Parent Giving

The Williston Northampton Fund raises annual, financial support for the school, benefits all academic and extracurricular programs, campus improvements, and funds faculty development. Williston parents play an integral role in supporting and enhancing every student’s educational experience. Giving to the Williston Northampton Fund is a powerful way parents can make a difference in the lives of our faculty and students.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Williston Northampton Fund?

    Gifts to The Williston Northampton Fund flow directly into the school’s operating budget and help bridge the gap between tuition and the cost to operate the school. Gifts throughout the year from our parents, alumni, and friends go to work immediately. Each gift directly supports and inspires our faculty and students. The Williston Northampton Fund runs from July 1–June 30 annually.

  • Why should I support the Williston Northampton Fund when I am paying tuition?

    Tuition covers approximately 75 percent of the actual cost to attend Williston; the remaining 25 percent comes largely from annual giving. Every family benefits from the generosity made possible through gifts to the Williston Northampton Fund. Unlike tuition, gifts to the Williston Northampton Fund are tax-deductible. By joining with other parents, together you help faculty and students achieve their potential while enhancing the school’s commitment to academic excellence.

  • How will Williston Spend the money raised?

    Every dollar raised goes directly into the current operating budget. Your support enriches our faculty and classrooms, theater and arts programs, athletics, school facilities, and shapes every aspect of your child’s experience.

  • How much do families give?

    A gift of any size truly makes a difference and your participation matters. Every year, Williston strives for 100 percent participation from our parents. Gifts from parents account for 45 percent of the total raised to the Williston Northampton Fund. Collectively, Williston parents CAN make a difference while providing the greatest opportunities for our Wildcats!

  • Can I make a gift in honor of someone?

    Yes, you may make a gift in honor of someone who has made an impact on your child’s Williston experience. Simply indicate who you would like to honor on the gift form.

  • What are the parent volunteer opportunities at Williston?

    We welcome parent volunteers and have many different ways you can get involved. Below are just a few:

    Regional Event Host

    Help us bring Williston Northampton to you! Open your home or office to local alumni, families, and friends of the school or host an event at a cool local venue. We’ll provide the party favors.

    New Family Mentor

    Call new families prior to the start of the school year to welcome them to the Williston community, or greet parents during Welcome Days. Contact new families prior to the start of the year to answer questions, provide advice, and share your experiences.

    On-Campus Event Ambassador

    Greet families at registration during Welcome Days, Family Weekend, and other campus events.

    Williston Northampton Fund Parent Class Chairs and Phonathon Callers

    Become a parent class chair for the Williston Northampton Fund or a phonathon caller. Participate in parent phonathons, and make thank you calls on or off campus. As a phonathon caller, you will be assigned 8–10 families to contact and manage throughout the year. Phone or email your families’ inviting them to join you and make their gift to the Williston Northampton Fund.


Your Gift. Your Choice.

Direct your support to an area that matters most to you. Indicate your preference on the giving form after you make your gift.

Academics

Discussion-based and technology-enhanced: collaborative, innovative small classes emphasize communication, problem-solving, research, and critical thinking.

The Arts

From theater to chorus, from galleries to state-of-the-art studios, support students in experiencing the joy of creativity.

Athletics

More than 60 teams in 35 sports. Support our scholar-athletes whose participation teaches teamwork, sportsmanship, and perseverance.

Campus

Maintaining our historic, 125-acre campus is no small undertaking. From dorms to the Reed campus center, to our theatre and turf fields, your gift keeps our campus running!

Faculty

Our faculty are committed teachers, mentors, coaches, and dorm parents. We recruit and retain the very best. Help support them with professional development and advanced degree opportunities.

Financial Aid

We award more than $6 million annually in financial aid to 43 percent of students. Your commitment to providing a transformative education changes lives.


Ways to Give

  • Online

    Make your gift online by credit card

  • Venmo

  • Monthly recurring gift

    BECOME A SUSTAINING DONOR – Simple Action. Big Impact.

    When you become a sustaining donor to The Williston Northampton School by setting up a monthly or annual recurring gift, your gift will work all year long.

    • It’s Easy. Set up your gift once, and you’re done
    • It’s Economical. Give regular amounts that fit your budget
    • It’s Green. Once your gift is in place, you won’t receive any other solicitations
    • It’s Meaningful. Your gift is an investment in our students and faculty
    • Sustaining donors become members of our Green and Blue Loyalty Society immediately.

    Make your sustaining gift to Williston today.

