Giving

Like all independent schools, The Masters School relies on the support of alumnae/i, parents, and friends to balance the annual budget and plan for the future. Whether supporting the Annual Fund, the endowment or a capital project, there are many ways in which you can make a gift to the School.

Gifts of Cash

Outright gifts of cash are the simplest form of support to The Masters School. Contributions made by personal check, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or through electronic transfer make your gift immediately available to the School. When you make a gift of cash you are entitled to an income tax deduction subject to IRS regulations.

Make Your Gift Online

The Masters School website provides a secure online giving page for you to make a credit card gift. Please click here.

Make Your Gift by Mail

If you prefer to send us your gift through standard mail, you may do so by sending your check to:

The Masters School
Attn: Advancement Office
49 Clinton Avenue
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

You may also reply using any of the return envelopes provided in the publications and mailings we send you throughout the year.

Make Your Gift by Phone

If you would like to speak to someone in the Alumnae/i and Development Office about making your gift, please call 914-479-6433.

Gifts of Securities

Gifts of long-term appreciated stock entitle you to an income tax deduction equal to the average of the high and low values of the date of transfer while allowing you to avoid the capital gains tax that would have applied had you sold the stock. Gifts of stock enable many of our supporters to contribute more to the School than would otherwise have been possible.

To make a gift of securities and to request transfer instructions, please call Maryann Perrotta in the Advancement Office at 914-479-6428. Be sure to inform us as to the name of the securities and the number of shares being transferred. The School's corporate name is "The Masters School, Inc." The School's tax identification number is 13-1740472.

Matching Gifts

We encourage members of The Masters School community to increase the size of their gift by taking advantage of corporate matching gift programs, if available through their place of work. Gifts may be doubled or even tripled by an employer. Simply complete the matching gift form available through your personnel office, and enclose it with your gift.

Some things have changed considerably since Miss Masters founded the school in 1877—income taxes, capital gains taxes, and estate taxes—to name just a few. If you would like to make a larger gift than ever before to Dobbs, then please consider an option that may allow you or your family to avoid paying some types of taxes and/or perhaps earn extra income:

  • Make a bequest through your will
  • Set up a Charitable Remainder Trust or a Charitable Lead Trust
  • Donate a paid insurance policy that names Dobbs as the beneficiary
  • Contribute to the Dobbs Pooled Income Fund and earn extra income

There are dedication opportunities available in Masters Hall or in Morris Hall to publicly acknowledge your gift. For instance, you may wish to name a new classroom or laboratory to celebrate your life, to memorialize a loved one, or to commemorate a special occasion, such as your 50th wedding anniversary or 75th birthday.

Clearly, planned giving is an important topic that would likely involve family members and your financial advisor. We would like to provide you with more details in order to inform you and help you to make the best decision for you and your family at the appropriate time. Please call Erin Fredrick, Major Gifts Officer, at 914-479-6575, or email giftplanning@mastersny.org to schedule a confidential phone conversation and share your ideas, or simply request more information.