What is an outright gift of cash?
An outright gift is any gift where you make a gift to Skidmore College. The most common way for donors to make an outright gift is to write a check payable to the charity.
Gift provides immediate support
Unlike some other gift arrangements, your outright gift will provide resources that Skidmore can put to immediate use. If you prefer to restrict our use of your gift in any way, please contact us so that we can be sure that we carry out your wishes.
Maximum tax savings
You may deduct the full amount of your donation up to 60% of your adjusted gross income, providing tax savings if you itemize. You may carry forward all of your unused deduction for up to five additional years.
Ways to give cash
Most donors make an outright gift by writing a check payable to Skidmore College and mailing it to us. You may also make a cash gift using your credit card
Kristi Duke would like to make an immediate $15,000 gift to Skidmore College. Kristi could write a check for this amount and earn a charitable deduction equal to $15,000. Alternatively, Kristi could make a gift using her credit card by calling us on the phone, responding to a mailing, or by donating online through our website. Gifts of checks and gifts made via credit cards are considered cash gifts.
- Kristi may deduct up to 60% of her adjusted gross income for her gift of cash, providing tax savings if she itemizes.
- If Kristi itemizes deductions but cannot use the entire deduction in the year of gift, she may carry the balance forward for up to five additional years.
- Assuming Kristi itemizes deductions and can use her entire income tax charitable deduction of $15,000, she will save her $5,550 (37% tax).
- Kristi will gain the satisfaction of making a $15,000 gift to Skidmore.