50th Reunion Giving

As we reflect on the ways Deerfield helped us grow into our adult selves, many of us will choose to make a gift in honor of our 50th reunion.

Whatever your financial circumstances, please take time to explore your options for making a special 50th reunion gift. Just as our experiences were unique, our gifts can reflect our individuality. Please review the many different ways to give (below), and know that gifts of all types (including documented bequest intentions) will count toward our 50th grand total.

Together we can build a meaningful 50th Reunion Gift to Deerfield.

Support our 50th Reunion Class Project!

If there’s one thing that can be said about the Great Class of 1970, it’s that we know how to have a good time. It is in this spirit that our reunion committee has rallied around the idea of furnishing a game room for our 50th Reunion Class Gift. Located in the Stoltzfus Room in the Greer, the central hub of campus, this will be a proper game room, open to all and created to bring people together, away from their individual screens and dorm rooms.  Complete with billiards, pinball, foosball, air hockey, lounge furniture and more, this Game Room is a place to play, laugh, and share unpressured time in an otherwise high-pressure world.

Given how important common spaces were to our class, we couldn’t think of a better way to impact future generations of Deerfield students than to create a truly fun and unique place in which the community can gather. Please join us and make your gift to Deerfield today!

Have an impact today:

Annual Fund

Alumni, parents, and friends contribute nearly $7 million every year to Deerfield’s Annual Fund, providing a critical 10% of the Academy’s operating budget, and ensuring the very finest secondary school education for today’s students.

  • Give Now by credit card  (designate gift type as Annual Fund)
  • Mail a check (Indicate Annual Fund in memo line):
    Deerfield Academy
    P.O. Box 306
    Deerfield, MA 01342
  • Donate appreciated securities or mutual fund shares. Contact Debra Diemand for transfer instructions at ddiemand@deerfield.edu or 413-774-1839.
  • Direct up to $100,000 in current dollars from your IRA to Deerfield, rather than having to declare it at taxable income. Contact plannedgiving@deerfield.edu for instructions.

Consider planned giving options at Deerfield

  • Bequests: Name Deerfield as a beneficiary in your will, trust, or IRA. 50th Reunion gift credit is available if you provide documentation of your bequest intention.
  • Retirement Accounts: Tax-deferred retirement accounts such as IRAs can be highly taxable to your heirs. Non-profits like Deerfield can receive your IRA assets tax-free, upon your death. 50th Reunion gift credit is available if you provide documentation of your beneficiary designation.
  • Charitable Trusts: Transfer appreciated assets (including real estate or privately held stock) to a charitable remainder trust to support Deerfield, realize significant tax savings, and direct a stream of annual payments to yourself or someone else.
  • Gift Annuities: Fixed annual payments for life, guaranteed by Deerfield. Rates are based on age. Approximately 30% of the gift value is likely to be tax deductible.
  • Life Insurance: Whole life policies (with cash value) can make great charitable gifts.

For more information on planned giving opportunities contact:
Casey Vollinger
, 50th Reunion Leadership Gifts Officer: 413-774-1587 (office), cvollinger@deerfield.edu
Jessica Remillard, Administrative Assistant to Gift Planning and 50th Reunions: 413-774-1584 (office), jremillard@deerfield.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Upon graduating from Deerfield, alumni enter a diverse network of former Deerfield students. Deerfield alumni have ventured into almost every area of employment, and many are at the top of their respective fields. The advantages of this vast network are numerous and significant, as every member of the Deerfield family receives the following:

Alumni are also eligible for alumni awards, such as the Ashley Award, Heritage Award, and the Mimi Morsman Award.

There are no membership fees or dues for members of the Deerfield family, but Deerfield does ask for assistance in a few areas. First of all, in order for Deerfield to have the most up-to-date records possible, we encourage members to keep us apprised of their current contact info. Alumni are also urged to direct all concerns and suggestions regarding Deerfield’s operations through the Executive Committee, the governing body of the Alumni Association. The committee acts as the voice of the alumni body, and works closely with the school administration. In order to keep tuition affordable and the quality of a Deerfield education at its highest, the Academy depends upon the continuing support of alumni and their families. This support can take the form of annual or capital gifts, or time spent volunteering on behalf of Deerfield.

There are Deerfield Clubs in many major American cities. Please visit here for more information on specific clubs and their sponsored events. 

Of course! Be sure to read the latest issue of From Albany Road in your email’s in-box for current news of what is happening on campus. As we also send out periodic invitations, it’s always best to make sure we have your current physical address. And if you do plan on visiting campus, why not tell us ahead of time?

Contact the Office of Advancement

alumni@deerfield.edu
413-774-1474

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 306
Deerfield, MA 01342