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Different People use Different Ways to Give to Different Gifts

We know these are serious times, and we are all making serious choices.
Just know that we appreciate all that you give, regardless of where, why and how much.
adds up to a lot

To view information about the different funds you can contribute to, go to
Give to Your Passion

Please go to Tell Us How to Use Your Gift for more information. If giving by mail or in person, please include a Donation Form with your gifts.

Ways to give include:

Outright Gifts of Cash
- credit card
- check

- cashier's check
- wire transfer

Planned Gifts
- Charitable Bequests
- Retirement Plan Assets
- Securities
- Life Insurance
- Personal & Real Property
Gifts-in-Kind Matching Gifts

What works best for you ?
Some of us have to dig a bit deeper to find $50.00 to $500.00 dollars to give to our favorite program, activity or project at the college. Cash by Check or Credit Card might be best for you.
Some of you feel blessed and want to make a significant contribution to the college to help ensure that we continue to give students a solid educational foundation and to make a difference in the prosperity of Cowley County and its residents. Cash by Check or Wire Transfer might work best for you.
For some of you it is time to make smart decisions in your estate planning. There are many unique ways to make a gift in your will that can produce remarkable tax-saving benefits for your estate. Estate Planning Documents would be best for you.

Gifts of cash can be given by credit card, check, cashier's check, or wire transfer. You can make donations as an outright gift or a pledge. Pledges enable you to give a large sum with multiple payments spread out over the year or multiple years.

  • Credit Card
    • Online
      Cowley College has partnered with NelNet, one of the leading educational finance companies in the United States, to provide a secure way for you to make a donation by credit card over the internet. To give a gift online, go to the Online Giving portal for instructions and a link to the Cowley College Online Giving secure site.
    • By Phone or by Hand
      You can call the Cowley College Alumni office, 620.441.5291, to make a credit card transaction by telephone, or stop by our offices located in the Administrative Wing on the lower level of Galle Johnson Hall.
  • Check or Cashier's Check
    You can mail or hand deliver your check or cashier's check. Make checks payable to "Cowley College Endowment"
    • By Mail
      Please send your check and donation form by check or money order to:
      Cowley College
      Endowment Office
      125 South 2nd Street
      Arkansas City KS 67005
    • By Hand
      Stop by the Alumni & Development office, in the Administrative Wing on the lower level of Galle-Johnson Hall, to hand deliver your check and donation form. Please call first, 620.441.5291 or 620.441.5319.
  • Wire Transfer
    If you wish to make a donation by wire transfer, please call the endowment office for instructions.

Gifts-in-kind are non-cash gifts -- tangible personal property -- that can be put to immediate use by Cowley College or immediately converted to cash.
Please talk to us about your plans, 620.441.5291 or 620.441.5319.

Matching Gifts
Please be sure to let us know if your company has a matching gift program so we can maximize your contribution!

Planned Giving
Making a bequest to a charitable organization is not only a sign of benevolence; it's the mark of savvy estate planning.
Ways to make a charitable bequest include:
- Direct Bequest
- Percentage or Residue
- Trust for Spouse
- Life Income and Lead Trust Plans
- Memorial Fund

We will work with you and your attorney to help design an estate plan tailored to your wishes. For more details on charitable bequest, go to Ways to Make a Charitable Bequest.

Retirement Plan Assets
Money accumulated in pensions, profit-sharing pans, 401(k) s, and IRAs often constitutes a substantial portion of your assets and can be highly taxed at your death. However, when left to a charity, retirement plan assets can escape both estate and income taxation and entitle your estate to a charitable estate tax deduction.

Typical gifts include common and preferred stock, mutual funds and savings bonds. These assets are often highly appreciated and easy to transfer. In order to avoid tax on the capital gain, be sure to donate the stocks themselves, not the proceeds from their sale. Securities must be held for more than one year before donation.

Life Insurance
Consider making Cowley College the beneficiary of your life insurance policy or donating policies whose coverage you no longer need, thereby reducing the size of your estate and receiving a charitable deduction for the year in which the gift was made.

Personal Property
Items such as artwork, jewelry, coins and real estate are particularly good gifts if they are related to the purpose of the charitable organization. If you have a particular use in mind, we recommend that you discuss it with our representative to make certain we can carry out your intent.

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