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. Make your gift today online or by Venmo – thank you for your support!
SAVE THE DATE – Founders Day is February 16, 2022! Founders Day is our annual day of giving when the entire Williston Northampton School community comes together to support our students and faculty. Join us!
Your Gift. Your Choice.
Direct your support to an area that matters most to you. Indicate your preference on the giving form when you make your gift.
Discussion-based and technology-enhanced: collaborative, innovative small classes emphasize communication, problem-solving, research, and critical thinking.
From theater to chorus, from galleries to art studios, support our students’ life-changing creative experiences.
With more than 60 teams in 35 sports, support our scholar-athletes whose participation teaches teamwork, sportsmanship, and perseverance.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Funding for anti-racist trainings for faculty, staff, and students; increased representation and retention of Black and Brown faculty; appointment of assistant director of inclusion.
We award more than $6 million annually in financial aid to 43 percent of students. Your commitment to providing a transformative education changes lives.
Your gift goes to work immediately and supports every aspect of our mission to inspire students to live with purpose, passion, and integrity.
Ways to Give
Make your gift online by credit card.
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.
Please make checks payable to the Williston Northampton School and mail to:
Williston Northampton School
19 Payson Avenue
Easthampton, MA 01027
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 (413) 529-3300 or visiting the Advancement Office, located on the second floor of the Homestead.
Other Ways to Give (Wire, Stock, DAF, etc.)
- Wire Transfer
- Gifts of Securities
- Donor-Advised Funds
- Corporate Matching Gifts
- Planned Giving and Bequests
When using Flywire, please include a comment referencing your donation (and the amount if also paying tuition).
WIRE TRANSFER INSTRUCTIONS
For wire transfer instructions, please contact Cherrie Collins, associate director of parent giving and engagement, at (413) 529-3148 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Re: Charitable Account No. 357-898629-517
Williston Northampton School
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Attn: Nancy Oldakowski
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 (413) 529-3300 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 (413) 529-3300 or by emailing ElmTreeSociety@Williston.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
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, and school facilities—it truly shapes every aspect of your child’s experience.
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 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 Ambassadors
Become a parent ambassador for the Williston Northampton Fund. Participate in parent phonathons, and make thank you calls on or off campus. As a phonathon caller, you will be assigned eight to 10 families to contact throughout the year. Phone or email your families inviting them to join you and make their gift to the Williston Northampton Fund.
Contact Cherrie Collins, Associate Director of Parent Engagement & Giving, for more information about getting involved!