Ways to Give

You can support Birchwood School in many ways. Below are some of the most common assets people give to support the mission and vision of Birchwood:


Gifts of cash are the fastest and easiest way to support Birchwood. The school enjoys the immediate benefit of your donation, and, of course, cash gifts provide a higher deduction on your taxable income than gifts of appreciated property.

Annual Gifts

Annual gifts are integral to Birchwood’s continued success. They allow us to expand educational programming and complement the work we already do with new engaging projects.

Tribute and Memorial Gifts

Honor a friend, family member or beloved teacher; mark a special occasion; or memorialize a loved one with a gift to Birchwood School.

Appreciated Securities

Using appreciated securities to make your gift can deliver more tax benefits to you than using cash.

Personal Property

Personal property includes items like artwork, books, furniture, etc. Birchwood can often use these items throughout the building or as donations to the annual International Festival and Auction (IFA). Benefits include:

  • Gift recognition from the school, immediate tax deduction for the appraised
    value of the gift, and no capital gains tax provided the donation meets the IRS’
    “related use” requirements.
  • Make a meaningful gift without adversely affecting your immediate cash flow.

Planned Gifts

At Birchwood School, planned giving is simple: designate the school as a beneficiary in your will. Contact Laura Giust at 440-423-2140 for more information.


Endowment gifts are significant donations that provide permanent annual support for Birchwood School. You can endow a scholarship or an academic chair. Establish a permanent legacy and inspire others.

Matching Gifts

If your employer matches gifts, and more than 1,000 do, you can double the impact of your gift to Birchwood. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable. As each company has its own policies and procedures, please contact your benefits department for more information.

Benefit Events

Sponsorship of and participation in benefit events are great ways to support the Birchwood School mission. Contact Laura Giust at lgiust@birchwoodschool.org or 440-423-2140 or  to learn more about benefit events at Birchwood.



Volunteers have been vital to Birchwood’s success from the very beginning. Today, we ask all families to donate five hours to the school, but for those looking to be more involved or for companies seeking to host a service day, Birchwood School has an opportunity for you.

For more information on these or any other gifts, please contact Laura Giust at lgiust@birchwoodschool.org or 440-423-2140.


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