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Make a gift today and impact the life of an ASSIST Scholar. Gifts in any amount are welcomed, and every gift counts! ASSIST's fundraising activities usually contribute over 30% of the funds required each year to drive its operations.
Contributing consistently to the Annual Fund is an important way to demonstrate your commitment to ASSIST's mission by providing an annual gift that fuels the excellence of ASSIST's operations and services to Scholars, schools, alumni, and partnerships with other organizations of like purpose.
As is true with other charitable organizations in the United States, ASSIST's Annual Fund is an essential component of a balanced budget, without which programs and staff would have to be reduced. Annual Fund gifts are fully tax-deductible in the U. S. and in Germany (with other countries to follow). A number of corporations match employee contributions. Gifts to endowment and to student sponsorship oftentimes accompany a gift to the Annual Fund.
Scholar Sponsorship makes it financially possible for students of modest economic means to participate in ASSIST. More than 30 sponsorships are awarded each year. Donors often commit for multiple years and direct gifts to a country or a region of particular interest. Multiple year support in a region or country is preferred. We invite you to sponsor a student (cost $8,000). Several endowed sponsorships exist, and we encourage you to consider making a capital gift that would sponsor a student or students in perpetuity.
Matching Corporate Contribution
Corporate matching gifts are a great way for ASSIST alumni, parents, and friends to maximize personal contributions to ASSIST. By taking advantage of your company's matching gift benefit, you will increase your gift's impact - oftentimes doubling the amount of your contribution. We invite you to explore this opportunity.
Step 1: Find out if your company has a matching gift program.
Step 2: Each company has its own guidelines:
- Contact your Human Resources Department to be sure ASSIST is listed as an eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If not, we will provide substantiation and would deeply appreciate your help registering us.
- Once registered, obtain a matching gift form.
- Enclose the completed form to ASSIST with your contribution.
- ASSIST will verify your contribution and return the form to your employer, who will send the matched gift directly to ASSIST.
Capital Giving to Endowment
Capital giving ensures that ASSIST maintains a strong permanent endowment with the funds necessary to provide new programs and to service existing ones, build operational strength, and invest in facilities and technology. Capital giving further strengthens ASSIST's viability and sustainability into its future. We are pleased to name newly-created endowment funds at the donor’s direction.
With a planned giving strategy, donors can put their assets to work in ways that are personally meaningful and of benefit to ASSIST. There are a number of gift options available at ASSIST. If one of the strategies below seems appropriate for you, we invite you to contact us to learn more.
Different from annual giving, a planned charitable gift provides long-term term financial stewardship for ASSIST. It enables us to extend our worldwide geographic boundaries and expands our ability to serve our member schools, Scholars and a network of alumni. Among the benefits that you, the donor, might consider are:
- Bequests. Monetary gifts can also be given over a period of years as a pledge through a revocable bequest.
- Income paid for life to you or another beneficiary. An immediate IRS income tax deduction (and savings) for a portion of the value of the gift, often a significant part. Capital gains tax reduced or avoided when appreciated securities or real property are used. Increased income when a gift pays a higher yield than the normal dividend generated by the donated asset. Assurance of sound financial management. Satisfaction of giving a gift with long-term impact.
- Gifts of appreciated securities. Gifts of stocks, bonds, and other securities may offer attractive tax advantages: capital gains taxes are avoided, and the full market value of the stock is tax-deductible.
- Corporate matching gifts. Many businesses match the personal gifts made by employees, retirees, and family members to nonprofit associations [501(c)(3)]. This provides an opportunity to double your gift.
- Real estate. Unmortgaged real estate can be contributed outright or can be used to establish a Life Estate that allows the donor to continue to use the real estate. A donor can contribute 100% or just a portion of his/her ownership.
- Life insurance. ASSIST can be named as a beneficiary of an existing policy or can be given the policy, which ultimately can be sold for its cash value.
- Tangible personal property. A gift of capital assets (art objects, rare books, equipment, antiques, etc.) may be given by the donor (to avoid being liable for a capital gains tax) for the immediate benefit of the organization.
- Deferred gifts. Deferred gifts can be revocable or irrevocable. A life-income gift is irrevocable and carries with it a fixed percentage income. A charitable gift annuity is fixed and never changing. A pooled income fund (resembles a mutual fund) of contributors yields both interest and dividends.
- Designated gifts. Donors can direct their gift for a specific and restricted purpose.
- Host Family Program
- Alumni Receptions
- Country-specific Sponsorship
- 50th Anniversary
- Gifts in Kind
- Staff/Operation Support