Ways to Give

There are many ways to make a gift to Cotter Schools. Gifts to Cotter are tax deductible to the full extent allowable by law. The Cotter Tax ID # is 41-1653997

The gift methods outlined below represent donor opportunities to support Cotter Schools. We invite you to consider the following options:

  • A Gift of Cash
  • Make a Recurring Gift
  • A Gift of Securities
  • Matching Gifts
  • Memorials or Tributes
  • Planned Giving

A Gift of Cash

A gift of cash is the easiest and most common way to support Cotter Schools. There are a number of ways to make your gift:

Cotter Schools
Development Office
1115 West Broadway
Winona, MN 55987

Make a Recurring Gift

Make a gift that will benefit Cotter by providing steady, reliable funding for the program of your choice through a monthly, quarterly or annual gift. You determine the amount and frequency of your donation, and we will charge your credit card at the predetermined interval. We will send you an email confirming the charge, and your gift will automatically renew each year.

A Gift of Securities

A gift of appreciated securities can benefit the donor in two ways. First, they will be able to claim a charitable income tax deduction for the full value of the shares and second, they will be able to avoid the capital gains tax that would have been due if they sold the shares. When making a gift of securities, it is important that you arrange for a direct transfer of your securities to Cotter Schools and not sell them yourself. Contact Sr. Judith Schaefer at 507-453-5802 to facilitate your gift of stock

Matching Gifts

A matching gift by your company or organization extends your generosity by adding the matching amount to your own gift at no additional expense to you. It is easy to make a matching gift. Simply:

  • Contact your Human Resources Department and inquire about your company's matching employee donations policy.
  • Follow the procedure they recommend.
  • Designate Cotter Schools as your gift recipient.

Establish a Memorial or Tribute

Memorial and Honorarium gifts provide a wonderful way to remember the special people in your life. Whether it be family, friends, faculty, coaches or co-workers, these special gifts provide an opportunity to remember or pay tribute to individuals as well as recognize special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or holidays. Memorial and Honor gifts not only provide a unique way to express your feelings to others but also benefit Cotter Schools. The family members of those being remembered or the individual being honored will receive a special notification identifying the donor without specifying the gift amount.

Planned Giving

Through Planned Giving, donors can incorporate meaningful gifts to Cotter Schools in a thoughtful, organized manner intended to coordinate the donor's philanthropic objectives with his or her overall estate and financial plan.

In most cases, planned gifts not only benefit Cotter, but can benefit the donor, as well. This is because many planned gifts can be structured to allow the donor to retain income from, or the use of, the "gifted" property during his or her lifetime. Planned gifts can also be structured to reduce, and in some cases, eliminate income, capital gains and estate taxes.

Even seemingly modest bequests can make a meaningful contribution to Cotter.

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