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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Learn which assets are most commonly used to fund a gift.



One of the most common ways to make a gift to Amherst College is to write a check, give a credit card number, or donate online.

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Stocks & Bonds

Giving long-term appreciated stock is one of the most tax advantaged ways to make charitable gifts. With careful planning, you can reduce your capital gains tax while supporting Amherst College.

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Retirement Assets

A gift of your retirement assets, such as an employee retirement plan, IRA, or tax-sheltered annuity, is an excellent way to make a gift. A gift of these assets can shield your heirs from taxes while funding Amherst's future.

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Life Insurance

Life insurance is a valuable asset for making a charitable gift. It can be made without diminishing other investments or assets earmarked for family members.

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Real Estate

A gift of real estate allows you to preserve your cash assets, receive tax and income advantages and make a significant charitable gift to Amherst.

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Personal Property

A gift of artwork, coins, antiques, or other personal property can be an excellent way to support Amherst.

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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...

Support Our MissionHow Your Gift HelpsBenefits of Giving

provide scholarships for students of promise.

sustain a faculty for whom teaching is a calling.

create transformational facilities and spaces.