Ways to Give

There are a number of different opportunities for making a gift to Nichols School, including cash gifts, pledges, or gifts of stock.

Gifts of Cash/Check

Traditionally, the majority of gifts made to Nichols School come in the form of cash. A gift of cash entitles a donor to the most generous federal income tax deduction available for charitable contributions. You may deduct up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income for gifts of cash and may carry any amount over that figure forward for up to five additional years. You can make a cash gift to The Nichols Fund on-line. Make your check payable to Nichols School, and send to:

Development Office
Nichols School
1250 Amherst Street
Buffalo, New York 14216

Pledges

A pledge is a promise to make a specified payment within the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). Pledges to The Nichols Fund must be paid by June 15 each year. You can make a pledge to The Nichols Fund online or by contacting Leslie Garcia, Director of Development, at lgarcia@nicholsschool.org or 716.332.5163. Nichols School allows pledge commitments to endowment and capital projects over a period of five years.

Gift by Credit Cards

To make a gift using your Visa or Mastercard, use our online giving page or call the Development Office at 716-332-5163 to speak with a staff member who will assist you in making a gift over the phone.

Marketable Securities

A gift of appreciated securities that you have held for more than one year is frequently the most economical way to give. Gifts of stock may be transferred to one of our preferred partners using the following information.

Please contact Leslie Garcia, Director of Development, at 716-332-5163 or at lgarcia@nicholsschool.org if you have any questions.

  • Affleure Financial
    Account Name - Nichols School
    Account # - HDQ-348848
    DTC# 0226
    Account Custodian: National Financial Services
    Broker/Dealer Commomwealth Financial Network
    Contact Tarik Kawi 716-881-9000
    Tax ID #
  • Trubee Collins & Company
    Account Name - Nichols School
    Account # - #6150-4729
    DTC #0141
    Contact Michael Sheets
    1350 M & T Plaza
    Buffalo, NY 14203
    716-849-1475
  • Merrill Lynch
    Account Name - Nichols School
    Accunt # - 81C-04066
    DTC# 5198
    Contact Tim Kane
    6245 Sheridan Drive Suite 300
    Williamsville, NY 14221
    716-635-4302
  • Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney
    Account Name - Nichols School
    Account # 828-119367-403
    DTC# - 0015
    Contact Chris Malof
    50 Fountain Plaza Suite 800
    Buffalo, NY 14202
    716-849-4800

Please contact Leslie Garcia (716-332-5163; lgarcia@nicholsschool.org) advising of your stock gift. Follow-up by telephone, letter or email containing:

a. Name of the stock and number of shares
b. Your name, address, and phone number
c. The purpose of the gift
d. The date of the gift

Mail to:
Leslie Garcia
Director of Development
Nichols School
1250 Amherst St.
Buffalo, NY 14216

Your tax deduction is the mean price of the stock on the date of your transfer to Nichols' account

If the stock gift is in the form of a stock certificate registered in your name:

Send the stock certificate(s) plus a signed Stock Power under separate cover to

Leslie Garcia
Director of Development
Nichols School
1250 Amherst St.
Buffalo, NY 14216
*The donor's signature must be either notarized or guaranteed by a bank officer or stockbroker. Please mail the stock power and certificate under separate cover. In the case of loss or theft, the stock can be transferred only if the finder has both documents.

You may send stock certificates directly to the School at the following address:
Development Office
Nichols School
1250 Amherst St.
Buffalo, NY 14216

Securities may be endorsed in blank (the donor's signature only) and sent to the above address. If stock certificates are endorsed, please send a stock power to the School under separate cover on which only the signature has been filled in. If you have questions, please called the Development Office at 716-332-5151

Planned Giving

Donors can help secure the long-term success of the School by making gifts through wills, estates, bequests, trusts, and other estate planning vehicles. For more information please visit our Planned Giving Page or contact Meg Auerbach, Director of Planned Giving at 716-332-6386 or at mauerbach@nicholsschool.org

Gifts of Real Estate

Gifts of Real Estate: Appreciated marketable real estate is another asset with which you may make a significant gift to Nichols School. Click here for more information.

Other Assets: Gifts to Nichols School can come in other forms as well. For example, you may wish to consider a gift of closely held stock, tangible personal property (if it is related to the School's educational programs) or irrevocable life insurance. A gift of any of these assets will entitle you to an income tax deduction equal to their fair market value of the date of the gift. You may take this deduction for up to thirty percent of your adjusted gross income with a carryover of any excess for up to five additional years. *Gifts that fall into this category must be reviewed by the School's Gift Acceptance Committee.

If you would like more information regarding Gifts of Real Estate and Other Assets, please contact Leslie Garcia, Director of Development at 716-332-5163 or lgarcia@nicholsschool.org, or Meg Auerbach, Director of Planned Giving at 716-332-6386 or mauerbach@nicholsschool.org

Matching Gifts

Corporate matching gifts provide a wonderful opportunity to double - sometimes even triple - your contribution to Nichols School. Please contact your company's personnel office for specific information about your employer's matching gift program. It is necessary in all cases for the donor to secure the proper forms from the corporation and to submit them to Nichols School in order for us to receive the matching gifts.

If you would like more information regarding matching gifts, please contact Jennifer Peresie at 716-332-5153 or jperesie@nicholsschool.org

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