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Ways to Give

The best dollars are those that are invested in changing the life of a student—in changing the future. The returns will impact generations, both socially and financially. When you make a gift to the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology through the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation, you’re supporting a legacy of equity and access to education.  

The Thaddeus Stevens Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible, and you will receive a charitable gift receipt for your donation. 

Make a gift, make a difference.


Making a one-time or recurring cash gift, through a check or credit card is the easiest way to support the college. You can also make a pledge which may be paid in installments throughout the year. 

If you’d like to give online, you can do so right here. 

Checks should be made payable to Thaddeus Stevens Foundation at 740 East End Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602. Donations are tax deductible. 

Your gift can be designated for a specific area of interest or for the general purpose of the college. Find out how Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology can best put your gift to work strengthening the college’s operations, scholarships, student life, matching grants, capital improvements, athletics, faculty and staff development, library, technology, curriculum development, and much more.

Recurring Giving Program

The Recurring Giving Program allows you to consistently support Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology through regular contributions from your credit card or checking/savings account. 

How does the program benefit Thaddeus Stevens College? Your recurring contributions provide steady, reliable funding that enhances our impactful programs. This support is crucial in developing practical skills in students for thriving careers, backing initiatives like the Student Home Construction Program, and sustaining the Workforce and Economic Development Center. Recurring gifts also reduce administrative costs, allowing a greater portion of each donation to directly benefit student success. Additionally, this method of giving helps lessen our environmental footprint by cutting down on paper use. 

 How does the program benefit you? Joining the program streamlines your giving process, reduces the need for reminders, and eliminates the hassle of writing checks. It’s an opportunity to become one of our most dedicated supporters, recognized annually in our Report of Gifts. By breaking down your donation into manageable monthly or quarterly segments, you can make a significant impact without a substantial one-time expense. 

 How to Participate in the Program: 

  • By Credit Card: Visit our secure giving page, select “I would my gift to be recurring,” and choose your preferred recurrence. You can also download, complete, and return the Recurring Giving Authorization Form
  • By Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT): Complete the Recurring Giving Authorization Form and mail it with a voided check or deposit slip to: Thaddeus Stevens Foundation Attn: Annual Giving 740 East End Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602 

Matching Gift 

Maximize the impact of your donation through your company’s Matching Gift Program, which could double or even triple your contribution to the College! You can typically find Matching Gift forms in your company’s Human Resources Department. Remember, retirees and spouses may also be eligible to participate in gift matching.

Gifts of Equipment, Tools, and Supplies

Non-cash gifts are a valuable resource to the college. Such gifts offset financial resources that can be applied elsewhere in the college’s operations. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology partners with companies interested in putting their new state-of-the-art equipment in our labs so our students become familiar with and trained on the equipment prior to entering the workforce. Other opportunities include providing materials and supplies needed for the various programs. Contact the Office of Advancement to discuss the details of your potential donation. 

Securities Transfers

Stock that has increased in value is one of the most popular assets used in charitable giving. To qualify as a tax-deductible gift, you must own the securities for a minimum of at least one year.  In addition to receiving an income tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the stock on the effective day of the transfer, you will avoid paying capital-gains taxes on the appreciation. Please reach out to our advancement team if you are interested in this option.

Payroll Deduction for Thaddeus Stevens Employees

As esteemed members of our team, you already contribute immensely through your dedication and hard work. Making a financial contribution is another powerful way to affirm your belief in our collective future and demonstrate your pride in our community. While you can always make a one-time gift online or by mail, we recommend considering a payroll deduction as a seamless method to provide continuous support. Payroll deductions simplify giving by automatically allocating a portion of your paycheck to the Foundation. Even a small amount from each paycheck can accumulate to a significant contribution over time. To begin contributing through payroll deduction, simply complete a payroll deduction form. Start making a difference today! 

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Gifts 

Donors aged 70 ½ or older can make tax-free contributions directly from their IRAs to the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation, known as Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs). These donations are exempt from taxes whether you itemize deductions or not. The maximum allowable donation per person is $100,000 and must be made directly to the Foundation, not as a planned gift. Please reach out to our Office of Advancement team if you are interested in this option at

Savings Bonds

Savings Bonds represent major assets that may have stopped growing and are now forgotten in a bank box, waiting to be used for a good purpose. Why not put them to work as a gift to the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation? 

