Ways to Give & Contribute

On-line donations are not accepted from individuals residing in the states of:
Florida, New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania.

The Prairie School Foundation is the steward of all gifts to the Foundation. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor.

  • Gifts of Cash and Check
  • Memorial / Honorarium Donations - Make a lasting tribute to a family member or loved one.
  • Matching Gifts - Take this opportunity if your employer has a matching gift program and increase the impact of your contribution. Local and employers like Rockwell, Pepsico, Transamerica, Alliant and many more have a matching gift program. This means you can double or even triple the impact of your gift.
  • Planned and Deferred Gifts - Donors can support Prairie by naming the Prairie School Foundation in their will or life insurance policy or by establishing an endowment or gift annuity. 
  • Gifts of Stock - Because there are several potential benefits, you may want to consider gifts of stock when you choose to support the foundation and our Prairie Kids.  With U.S. stock markets at an all-time high these gifts are perhaps more attractive than ever. 

WE CARE ENDOWMENT FUND
The We Care Endowment Fund was established in the spring of 2006 by Dot Pospischil, a Social Studies teacher at Prairie High School.  Its mission is to help any faculty, staff, or student of Prairie High School who is experiencing misfortune or tragedy.  A board for the Endowment was established to increase awareness and funds available.

If you are interested in making a gift or finding out more about this fund, please contact Operations Manager, Tina DuBois, at 319-270-4134 or tdubois@crprairie.org.
 

MATCHING GIFTS 
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs that can double the impact of your charitable contribution to the Prairie School Foundation. Matching gifts are counted toward your giving level in the Donor Recognition Clubs. Matching gift funds are a critical part of the fundraising program at the Foundation. When making a gift to the Prairie School Foundation, please remember to check with your employer if they will match your contribution. Contact your personnel or human resources office to obtain the appropriate form. Complete the form and return it with your contribution to the Prairie School Foundation.
 
The Prairie School Foundation is grateful for gifts from matching gift companies and the many donors who submit matching gift forms. If you have any questions on the matching gift program at the Prairie School Foundation, please email our Operations Manager, Tina DuBois, at tdubois@crprairie.org
 
Please send your contribution and matching gift form to: 
 
The Prairie School Foundation 
401 76th Street SW 
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 

GIFTS OF STOCK

Gifts of appreciated Stock.  A way to benefit while doing good.

The Prairie School Foundation processed its first gifts of stock as 2017 came to a close. Because there are several potential benefits, you may want to consider gifts of stock when you choose to support the foundation and our Prairie Kids. With U.S. stock markets at an all-time high these gifts are perhaps more attractive than ever.

Generally when stock is transferred to a charitable organization, like the Prairie School Foundation, any appreciated gain with that stock transfers with the shares. The foundation’s policy is to sell the shares as soon as possible upon their receipt. Because the foundation is a tax-exempt organization it pays no taxes on any gains. 

Here’s how you benefit:

You may receive an income tax deduction for the full current value of the transferred stock based on how you prepare your taxes. 

You will avoid the capital gains tax on the shares you give regardless of how much the stock has appreciated and the tax bracket you are in.

You may avoid the healthcare tax on net investment income determined by how you prepare your taxes.

Here are some examples of how Prairie schools could benefit:

  • The foundation has worked closely with campus leaders to identify priorities that need funds beyond what the tax base can supply.  Here is a sampling of those needs:
  • Reading and literacy are among the highest priorities.  Several projects have been identified ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
  • A digital sign for the Prairie Point Campus estimated to cost $50,000.
  • An endowment fund for the Therapy Dog program.  A $50,000 fund would yield about $2,500 per year.
  • Buddy Benches for our playgrounds could reduce bullying and loneliness for about $8,000. 

A special note: 

If you are a participant in the Rockwell Collins ESPP you may want to give a stock transfer your immediate attention. To receive the benefits listed above you would need to transfer the desired number of shares now before the United Technologies merger when you will likely receive a cash distribution for the current value of a significant portion of your shares and the reportable capital gains exposure associated with those shares. By donating a gift of appreciated stock now you could avoid all or a portion of that taxable event while supporting a charity of your choice. 

Seek professional advice before making this decision:

Please remember that the Prairie School Foundation does not offer legal, tax, or investment advice. Consult your professional advisor before taking action with these assets. The benefits listed above may not be applicable in your particular circumstances. The determination of tax consequences is a matter solely between you and your tax advisors. If you do determine that a stock transfer is a good idea for you please contact the Prairie School Foundation’s Executive Director, Randy Rumery rrumery@crprairie.org for assistance with stock transfer documents for the benefit of the Prairie School Foundation.  

Events

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Contact

Prairie School Foundation
401 76th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034
Phone: (319) 848-5256

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