  • Mail

    Please make checks payable to the Williston Northampton School and mail to:

    Williston Northampton School
    Advancement Office
    19 Payson Avenue
    Easthampton, MA 01027

  • Phone/In Person

    You may make a gift with a check or with the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover. Gifts can be charged to a credit card by calling (800) 469-4559 or visiting the Advancement Office, located on the second floor of the Homestead.

  • Other Ways to Give (Wire, Stock, DAF, etc.)

    Flywire

    When using Flywire, please include a comment referencing your donation (and the amount if also paying tuition).


    Wire Transfer

    INTERNATIONAL WIRE TRANSFER INSTRUCTIONS

    Intermediary Bank:
    Swift: NORHUS33
    Bank Name: Banker’s Bank Northeast
    Bank Address:
    300 Winding Brook Drive
    Glastonbury, CT 06033
    ABA #: 011110617

    Beneficiary Bank:
    Account #: 1022
    Bank Name: Farmington Bank
    Bank Address:
    32 Main Street
    Farmington, CT 06032

    Beneficiary: The Williston Northampton School
    19 Payson Avenue
    Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027
    Account #: 850420614

    DOMESTIC WIRE TRANSFER INSTRUCTIONS

    Receiving Bank:
    Farmington Bank
    One Farm Glen Boulevard
    Farmington, CT 06032
    (877) 376-2265
    ABA #: 211170347

    Beneficiary: The Williston Northampton School
    19 Payson Avenue
    Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027
    Beneficiary Account #: 850420614


    Gifts of securities

    Giving appreciated stocks or bonds that you have held for more than one year is one of the most tax-advantageous ways to give. With certain limitations, you can deduct the full fair market value of long-term appreciated securities and usually avoid the tax on the gain.

    If the stock is in street name in a brokerage account:

    1. The donor’s broker may wire the stock to Williston Northampton’s account at the following wire address:

    DTC #0015
    Re: Charitable Account No. 357-898629-517
    Williston Northampton School
    Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
    Worcester, MA
    Attn: Nancy Oldakowski
    (800) 451-4027

    2. For all transfers please put the following language in the memo field: “Williston Northampton School Gift”

    3. Alternatively donor’s broker may open an account in the school’s name and transfer the securities into that account. Please have the donor’s broker call the Chief Advancement Officer, Eric Yates at (413) 529-3306.

    It is very important that the donor or the donor’s broker call the Advancement Office (800-469-4559) to notify the school that a wire transfer is occurring. When the donor has possession of a stock certificate in his or her name: the donor should mail the unsigned certificate by certified or regular mail to Eric Yates, Chief Advancement Officer, Williston Northampton School, 19 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA 01027. Under separate cover by regular mail, the donor should send to the same address a stock power signed exactly as the donor’s name appears on the stock certificate but not filled out otherwise. In addition, the donor must also include a signed security release form (only the shaded portion need be filled in.) Both these forms may be obtained by calling the Advancement Office. Stock powers may also be obtained at banks or brokerage houses. Please note that in order to receive proper credit for capital gains tax purposes, it is imperative that the stock is sold in the school’s account and not the account of the donor.


    Donor Advised Funds

    To make a gift through a donor advised fund (e.g., Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab, or a local community foundation), please complete the form below.


    Corporate Matching Gifts

    Double the impact of your gift! Many corporations offer matching gift programs to their employees and their families. Simply obtain a matching gift form, normally from your company’s human resource department, complete the necessary information and return it to the school with your gift.


    Planned Giving and Bequests

    Planned gifts can provide income to Williston Northampton for years into the future while at the same time providing a benefit to the donor. For more information, visit our Planned Giving page, or contact the Advancement Office at (800) 469-4559 or by emailing Patrick Burke, director of advancement.


Recognition Societies

Our three recognition societies are just one of the many ways we thank you for gift, celebrating leadership, loyalty and legacy – please join us!


2017-2018 Parent Giving by the Numbers

75%
Percentage of parents who gave to Williston
64
Number of parents who gave $1,841 or more
$100
Median gift given by parents
$619K
Amount of money donated by parents
$1-$50K
Parents gave gifts ranging from $1 to $50,000

Thank you!

Your investment in the Williston Northampton School supports expansive and immersive learning, professional growth opportunities for our faculty, and financial aid to more than 40 percent of our student body.

Contact Us

If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please contact Cherrie Collins, Associate Director of Parent Engagement and Giving at (413) 529-3148 or by email.