Annual Fund

Watkinson School's Annual Fund benefits every student.
Gifts to Watkinson School's Annual Fund: The Fund for Everyday Excellence has an immediate impact and enhances opportunities on every student's educational experience.  Whether it's funding for scholarships, innovative academic programs, library resources, athletic or creative arts equipment, gifts to the Annual Fund are unrestricted. By making a gift to the Annual Fund, you are ensuring that the school has the flexibility to meet challenges and address its greatest needs.

We appreciate and recognize every donor.

Many alumni, parents, grandparents, friends of the community and organizations are recognized in Watkinson School's Annual Report.  We hope you will choose to make a gift in support of this year's Annual Fund.

Giving Clubs

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  • Annual Fund Leadership Giving Clubs

    1881 Founder's Society......$25,000 and above
    David Watkinson Society....$10,000 - $24,999
    Nicholas Feringa Society........$5,000 - $9,999
    Trustees' Circle.....................$2,500 - $4,999
    Francis Goodwin Circle...........$1,500 - $2,499
  • Annual Fund Giving Clubs

    Circle of Excellence...............$1,000 - $1,499
    Friends of Watkinson..................$500 - $999
    Supporters...................................$1 - $499

For more information, contact

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How to Make a Gift

  1. Mail a check payable to Watkinson School to the attention of the Development Office.
  2. Make a gift online (We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express).
  3. Make a gift over the phone by calling the Development Office at 860-570-8128.

Double the Value of Your Contribution

Many corporations offer matching gift programs to their employees and their families. Matching gift support often doubles an individual’s gift, and all matching support is credited to the donor as recognition of their total giving.  Simply obtain a matching gift form, normally from your company’s human resource department, complete the necessary information and return it to the school with your gift.

A Variety of Ways to Give

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How do I make a cash gift or a gift by check?

    Donors should make checks payable to Watkinson School and note Annual Fund. The mailing address is: 
    Watkinson School
    180 Bloomfield Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06105
  • Q: Can I give online with my credit card?

    Complete your gift via credit card using the school's secure online giving webpage: 

    Donors may also give over the phone by calling the Development Office at 860-231-6294. Watkinson accepts VISA, MasterCard, and American Express.
  • Q: How can I set up a recurring gift?

    To set up a recurring gift, paid in monthly or quarterly installments, please contact Rita Ramos in the Development Office at 860-570-8123. Recurring gifts allow you to provide consistent support to Watkinson. By contributing manageable increments over the course of the year, you can maximize the impact of your gift to Watkinson while avoiding a large, one-time sum.  
  • Q: How can I set up a stock transfer and take advantage of that tax benefit?

    By giving securities directly to Watkinson you are able to take a tax deduction for the full value of the stock. When transferring gifts of stock, please notify the school of the donor's name, name of the stock, and number of shares so that your gift may be processed quickly and accurately. 
    To make a stock gift simply contact your broker with the information below:
    DTC participant #: 0075
    Account Name:  Watkinson School
    Account #: 7214-3888
    Glenn Shafer
    LPL - Shafer Investment Management Co.
    433 South Main Street #324
    West Hartford, CT 06107

    Please notify Jennifer Destefani in the Development Office when transfer has been made at or 860-570-8128.
  • Q: I would like to know more about IRA transfers.

    If you are 70 1/2 or older and own a traditional or Roth IRA, you can transfer up to $100,000 in a given tax year to any public charity of your choice, including Watkinson.  Such a gift counts towards your required minimum distribution and, though you will not be eligible for a tax deduction, your gift will not count towards your taxable income.  
    Please call Jennifer Destefani at 860-570-8128 with questions.