Other Ways to Give

Gifts of Stock

Making a gift of stock to Riverview is extremely valuable to us, and it just may be beneficial to you from a personal income tax perspective as well. The best stocks to donate are those that have increased greatly in value. Even if it is stock you wish to keep in your portfolio, by giving Riverview the stock and using cash to buy the same stock through your broker, you will have received the same income tax deduction but will have a new, higher basis in the stock. If you donate property that has risen in value and that you have held for more than one year, you pay no capital gains tax on the transaction. You can also take an income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock. If you have stock losses, sell the stock yourself to realize the loss and take the deduction for tax purposes. Then generate a charitable contribution deduction by donating the cash proceeds of the sale to Riverview. Please note: When stock is received into our account the donors name is not attached. In order to properly acknowledge your gift of stock, please contact the Advancement office and let us know the name of the stock and the number of shares you will be gifting.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations offer matching gift programs for employees and their families. A matching gift can often double or triple your gift, and all matching support is credited to the individual donor. Ask your company if they will match your charitable gifts. If they do, you will need to submit their matching gift form along with your gift. Please send your matching gift form to Kate Ayson at

Planned Giving

A planned gift certainly benefits Riverview School, and may also be financially beneficial to you. Planned gifts can generate lifelong income, convert low yielding assets into a higher income stream, obtain significant income tax deductions, and reduce or eliminate capital gains and estate taxes.

The Advancement Office accepts a variety of life-income arrangements, including Charitable Lead Trusts and Charitable Remainder Trusts.  We also help donors tailor bequests and structure gifts of assets such as real estate, business interests, and life insurance.

Donors often find that a combination of planned gifts produces the best results. We are happy to meet with you and your financial advisors to design the most advantageous ways of giving for you. We would appreciate learning of your gift intentions for Riverview so that we may include you in the list of Founders Society. However, should you wish to remain anonymous we are happy to honor that request.

You may wish to consider including a gift to Riverview in your will or living trust. It's a simple process whereby your Financial Advisor adds a clause to your will or trust. It is also flexible. You can structure the bequest as a fixed amount or a percentage of your residual estate.

Beneficiary Designations
Continue supporting our work even after your lifetime by naming Riverview School as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance or insurance annuity assets.

Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRT)
A charitable remainder trust has two beneficiaries. In most cases, one of them is you (and possibly your spouse,) and the other is Riverview. During your lifetime you receive a set percentage of investment income from the charitable trust. After your death, Riverview then receives whatever remains in the trust. There are potentially significant tax deductions and exclusion from capital gains taxes.

Charitable Lead Trusts (CLT)
A charitable lead trust is basically the same concept as a charitable remainder trust, but in reverse. With a CLT, Riverview receives a certain percentage of investment income every year. Once you pass away, whoever you've named as the beneficiary (a spouse or children) receives the assets that remain. Again, there are potentially significant tax deductions and exclusion from capital gains taxes.

IRA Charitable Rollover
Charitable gifts may be rolled over from a traditional or Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA) without incurring federal income taxes, with certain restrictions:
  • The donor must be age 70 1/2, or older
  • The cap on annual IRA rollovers is $100,000
  • The contribution must be a direct gift to a charity (no planned gifts.)
       An IRA Charitable Rollover may be appropriate for you if:
  • You do not need the additional income generated by the minimum required distribution, OR
  • Your charitable gifts already equal 50% of your adjusted gross income, so you do not benefit from an income tax charitable deduction for additional gifts, OR
  • You are subject to the 2% rule that reduces your itemized deductions, OR
  • You do not itemize deductions.
Join the Founders Legacy Society
The Founders Legacy Society recognizes all those who have made a bequest provision, a life income gift, or other planned gift commitment to Riverview.

Support our Named Funds

Donors may choose to direct their gift to one of several established funds, or work with the Advancement Office to create additional named funds.

William H. Gray III Memorial Scholarship Fund
An endowed fund for underprivileged students of diverse backgrounds with learning disabilities. Reverend William Gray III was a dynamic leader in American politics, president of the United Negro College Fund, a reverend at the Bright Hope Baptist Church, and a long-time friend of Riverview School. His dedication to correct injustice and bring hope to those in need inspired all who knew and worked with him. 

Jeanne Pacheco Scholarship Fund
Jeanne Pacheco embarked on her career at the School as a reading specialist and during her long tenure at Riverview served as Director of Education, Director of Admissions and Placement, and Assistant Head of School.  Jeanne has forged a trail that few, if any, have duplicated in the history of Riverview.  The Jeanne Pacheco Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in Jeanne's honor upon her retirement in 2013. This fund will support students, as Jeanne supported Riverview for so many years, continuing the tradition of excellence she espoused at Riverview.

Chris Sturz Memorial Fund
Chris was both a student and employee of Riverview School and was known for his engaging smile and dedication to helping others. He was an avid sportsman and always involved in causes to help the disadvantaged. Chris passed away on October 10, 2012 after a brief illness but his legacy continues to live on at Riverview through an endowed fund established in his name.

Abby Parker Memorial Fund (for library resources)
Abby was a GROW student who entered Riverview in the fall of 2009. She passed away in March of 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. While attending Riverview, Abby displayed a passion for reading and learning that she loved to share with others. 
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