Wire Transfers

A wire transfer allows for the electronic transfer of funds without the need for a physical check. For detailed instructions on how to make a gift via wire transfer, contact our Office of Advancement at

Business and Industry Giving

Corporate partners can support the College in various ways, including philanthropic donations and grants, the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) sharing industry expertise through speaking engagements, and enhancing career development via student internships. For more information and additional partnership opportunities, please explore our Business and Industry Page.

These partnerships are vital to our mission of fostering education and innovation! 

Real Estate

Using real estate, such as your house, a vacation or rental home, a vacant lot, a farm, or commercial property, to fund a gift to the college allows you to preserve your cash assets, receive significant tax and income advantages, and make a larger charitable gift than anticipated. For large gifts to the college, there are numerous naming opportunities in facilities and endowments that would establish a family legacy. 

Make a gift of remainder interest in your current home, receive sizable tax benefits now, and continue living in your home for the rest of your life.

Life Insurance   

By naming the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, you can also fulfill your desire to support our educational mission.  An alternative is to make the Foundation both owner and sole beneficiary, providing a tax deduction for the donor for the policy’s cash surrender value. 

Gifts through your will

A bequest is one of the most impactful ways to make an estate gift. By including the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation in your will, you can significantly impact future students and programs without affecting your current financial resources. Discussing and planning your gift today ensures that your intentions will be honored by the Foundation. You can specify your bequest to the Foundation for a particular purpose, or it can contribute to an unrestricted endowment. 

Several options are available for making a bequest: 

  •  You may leave a specific dollar amount or asset. 
  •  You may allocate a percentage of your estate. 
  •  You may contribute from the remainder of your estate after other bequests are fulfilled. 
  •  You may designate the Foundation as a beneficiary for particular assets. 

Please reach out to our Office of Advancement team if you are interested in this option at

Charitable Remainder Trust and Charitable Gift Annuity  

Honoring a loved one through a charitable gift is an especially meaningful way of paying tribute to someone special. When you want to express condolences or congratulations you may wish to consider a tribute gift to the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation. Tribute gifts may commemorate a special event in your family’s life—a birthday, anniversary, wedding, or retirement. They are also appropriate memorials for someone who passed away, and you want to leave a legacy in their honor. 

Your tribute gift will be acknowledged to the person or family that you designate at the time of your gift and you will receive an acknowledgement for your tax-deductible contribution. 

To do this, simply give here and specify who the gift is honoring.


Charitable Remainder Trust 

At Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, your contributions reach far beyond the confines of our campus, shaping the future of our students and the broader community. By considering a charitable gift annuity (CGA) or a charitable remainder trust (CRT), you not only foster our mission but also secure financial benefits for yourself or your loved ones.

Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) 
A CGA with Thaddeus Stevens offers you a straightforward way to donate. It involves a simple contract where you make a gift and in return, receive fixed annual payments for life. This option provides:

  • Guaranteed Income: Stable, predictable returns irrespective of market fluctuations.
  • Tax Advantages: Immediate tax deductions and potentially tax-free returns. 
  • Simplicity and Assurance: Easy setup with the assurance that your gift directly impacts our students’ education and lives.

Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) 
For those considering a more tailored giving approach, a CRT provides flexibility and potential for growth in your contributions. This trust allows:

  • Variable Income: Payments that adjust annually with the trust’s asset performance, offering the potential for growth. 
  • Significant Tax Benefits: Reduce your taxable income through immediate deductions and avoid or defer capital gains tax. 
  • Customized Support: Choose how you want to support—whether it’s funding specific programs or contributing to the college’s endowment. 

Every gift plays a pivotal role at Thaddeus Stevens, whether securing the college’s legacy or providing immediate support to our students and faculty. Explore the possibilities of CGAs and CRTs to find the best fit for your financial and philanthropic goals. 

To learn more about how you can make a lasting impact at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, please reach out to our Office of Advancement team at

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We are committed to ensuring our supporters give back in a way that is beneficial and meaningful for them. Contact the Foundation directly at 717.299.7776 or for additional information.

Management Fees 

Thaddeus Stevens Foundation shall have the right to charge a one-time fee (3% of gift value) on endowment and special purpose gifts to cover donation handling, fund establishment, and maintenance costs. 

Annual Fund Administration Fee: Thaddeus Stevens Foundation shall have the right to charge a reasonable annual administration fee against its endowment and special purpose funds to cover management and operating expenses, in such amount as shall be approved each year by the Board of Directors of the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation. The current annual fee is 0.5%.