The East Woods' mission is to foster strength of character and academic excellence while developing and encouraging creativity, intellectual curiosity, and a lifelong passion for learning. We are a nurturing community that celebrates the differences among us and leads by example through citizenship and service to others.

Giving

Your Support Matters

East Woods is greatly appreciative of the many ways in which parents, grandparents, alums, parents of alums, faculty, staff, friends, corporations, and foundations generously support the school. Once people understand that tuition alone does not support the cost of education they also understand the urgency and necessity of their support. Gifts to the school are critical to the school’s growth and financial stability.

Gifts of time, talents and resources; donations to The Fund for East Woods, planned giving, and endowment giving are all important components of the East Woods’ fundraising effort. We hope that you will take a moment to read about the many ways you can give to East Woods.

Please note that East Woods is a recognized non-profit organization. All charitable gifts to the school are tax deductible.

There are many ways you can support East Woods!

The Benefits of Giving

Your gift benefits every child's East Woods experience by:

  • supporting our outstanding classroom programs
  • retaining and attracting talented, dedicated, and enthusiastic teachers
  • developing our state-of-the-art science and technology offerings
  • expanding our visual and performing arts programs
  • maintaining our beautiful 46-acre campus and historical main building

Support EWS

To mail your gift, you may print and complete this form. Please make the check payable to East Woods School, and mail to:

East Woods School
Development Office
31 Yellow Cote Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

East Woods School welcomes gifts at all levels. We are delighted by your support and thank you for your generosity.

The Fund for East Woods

The Fund for East Woods, is the cornerstone of East Woods' fundraising efforts. Fund tax-deductible gifts provide available dollars that have an immediate impact on the day-to-day vibrancy of East Woods – supporting competitive faculty salaries, financial aid, books, field trips, athletic programs and special events. It offsets the difference between the tuition collected and the operational expenses of the school. The gap between tuition and the cost of educating each child is more than $4,000 per student.

Each year we ask everyone to make a gift to the Fund for East Woods. Every gift is important because it is a gift of participation which signals community support and helps in asking for charitable support from philanthropic foundations. Our goal? To have 100% parent participation and strengthened community participation each year. We encourage you to help us meet this goal.


Gifts to The Fund for East Woods range from $25 to more than $25,000. Every donation demonstrates a commitment to East Woods and its mission. While leadership gifts are key to setting the foundation to help us meet our goals, smaller gifts add up and are equally important and equally appreciated.

Ways of giving include:
  • Cash
    • The easiest way to give to East Woods is by check or credit card. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law and can be paid by check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). For your convenience, you may make a gift by Online Giving.
  • Securities
    • A gift of appreciated securities is a popular alternative to a cash gift because it offers a two-fold tax savings. It provides you with an income tax deduction (equal to the fair market value at the date of transfer) and may reduce capital gains tax. To transfer stock, please request transfer instructions by calling the Development Office at 516-922-4400 x107. Please inform us which securities and the number of shares that you will be transferring. The school’s corporate name is “East Woods School.” The school’s tax identification number is 11-1554072.
  • Matching gifts
    • You can increase the size of your gift by taking advantage of a corporate matching gift program, if available through your place of work. Your gift may be doubled or even tripled by your employer. Simply complete the matching gift form, available through your employer’s personnel office, and enclose it with your gift.

Commemorative Giving

Many alums, parents, grandparents, parents of alums, and friends of East Woods School have chosen to pay tribute to an individual or group by making a gift in honor or in memory. For example, one may honor the birth of a child or honor a child’s birthday with the gift of a book to the Library. Memorial gifts are often made in memory of members of the East Woods’ community. These gifts provide unrestricted support that will benefit current and future students.

Endowment

Funds and financial assets contributed to the endowment generate income through prudent investment of the principal. Dollars generated by East Woods' endowment support faculty salaries and student financial assistance. Gifts to the endowment are permanent assets and give us the resources to respond to long-term needs. Ideally, income from a growing endowment supplements the operating budget and relieves the necessity for large tuition increases.
Multi-year pledges are encouraged. Over time, as these pledges are fulfilled and become actual cash gifts, the School's endowment grows. Since only the income derived from the endowment is spent, each endowment gift creates an ongoing investment that spans generations.

