Ways to Give
Give by Mail
To make a gift to Alpha Phi Foundation by mail, please download, complete and send our Donation Form along with your check or credit card information to:
Alpha Phi Foundation
1930 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Give by Phone
Our Foundation staff welcomes the opportunity to speak with you and share the many ways your gift is helping to advance women’s lives. Please call 847.475.4532 and a staff member will be delighted to assist you.
As a donor to Alpha Phi Foundation, you may be able to double or even triple the impact of your outright gifts if your employer or your spouse’s employer offers a matching gift program.
Such programs typically match all or a percentage of employee contributions to charitable organizations, making the employer a partner in your personal philanthropy. In most cases, all you need to do is obtain a matching gift form from the personnel department, fill it out, and include it with your gift to the Foundation. We will do the rest.
If you have any questions, please contact Alpha Phi Foundation or your employer.
Non Cash Gift
One of the most powerful ways to give back to Alpha Phi isn’t necessarily in monetary form. Non-cash gifts can take many forms, including gifts of securities, non-traditional investments, real estate, and tangible personal property. If you’re interested in learning more about non-cash gifts, please contact Crista Vasina, Senior Director of Development.
Tangible Personal Property
The Foundation accepts gifts of tangible personal property, including works of art, jewelry, antiques, coin, stamp and other collections, automobiles, manuscripts and books.
For works of art, historical treasures and similar items which are Alpha Phi related (i.e., antique badges, photographs of founders, etc.), such items will be treated as follows (per the requirements of FAS 116):
- Held for public exhibition, education, or research in furtherance of public service
- Protected, kept unencumbered, cared for, and preserved
- If sold, any proceeds will be used to acquire other items for the collection
An essential issue for donors to consider before contributing a gift of tangible personal property is whether they would like the Foundation to use or display the property. Prospective donors should be advised that the Foundation reserves the right to sell or otherwise dispose of the personal property in question, if such action is financially advisable or necessary.
Whenever donors estimate their gifts of tangible personal property at $5,000 or more, they must obtain a written appraisal by a qualified independent appraiser. The Foundation cannot appraise or assign valuation to gifts of tangible property. Such gifts must be accepted by the Executive Director in consultation with legal counsel.
It is the general policy of Alpha Phi Foundation to accept planned charitable gifts for the benefit of the Foundation as provided by the Internal Revenue Code. In accordance with this policy, all gifts, including those designated, restricted or unrestricted, shall be accepted or rejected by recommendation of the Executive Director, subject to the ultimate approval or disapproval of the Board of Directors.
The Foundation seeks the advice of legal counsel in all matters pertaining to its planned giving program and executes no planned giving agreement without the advice of counsel. All agreements shall follow the format of the specimen agreements provided or approved by the Foundation’s legal counsel. Prospective donors are urged to seek their own counsel in matters relating to their planned gifts, tax and estate planning.
The Board of Directors has approved and shall make available to supporters of the Foundation the following types of deferred gifts:
- Bequests (and Gifts in Trust)
- Charitable Gift Annuities (both current and deferred)
- Charitable Remainder Unitrusts
- Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts
- Life Insurance
Those remembering the Foundation through planned gifts become members of the Clara Bradley Burdette Society, which recognizes members in their lifetimes with a special silver and Bordeaux pin and other recognition.
An easy and convenient monthly, quarterly, or annual recurring gift is a wonderful way to support Alpha Phi Foundation’s vital programs.
Gold Society allows our sisters to easily give back to Alpha Phi Foundation by making small investments over time. Gifts of only $5/month or more qualify. Learn more about Gold Society.
To get started visit our secure online donation form and select “recurring gift” as your type of gift.
Pledges and Endowment Gifts
Spreading out your payments on a large gift through a pledge—a formal agreement to make a gift to the Foundation—is a wonderful way to reach a more generous goal with regular payments over time. What is more, each payment on your pledge is eligible for an income-tax charitable deduction. Like all gifts, pledges can be designate to a specific fund or program.
Alpha Phi Foundation also endowment gifts. Unlike gifts for current use, endowment gifts provide security over the long term by expanding the Foundation’s permanent financial base and creating a predictable source of future income for such things as endowed scholarships.