The promise of access

Preserving our historic strengths by supporting outstanding students and faculty.

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The promise of discovery

Opportunities to learn by doing, through research experience, field-based work, and course-related travel.

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The promise of achievements

The contributions of our alumni in every walk of life continue to grow in vast disproportion to their numbers.

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The promise of generations

Alumni, parents, and friends have made Amherst one of the most exceptional colleges in the country.

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Gift planning is creative. The most popular planned gifts are described here, but we invite you to have a conversation with our office about the many ways that you can support Amherst through gift planning.

Find Your Best Way to Give

To help you determine the ideal gift to Amherst, we've developed an easy-to-use web tool. It's just a few questions. Give it a try!


A charitable gift from your estate is a favored method of giving that enables you to achieve your financial goals and benefit Amherst.

Bequest Language

Sample bequest language is offered below for your legal counsel’s consideration in preparing your will or trust. This enables you to make generous gifts that may not be possible during your lifetime.

Beneficiary Designation

While some assets are transferred by will or through a trust, retirement plans and life insurance policies are governed by a separate type of document, called a beneficiary designation.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity is a way to make a gift to Amherst College, receive income for yourself or others and be entitled to a current income tax deduction for a portion of the assets given to fund the gift annuity.

Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity

A deferred gift annuity provides fixed payments to you for life in exchange for your gift of cash or securities. The payments start on a date you choose that is at least one year after you make the gift.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

A charitable remainder trust may help you maintain or increase your income while making a significant gift to Amherst College. If your unitrust grows, your payments will grow too, providing a hedge against inflation.

Compare Gifts

Giving to Amherst College can be either immediate or deferred through a planned gift based on you and your family's needs. We’ve created a chart so you can compare the different types of assets and determine the advantages of giving certain gifts.

How Your Gift Helps

Your gifts to Amherst College help to educate men and women so that they may seek, value, and advance knowledge, engage the world around them, and lead principled lives of consequence. It will provide the College with the resources to...

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provide scholarships for students of promise. sustain a faculty for whom teaching is a calling. create transformational facilities and spaces.