RECEIVE MORE THAN WE GIVE through a Charitable Remainder Trust

WHY the Shams Family participates in Planned Giving:

1.  Leave a legacy to Dawson.
2. Honor David ‘01, Alex ‘08, Christiana ‘10, Nina ‘15, and Jack ‘18.
3. Take advantage of a CRT, a simple, tax-favorable estate planning tool allowing them to support their family and Dawson.