How Do I Make a Gift?
There are several ways in which you can make a gift to the JCC Foundation. You can make a gift or pledge online; call us at 716.338.1010 or toll free at 800.388.8557, extension 1010; or send a gift in the mail.
Why Should I Support the JCC Foundation?
The JCC Foundation works to support JCC in several ways: by helping to attract excellent students; by providing access to higher education by worthy and deserving students who demonstrate financial need; by encouraging students from our region to remain in the local workforce; and by promoting community involvement in the life of the College. The JCC Foundation's far-reaching goals are met only through the support of civic and business leaders, community partners, faculty and staff, alumni, and friends of the College. Service to others is implicit in the JCC Foundation's mission and goals. We serve three groups: Jamestown Community College, the College's students, and our many supporters.
- We serve Jamestown Community College by raising funds in support of critical College needs and opportunities. This financial support helps enrich and transform the College.
- We serve the College's students by providing scholarships and other financial assistance to our students, ensuring that a quality college education is within reach of every single student who walks through our doors.
- We serve our many supporters by providing expert guidance in charitable gift planning and by offering opportunities for donors to establish their own named funds in support of cherished programs or causes.
Ways to Make a Gift
Gifts to the JCC Foundation may take a variety of forms according to the needs and resources of our many donors. Gifts can be made in cash or through pledges, in real or personal property, in stocks or bonds, and through bequests or other planned gifts. There are a variety of ways in which you can support JCC and the JCC Foundation.
Give in Support of the Annual Campaign for JCC
Together, JCC and the JCC Foundation face three compelling challenges: academic excellence, access to higher education, and capital resources. We work together and with the close support of our donors to meet this three-pronged challenge through Green. Gold. Proud. The Annual Campaign for JCC. Gifts made through our Annual Campaign support a wide variety of specific scholarships, with new options available to donors each year. In addition, donors may make unrestricted gifts that provide the College with the flexibility to apply funds to the area of greatest need. In any case, your gift to the Annual Campaign for JCC closes the gap between tuition and the real cost of a JCC education.
An endowment is a fund established through gifts that can be restricted or unrestricted. Endowment funds are often created by donors who wish to insure long-term support of a cherished cause or program, and they are typically named for the donor. An endowment fund means that assets are held in perpetuity — quite literally forever — and only a portion of the interest income is spent. You can establish an endowment fund during your lifetime or through a bequest.
Capital campaigns are conducted periodically to raise substantial funds for building projects or for enhancements of programs and services. Naming opportunities are extended to those providing major gifts.
If your employer (or your spouse's employer) offers a matching gift program, your gift to the JCC Foundation can be doubled. To see if your organization matches charitable gifts, speak to a Human Resources representative. If a matching gift program is available, obtain a matching gift form, complete your section, and mail it to the JCC Foundation with your gift. We'll complete the remainder of the form and obtain the matching gift.
You can designate that your gift to the JCC Foundation be made over a certain period of time, in accordance with College schedules and commitments. Pledges can be made monthly or on an annual basis, and can continue for any length of time. Many College employees use this method to give in support of Green. Gold. Proud. The Annual Campaign for JCC via payroll deduction.
You may elect to support the College through a bequest, life insurance policy, pooled life income fund, a charitable remainder trust or any other type of deferred gift. Such plans may offer you significant and multiple tax benefits in addition to assuring the college of future resources for development. Trust agreements and gifts of real estate which may provide financial advantages to you, to the college, and to your heirs can also be established. The foundation staff can provide you with information on these opportunities.
A Bequest is a gift given through an estate. It may be in the form of cash, securities, real estate, or other property. You can specify that the JCC Foundation is to receive a certain amount or percentage of your estate, particular assets, or the remainder of your estate after providing for heirs. Your attorney can provide the specific language necessary to establish a bequest under your will. The proper language is especially important if you plan to direct your bequest to a specific designated fund, or to establish a new fund under your bequest. In any event, we encourage you to share your final will provision with us so that we can ensure that your wishes will be properly followed and recognized.
A Pooled Life Income Fund is a charitable trust that permits irrevocable gifts of $5,000 or more from separate donors to be commingled for investment purposes. The donor, the donor and their spouse, or a third party non-charitable beneficiary receive a proportionate share of the net income earned by the trust each year. Upon the death of the donor or beneficiary, the gift is distributed to the JCC Foundation.
Tribute gifts are gifts that are designated as "In Memory Of" or "In Honor Of" someone who is cherished by the donor. We frequently receive tribute gifts from family and friends of people associated with the College. In accordance with the donor's wishes, a gift receipt is sent to the donor, and an acknowledgement of the gift is sent to the family of the person in whose name the gift is made.
If you have questions about how you can support JCC, or if you'd like to explore a method of giving not outlined here, please contact us. It will be our pleasure to help you match your gift to your personal values.