Ways to Give
There are several different ways to support Berks Catholic High School. Below are the different methods you can use to make a donation to Berks Catholic, and any of these gifts can be designated for the Annual Fund, Angel Scholarships, Extravaganza, Scholarship Endowment Fund, or the program of your choice.
Make checks payable to Berks Catholic High School and indicate where you would like your donation to go, and mail to:
Berks Catholic High School
Attn: Office of Advancement
955 E. Wyomissing Boulevard
Reading, PA 19611
Credit card payments can be made at www.BerksCatholic.org/annualfund or by phone at 610.374.8361 with Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
Angel Scholarship Fund
Through the Angel Scholarship Fund, Angel donors can contribute toward the tuition of a specific student or to the general tuition assistance fund in which case donations are dispersed to students with the greatest financial need.
Businesses and Individuals can reallocate PA state tax dollars to help provide scholarships and financial aid to Berks Catholic students through EITC, OSTC and SPE. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs allow businesses to receive a 90% tax credit (if donating for two consecutive years), for a donation which provides tuition assistance for families at Berks Catholic. The Special Purpose Entity (SPE) allows this same tax credit for individuals who meet specific requirements. You can also view information online at www.newpa.com/eitc or www.newpa.com/ostc.
The Berks Catholic Scholarship Endowment Fund provides 5% of principal each year for scholarships. It is broadly diversified and actively managed. Gifts can be accepted at anytime into the Endowment Fund through cash or stock contributions.
Extravaganza is the annual major fundraiser for Berks Catholic. The first Extravaganza was such a success that 30+ years later, we are still enjoying this fun-filled event, which is worked on year round and on average raises $150,000 to $200,000 each year. Extravaganza is a silent and oral auction with a sit-down dinner, hundreds of silent and live auction items, and much more. Over the past 30+ years, Extravaganza has raised over $4 million for our catholic high school. For more information about Extravaganza, to make a monetary donation, or to donate an item for auction, please contact Danielle Fowler at 610-374-8361, ext 239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gifts of Stock
If you have owned a stock for more than 12 months and it has appreciated in value during that time, you would incur a capital gains tax by selling it. However, if you give that stock to Berks Catholic as a gift, you avoid the capital gains tax and can also claim an income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the gift up to an amount equal to 30% of your adjusted gross income. Any unused deduction may be carried forward for up to five years. Electronic Transfers of Shares of Publicly Traded Stock and Mutual Funds Shares of publicly traded companies and mutual funds may be transferred electronically to Berks Catholic.
Gifts can be made in memory of a deceased loved one who has designated Berks Catholic as the recipient of gifts upon his or her death. Donations can also be made in memory of any deceased Berks Catholic, Central Catholic, or Holy Name classmate.
Matching gifts are a very important source of support. Thousands of companies and corporate foundations match gifts to non-profit institutions such as Berks Catholic. Also, matching gifts are a great way to increase support of Berks Catholic without additional out-of-pocket expense. You can double or even triple the value of your donation and enhance your total for giving society membership by simply notifying your employer of your gift to Berks Catholic. You may be eligible to submit matching gift claims from both your own and your spouse's employer for the same gift. Contact the human resources office at your employer, your spouse's employer, or even your former employer if you are retired to inquire about their matching gift program.
Planned Gifts/St. Nicholas Society
Leave your mark on Berks Catholic! A planned gift is a "forever gift," one that will live on for generations. It doesn't affect your current cash flow of assets and it is easy to change if your circumstances change. Plus, it may save you estate taxes later. You can make a planned gift in a number of ways:
· Charitable Gift Annuity
· Charitable Remainder Trust
· Charitable Lead Trust
· Life Estate Reserve
· Insurance Policy Beneficiary
If you have already included Berks Catholic in your estate plans, please let us know.
Saints Annual Fund
The Saints Fund is the cornerstone of philanthropic giving at Berks Catholic High School. The Saints Fund is a dependable source of unrestricted gifts that can be applied to the areas of greatest need. Student scholarships and financial aid, curriculum enhancement, athletics, and arts and music resources are just some examples of support provided by the fund. It is vital that the Saints Fund continues to grow in order for Berks Catholic to be able to provide an excellent education in a Christ-centered environment to students in Berks County.
Swing Fore the Saints Golf Outing
The Swing Fore the Saints Golf Outing is a day of camaraderie, fun, and golf for alumni and friends of Berks Catholic, Central Catholic, and Holy Name, all in the name of supporting Berks Catholic High School. Sponsorship opportunities start at $100. All proceeds from the golf outing go toward financial aid at Berks Catholic.
Gifts to United Way can be designated to Berks Catholic High School.
Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities include the Gym Banners, the Swing Fore the Saints Golf Outing, the Fall Program Book, Extravaganza, and the Spring Musical.
For more information about any of these ways to support Berks Catholic High School, please contact Bob Birmingham at 610-374-8361, ext 224 or