Ways to give back to Dean College
Giving to Dean College
Your gift to Dean College provides life-changing opportunities. Your gift opens doors and makes the impossible, possible. As a proud member of the Dean Community, your gift will keep our community strong for generations to come. No matter the amount, your generosity will have an impact.
Being a donor means supporting our students in the classroom, on the stage, on the field, and out in the world. Whether you choose to take part in the Make Your Mark campaign, volunteer at an event, or offer a monetary donation, explore all the ways you can give back to help enhance the Dean experience for future students and alumni.
How to Give
To make a gift by telephone, call us toll-free at 888-711-3326
To mail in a gift, please make your check payable to Dean College and send it to:
Office of Institutional Advancement
99 Main Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Gifts of cash make funds available for immediate use by Dean College and are fully tax-deductible for donors who itemize deductions. Checks should be made payable to Dean College. The College also accepts contributions made by Visa, American Express and MasterCard, as well as direct debit contributions from a checking or savings account.
Gifts of long-term, appreciated securities and mutual fund shares offer donors the benefits of deducting the gift (at fair market value) on the date of transfer to Dean College, thereby avoiding capital gains tax on the appreciation of the stock.
Pledges allow you to make a commitment to be given to the College over a period of time (usually not more than five years) based on an agreed-upon schedule of payment.
Bequests are a meaningful way for alumni, parents and friends to be a part of Dean College’s ongoing mission. Including the College in your will, retirement plan or life insurance policy are three possible ways of making your bequest. Our office can help you draft language for your bequest, provide information on how a bequest can reduce your estate taxes, or discuss your plans.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
An annuity or unitrust can be established by transferring cash or appreciated property (stock or real estate) to Dean College. The College, as trustee, manages the trust for you or your appointed beneficiaries. You receive an annual income of at least five percent from the trust for the remainder of your life or your beneficiaries' lifetimes, or for a term of years. You also receive a charitable deduction for your gift and, if appreciated property is used to fund the trust, you avoid the capital gains tax on the sale of the asset.
Charitable Gift Annuities
This form of giving allows you to transfer cash or securities to the College in return for an annuity that pays you or your appointed beneficiary a fixed income for life. The charitable deduction depends on the age of your beneficiaries, the annuity rate of yield, and the amount of your gift. Dean College pays charitable gift annuity income quarterly.
Charitable Lead Trusts
A lead trust offers donors with substantial assets whose estates, under current tax law, will be taxed at a higher rate. A lead trust offers a way to make a significant gift to Dean College, while at the same time benefiting their heirs.
You may make an outright gift of real estate to the College or transfer the property into a charitable trust. You may also contribute real estate to the College while reserving the right to occupy the property. Each plan has its own unique tax and income bracket.
A gift of capital assets—art, rare objects, equipment, antiques, etc. — can sometimes be given for educational purposes for the immediate benefit of the College. In order to ensure full deductibility, such gifts must possess a "related use" for the College.
Make Your Mark Campaign
Provide the opportunity for generations of future students by creating a lasting tribute by purchasing a personalized brick, contributing to the Best Seat in the House campaign, or the Dean Fund. Learn more about the Make Your Mark Campaign.