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|Ways to Give
There are numerous ways to support your nonprofit Folk School, and we're happy to help you find the right one for you. All gifts to the Folk School are acknowledged by letter that can be used for tax-filing purposes, and donors are recognized in our Annual Report unless they request anonymity.
Unrestricted Annual Fund donations are an important part of the Folk School's budget each year, helping us offer 850+ classes, present concerts and dances, fund our outreach programs, equip studios, and maintain housing and our 300-acre campus. Unless otherwise specified, donations benefit our annual fund. To donate now click here: Annual Fund
If you care about a specific aspect of the Folk School, you can typically designate your gift toward it. The most common gift designation is to benefit a program area you particularly enjoy such as woodturning or cooking. To designate a gift to a specific program area, simply write that program area on the Memo/For line on your check or let us know when you call 800-365-5724 to donate using your credit card.
We also have a Fund-A-Need listing of specific items in studios, housing or elsewhere on campus that would help improve students' experiences. Read here about our Fund-A-Need program.
The Folk School's endowment is designed to help sustain and improve the school for current and future generations of students. The fund has two main investment goals: to maintain the long-term purchasing power of the fund's principal and to provide a meaningful and stable flow of funds to the annual operating budget. Supporters interested in making a major gift to the Folk School may consider designating the gift to help grow our endowment.
People occasionally offer physical items they think might benefit the Folk School. If you have something you think we could use, call or email Kathi Osborne, Development Director, at 800-365-5724 or email@example.com. We'll ask the Resident Artist of the appropriate program area if it would be beneficial and if so, you can bring it to the school.
Many companies will match the contributions of employees and former employees. Check with the human resources department at your company to find out if there is a matching gift program and, if so, let us know.
Memorial and Honorific Gifts
You can honor someone living or memorialize someone who's passed away by donating in their name. We'll let an honoree know that you've provided a tribute to them, and when you provide a memorial gift, we'll inform the person's family that you've remembered their loved one in this way. Simply write "In honor of" or "In memory of" on the Memo/For line on your check or let us know when you call 800-365-5724 to donate using your credit card.
Join our Olive Dame Campbell Society by remembering the Folk School in your estate plans. Whether it's a set dollar amount or a percentage of your full estate, an IRA account, or life insurance policy, there are many ways to make a planned gift and you do not need a fortune to make a big difference. Visit this link for more information about our planned giving program.
If you're interested in donating unmortgaged real estate to the Folk School, please call Kathi Osborne, Development Director at 800-365-5724. Gifts of real estate must be approved by the school's board of directors.
We are developing a new information technology platform which will allow recurring gifts. In the future, you'll be able to designate a certain amount you'd like to donate each month using your credit card, including designating a recurring gift to a certain program area. We'll update this section once that function is available.
The Folk School offers both endowed and individually funded scholarship vehicles for generous donors interested in helping others have creative learning experiences. Read here about our scholarship program.
If you itemize your taxes, gifts of appreciated stock may allow you to support the Folk School while helping to lower your capital gains tax. Even if you don't itemize your taxes, stock gifts may be a good way to support the school without diminishing your liquid cash, and you still avoid the tax on the appreciated value of the stock. Consult your financial advisor to determine what's right for you.
If you would like to make a gift of appreciated stock to the Folk School, please contact us to obtain the information your broker will need to make the transfer. We ask that you let us know in advance anytime you plan to donate stock so we may appropriately process and acknowledge your gift. Call or email Kathi Osborne, Development Director, at 800-365-5724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specific Giving Options:
AmazonSmile Foundation allows you to easily donate to the Folk School at no cost to you. When you shop online at smile.amazon.com, choose John C. Campbell Folk School as your charity. We receive 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
Buy-A-Beam: Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop
Commemorating the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop, the Folk School has a "buy-a-beam" option. We invite you to become part of our renowned blacksmithing program by purchasing one of the 258 beams in this spectacular building for $1000 each. In doing this, you'll help support the future of blacksmithing in America. The Timber Framers Guild created a 3-D map of the design which helps donors locate their beam within the building. If you are interested in purchasing a beam or would like more information, please call or email Kathi Osborne, Development Director, at 800-365-5724 or email@example.com.
Music and Dance Fund
For decades, the Folk School has offered a robust music and dance class program. Throughout the year, students learn to play various instruments, sing, dance, and even call dances, and as part of our regular programming we also present year-round concerts and dances steeped in traditional Appalachian culture.
The Folk School's Music and Dance Fund is designed to provide support for initiatives going "above and beyond" our ongoing class, concert, and dance programming. With gifts from like-minded proponents of the positive effect of music and dance, the fund - once endowed with a minimum balance of $25,000 - will allow enhanced community engagement with master artists, educational outreach, and special events through annual distribution of earnings on the endowed balance.