Our endowments are earmarked towards Faculty, Scholarship, and General Endowments.
  • Faculty Endowment
    • Enables us to attract and retain the best teachers. Funds will provide professional development, graduate studies and retirement benefit plans.
  • Scholarship Endowment
    • Income will provide scholarships to students in need of financial assistance.
  • General Endowment
    • Unrestricted endowments allow the Trustees and Head of School the greatest flexibility to respond to educational initiatives and unforeseen expenses such as emergency repairs to our building and grounds.

Matching Gifts

You can increase the size of your gift by taking advantage of a corporate matching gift program, if available through your place of work. Your gift may be doubled or even tripled by your employer. Simply complete the matching gift form, available through your employer’s personnel office, and enclose it with your gift.

Planned Giving

One way to ensure East Woods’ future vitality is by giving gifts through your estate. Planned giving can also magnify some significant advantages in your tax, retirement, and estate planning strategies. For instance, you can obtain an immediate tax deduction for a charitable contribution, and, in most cases, avoid capital gains tax on appreciation. You may also reduce estate taxes.


With many gifts, you or a loved one can receive investment income for life. With some, you can even increase the amount you are now receiving, or you can defer income as part of your retirement plan. You also gain the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve made an enduring contribution to East Woods School. Please consult your attorney or financial advisor should you have questions concerning planned giving to East Woods.

Planned gifts include:
  • Bequests
    • Including East Woods School in your Will is a simple way to provide important support for the future of the school and reduce estate taxes. You may choose to provide a percentage of your estate or a specific dollar amount.
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
    • Charitable gift annuities provide fixed income to the donor or to other beneficiaries for life, desirable tax benefits, and a substantial gift to East Woods School at the end of the contract.
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
    • A Charitable Remainder Trust offers important tax benefits, allows the donor and/or other beneficiaries to receive lifetime income from the trust, and then transfers the remaining assets in the trust to East Woods School.
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
    • A Charitable Lead Trust provides annual income to the school during the donor’s lifetime or for a term of years, and then transfers the remaining assets to the donor’s heirs, which can be an important estate planning strategy.
  • Life Insurance
    • Gifts of life insurance can create permanent and secure support for East Woods and generate an income tax deduction for you. If you make the school the owner of a paid-up policy, you will receive an income tax deduction for the value of the policy. If you name the school as a beneficiary of the policy., and retain ownership, you will receive an estate tax deduction for the death benefit paid to the school.

Volunteering

East Woods’ strong spirit of community welcomes participation from supportive parents and grandparents, dedicated faculty, inquisitive students, loyal alums, and friends. Their gifts of time, talents, and resources benefit the children directly and make a difference in our school community. There are many ways that one can join East Woods' community of volunteers. Please contact your child's class parent or a committee chairperson from the Parent's Association.

Dinner Dance, Auction & Spring Fair

East Woods Dinner Dance & Auction and Spring Fair Weekend is a major “fundraising” and “friendraising” event for the school. Monies generated from this event support The Annual Fund which offsets the gap between the monies collected through tuition and fees, and the operational expenses of the school. The Spring Fair Weekend is designed to be a lively "friendraiser" for East Woods community members and friends. Our campus grounds are transformed into a true fairground where there is something for all ages - games, rides, face painting, live bands, and food. In order to make the Spring Fair successful, we need everyone's help! There are many ways in which you can volunteer your time, resources, and talent. Also, please join us in soliciting donations for the auction or selling ads for our Journal.

Giving Levels

  • 1946 Society: $25,000 and above
  • Founders Society: $15,000 to $24,999
  • East Woods Circle: $10,000 to $14,999
  • Head of School Society: $5,000 to $9,999
  • Shield Society: $2,500 to $4,999
  • Green & White Team: $1,000 to $2,499
  • Spartans Society: $500 to $999
  • Century Circle: Up to $499