50th Reunion Giving

In these most unique times, we have two classes celebrating their 50th reunions this year at Deerfield. As you all reflect on the ways Deerfield has impacted your lives, many of you 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 your experiences were unique, your gifts can reflect your individuality. Please review the many different ways to give (below), and know that gifts of all types (including documented bequest intentions) will count toward your 50th grand total.

The Great Class of 1970

Support our 50th Reunion Class Project!

If there’s one thing that can be said about our class, it’s that we know how to have a good time, so we’re the perfect group to furnish a game room for Deerfield students. This is also our chance to make our mark on a Deerfield tradition, in which the 50th Reunion Class makes a significant gift to the Academy.

Located near the Greer Store, the official hub of campus, the game room—complete with billiards, pinball, foosball, air hockey, and lounge furniture—is designed to bring students together and will be one of the few indoor areas on campus where the community can socialize. Now more than ever, students need spaces to gather, away from their screens and dorm rooms, to hang out and have fun, particularly during this unusual academic year, where the normal rhythms and rituals of school life have been upended.

Given how important common spaces were to our class, we couldn’t think of a better way to support today’s students. Please join us and make your gift to Deerfield today!

 

The Great Class of 1971

The Class of 1971 Financial Aid Fund

This endowed fund seeks to aid the Academy in its effort to attract and admit the most qualified students, day and boarding alike. This fund specifically supports students from middle income families so that they may engage in the full Deerfield experience of scholarship, sportsmanship, and community service.

Please join us and make your gift to Deerfield today!

Additional ways to make an impact:

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.

Gift Planning

  • 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.

Capital Giving

  • Facilities Gifts: Over the years, gifts to build, renovate, and restore facilities have helped Deerfield keep pace with the changing needs of students and faculty. Capital projects for facilities include the renovation of The Hess Center for the Arts in 2014, the Boyden Library in 2016, the Athletics Complex in 2018 and the Health and Wellness Center in 2019.
  • Endowment Gifts: The school invests gifts that are designated to endowment with the income directed toward the purpose the donor selects. Only the income from the principal is spent, ensuring that the gift continues in perpetuity, helping to safeguard Deerfield’s finances through changing economic times. There are a number of endowment opportunities available. A list of current endowed funds can be found here.

 

The earnings on endowed funds are used in perpetuity to support the academy’s programs and goals. Because the principal of the fund is never spent, it can generate greater earnings over time. Income from endowed funds provides thirty-two percent of the operating budget of the school. Annual giving income, by contrast, is spent the same year it is given and is used entirely in support of the operating budget of the school.

Donors may set up a restricted endowed fund in which they designate endowment income for a certain purpose. Donors may also opt to create an unrestricted endowed fund, which leaves the spending of income at the discretion of the school. This is most beneficial, because it allows the Head of School and the Board of Trustees the flexibility to direct the income to the area of greatest need at Deerfield.

Donors may set up a restricted endowed fund in which they designate endowment income for a certain purpose. Donors may also opt to create an unrestricted endowed fund, which leaves the spending of income at the discretion of the school. This is most beneficial, because it allows the Head of School and the Board of Trustees the flexibility to direct the income to the area of greatest need at Deerfield.

The Trustees of Deerfield Academy actively manage over 400 endowed funds, protecting the desires of donors and ensuring healthy growth of these assets. Deerfield’s investment policy creates a growing stream of revenue, while protecting and producing funds for reinvestment. Donors receive yearly updates in the ‘Summary of Endowed Funds’ section of the Deerfield Annual Report, and in appropriate individual reports as well.

Endowed funds can be established with outright gifts of cash or stock, through pledges to complete funding over several years, or through planned gifts (with a direct bequest, a charitable gift annuity, or a pooled income fund). Families can also join resources to create an endowed fund, allowing their gifts to have a greater impact and creating unique multi-generational ties to the school. Various naming opportunities and gift levels for establishing an endowed fund are illustrated here, with suggested options that may appeal to you. These are provided as a general guide towards further thought and discussion specific to your individual wishes and resources.

We honor your trust in us and protect the intent of every gift. For gifting purposes and official documents, Deerfield should be referred to as “Trustees of Deerfield Academy.”

For more information, please contact Rachel Moore, Director of Development, at 413-774-1872 or rmoore@deerfield.edu.

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