Ways to Give

There are almost as many variations on ways to make a donation as there are needs to be met. Explore this section to discover new ways to make a gift that also take into consideration your personal circumstances and the needs of your loved ones.

1. Cash Gifts

Cash, Check, and credit cards gifts can be made to the Franciscan Montessori Earth School. The School EIN number for tax purposes is 22-3164899. You can also donate online:

One-time donation via the secure payment system at Greater Giving. Click here to Donate Now online

2. Matching Funds from your Employer

Your employer or other agency may be able to provide matching funds for your gift. Check with your HR Department about how to enroll. If they have questions, have them contact the FMES/SFA Advancement Office at 503-760-8220 Ext 237. The School EIN number for tax purposes is 22-3164899

3. Bequests

Learn how to help others and Franciscan Montessori Earth School and St. Francis Academy by using one of the most popular and simplest ways to make a gift.

4. Beneficiary Designations

Continue supporting our work even after your lifetime by naming us as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance or insurance annuity assets.

5. Charitable Gift Annuities

Read more about how to make a donation and, in turn, receive a fixed annuity payment each year for life.

6. Charitable IRA Rollover

Under the extended charitable IRA legislation for 2012 and 2013, if you’re 70½ or older, you can make charitable gifts now to Franciscan Montessori Earth School and St. Francis Academy using funds from your individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without undesirable tax effects.

7. Charitable Remainder Trusts

In the right circumstances, this plan can increase your income, reduce your taxes, unlock appreciated investments, rid you of investment worries and ultimately provide very important support.

8. Memorial and Honorary Gifts

If you have a family member or friend whose life has been touched by Franciscan Montessori Earth School and St. Francis Academy, we hope you’ll consider making a gift to us in honor of that person.

9. Endowed Gifts

Discover a powerful way to make a gift to us in your name or in the name of a loved one while realizing tax benefits for your kindness.

10. Give Your Home, But Live There for Life

Find out how you can make a gift to Franciscan Montessori Earth School and St. Francis Academy of a remainder interest in your home, receive sizable tax benefits now and continue living in your home for the rest of your life.

11. Donor Advised Funds

Access the giving power of a private foundation without the expense or complexity.

12. Charitable Lead Trusts

Make a donation now while reducing the tax burden for your heirs in the future.

13. Vehicle Donation

Donate a vehicle and the proceeds go to the school.

14. In-Kind Donations

Read about the different goods and services that may be appreciated by the school.

15. Good Search and Good Shop

Using the Good Search and Good Shop links are an easy way to earn funds for the school.



  • Sample Bequest Language
  • IRS Form 8282, “Donee Information Return” (PDF)
  • IRS Form 8283, “Noncash Charitable Contributions” (PDF)
  • Instructions for Form 8283 (PDF)
  • IRS Publication 526, “Charitable Contributions” (PDF)
  • IRS Publication 561, “Determining the Value of Donated Property” (PDF)


The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For legal or tax advice, please consult an attorney. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes apply to federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results.