Some of the most common ways to make a gift to Elizabethtown College are to write a check, make a gift using a credit card, or donate online.

A gift of cash could be right for you if:

  • You want the easiest way to donate to the College. 
  • You want the largest possible income tax charitable deduction for your gift.
  • You would like to make the gift to the College that has the greatest immediate impact.

How It Works

You make a gift of cash directly to the College and you receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction.

How Your Gift Helps

Your gifts to Elizabeth College help to provide a transformative educational experience that cultivates personal strengths and develops a passion for lifelong learning and purposeful work. It will provide Elizabeth College with the resources to…

Offer programs of study and development, helping students understand and effectively engage with other cultures and globalization of life and work. Prepare students to live in ways that reflect their individual commitments, respond to the needs of others, and value personal and ethical integrity. Foster an understanding of education for a life of purpose based on a holistic model of student development.


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What is an outright gift of cash?

An outright gift of cash is when you transfer funds to Elizabethtown College and get nothing of financial value in return. The most common way for donors to make an outright gift is to write a check payable to Elizabethtown College.

Gift provides immediate support

Unlike some other gift arrangements, your outright gift will provide resources that the College can put to immediate use. If you prefer to restrict our use of your gift in any way, please contact us so that we can be sure that we can carry out your wishes.   

Maximum tax savings

You may deduct the full amount of your donation up to 60% of your adjusted gross income, providing tax savings if you itemize. You may carry forward all of your unused deduction for up to five additional years.

Ways to give cash

Most donors make an outright gift by writing a check payable to Elizabethtown College and mailing it to us. You may also make a cash gift using your credit card.


Allison Avila would like to make an immediate $15,000 gift to Elizabethtown College. Allison could write a check for this amount and earn a charitable deduction equal to $15,000. Alternatively, Allison could make a gift using her credit card by calling us on the phone, responding to a mailing, or by donating online through our website. Gifts of checks and gifts made via credit cards are considered cash gifts.


  • Allison may deduct up to 60% of her adjusted gross income for her gift of cash, providing tax savings if she itemizes.
  • If Allison itemizes deductions but cannot use the entire deduction in the year of gift, she may carry the balance forward for up to five additional years. 
  • Assuming Allison itemizes deductions and can use her entire income tax charitable deduction of $15,000, she will save her $5,550 (37% tax).
  • Allison will gain the satisfaction of making a $15,000 gift to the College.