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Ways to Give

You know your gift matters. Learn more about your giving options.

To make a gift by check, please send your contribution to:

The Fund for Simon’s Rock
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Simon’s Rock accepts VISA and MasterCard. While we are unable to process American Express cards at this time, you can contribute with an AMEX card through our online giving form. To make a contribution by credit card over the telephone, please contact Advancement Services Associate Mary Budzn at 413-528-7622.

Simon’s Rock welcomes donations via wire transfer. Instruct your brokerage or bank office to arrange for the transfer of funds electronically to the Simon’s Rock account at KeyBank.

  • ABA Routing Number: 021300077
  • Name and Address of Bank: KeyBank of New York, Albany, NY
  • KeyBank Checking Account Number: 3253-7000-4070
  • KeyBank Checking Account Name: Simon’s Rock College of Bard
  • Additional Information: Please provide the name of the Donor and any desired purpose for your gift

To ensure proper crediting of your donation, please email or mail a copy of the instructions you send to your broker or bank officer, along with any special instructions regarding the purpose of the gift, to

Or mail to:
Office of Institutional Advancement
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
84 Alford Rd
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Often a gift of appreciated securities is a very tax-effective way to support Simon’s Rock.

What is a donor-advised fund?

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a type of giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite charities easily. DAFs are an excellent way to simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your philanthropic goals.

Learn more about Donor Advised Funds
How does it work?
  1. Establish your DAF by making an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program
  2. Advise the investment allocation of the donated assets (any investment growth is tax-free);
  3. Recommend grants to qualified public charities of your choice, like Bard College at Simon’s Rock
What are the main advantages of the DAF?
  1. Simplicity: The DAF sponsor handles all record-keeping, disbursements, and tax receipts.
  2. Flexibility: Timing of your tax deduction can be separate from your charitable decision making.
  3. Tax efficiency: Contributions are tax-deductible and any investment growth in the DAF is tax-free. It is also easy to donate long term appreciated securities, eliminating capital gains taxes and allowing you to support multiple charities from one block of stock.
  4. Family legacy: A DAF is a powerful way to build or continue a tradition of family philanthropy.
  5. No start-up costs: There is no cost to establish a DAF. However, there are often minimum initial charitable contributions to establish the DAF (typically $5,000 or more).**
  6. No transaction fees: Once approved, 100% of your recommended grant goes to your qualified public charity of choice.**
  7. Privacy if desired: Donors may choose to be acknowledged or remain anonymous.

** Sponsoring organizations generally assess an administrative fee on the assets in a DAF. These fees vary by sponsoring organization. 

With matching gifts you can sometimes double or even triple your gift!

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies will also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

The Betty Hall Legacy Society

Elizabeth Blodgett Hall earned the reputation as a capable educational administrator devoted to the betterment of young people and a pioneer who was able to successfully translate her vision into an innovative and sustainable institution with her philanthropy.

Simon’s Rock established The Betty Hall Legacy Society to recognize the devotion and philanthropy of those who make provisions in their estate plans to sustain Simon’s Rock as the unique and innovative institution that allows bright, highly motivated adolescents to fully realize their intellectual and creative potential. You can help ensure the future of Simon’s Rock, while you secure your own finances in ways tailored to your age, your income and assets, and your vision of giving.

If you’d like more information, please contact

Simon’s Rock also accepts gifts in kind, and appreciates the support of all those who choose to contribute.