Ways to Give

Give an Individual Cash Gift

Donations from individuals are critical to advancing our mission. To make a cash gift, donate at any time and in any amount through the Give Now button above. Giving by personal check or disbursement check (i.e., from a charitable giving account, donor advised fund, investment account) should be mailed to Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, P.O. Box 551, Belmont, NC 28012.

Join our Sustainer Circle with a Recurring Gift

Make it easy on yourself by setting up a recurring gift. A recurring gift is an ongoing, specific gift amount determined by a donor that is charged in increments (monthly, quarterly, semi-annually) to a donor’s credit card or through an ACH transaction from a bank account. This type of donation helps CofS feel confident of your continued support. This is a terrific way to budget your giving and support CofS all year long.

Set up a Matching Gift with your Employer 

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match contributions made by their employees to charitable organizations. With corporate matching, in most cases, you can double the impact of your donation to the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation (CofS).

It is easy. When making your gift to the Circle of Sisterhood, check first with your human resources department to see if your employer has a corporate matching gift program. A matching gift enables you to give more to help support our mission and we would be incredibly grateful. Some corporations even monetize volunteer hours donated to the charity of your choice too. CofS will help you to verify your donation from your employer if needed. Keep in mind that most corporations have a 90-day window to apply for a match.

There are thousands of companies who have matching gift programs.  Below are the corporations that have matched gifts to CofS made by their employees:

  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
  • Corning Incorporated Foundation
  • Exxon Mobil Foundation
  • Geode Capital Management, LLC
  • Grange Insurance
  • Illinois Tool Works Foundation
  • Level 10
  • Lilly US Matching Gifts Program
  • Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
  • Rust-Oleum Corporation
  • SAP Matching Gift Program
  • The Boeing Company Gift Match/BPAC Program
  • The GE Foundation
  • Verizon Foundation

Join our Legacy Circle with a Planned Gift

Did you know that proper estate planning allows you to leave legacy gifts for the causes that you care about without impacting your current financial situation? Planned Giving allows altruistic individuals to make larger gifts to their favorite charitable organizations than they could annually from discretionary income and ensures the perpetuity of your support.

The easiest way to support the Circle of Sisterhood in this way would be to include CofS as a beneficiary in your will or trust, your retirement account, or your life insurance policy. There are more sophisticated options that you can learn more about through consultation with your tax advisor or financial professional. Have you considered this kind of giving to the Circle of Sisterhood? We would deeply appreciate you doing so!

Give a Gifts of Securities

Gifts of stocks, bonds, or other securities can be one of the most advantageous ways of giving. Gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, or other securities will receive a tax deduction based on the value of the security on the date of the gift. With long-term appreciated securities (those held longer than 12 months), you will receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair-market value of your gift and avoid paying capital gains tax on the appreciation.

For more information about CofS planned gift opportunities, please reach out to us at gifts@circleofsisterhood.org. Or, if you have already arranged this type of legacy gift, complete the Legacy Circle form here.

Support our Day of Giving – September 30

An exciting 24 hours on the Circle of Sisterhood calendar – and a way to celebrate our founding – our Day of Giving is when supporters come together to help CofS through a matched gift provided by former and current CofS Trustees. We are overwhelmed each year by the selfless generosity of students, alumnae, friends, family, businesses, and more within our donor community.

This day is an exciting time for our supporters to engage their circle of influence (friends, family, sorority sisters, etc.) in this effort. You could host a small fundraiser in your home or establish a fundraising page and ask your circle of influence to give $53 as an example. Why $53? Because $53 in many parts of the world can provide a girl with everything she needs for a full year of schooling – tuition, books, uniform, and a nutritious meal every day.

There are so many options. Create a fundraising page or check out all the ideas here: https://circleofsisterhood.org/raise-money/

It is moving to see so many share our passion and support our mission to remove barriers to education for girls and women in so many ways and we thank you for your commitment to equity in education.