What is Wheeler’s Day of Giving?
It’s a moment for the entire Wheeler School community – alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, and friends – to celebrate their pride in all things purple and gold through philanthropic impact. Together we will raise support for the Wheeler Fund on Thursday, May 6, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST. To build momentum, we will begin accepting Early Bird gifts on April 28 leading up to the big event on May 6.
How much should I give on Wheeler’s Day of Giving?
Participation is paramount: every gift of any size matters!
Gifts will range from $5 to over $5,000. We strive to earn the support of 100 percent of current families every year, and to rally far-reaching support from our alumni and past-parent communities. Each gift brings us closer to our goal.
I can’t make a large gift. Does my participation actually make a difference?
Yes! Many small gifts add up. And a strong level of participation shows the world – from prospective parents to school-ranking websites and even to lending and grant-making institutions – that our community believes in the mission of the school and has a shared commitment to ensuring an educational experience at the highest levels of excellence. (Plus you will help win great prizes for the students!)
What is the impact of my gift to the Wheeler Fund?
Gifts to the Wheeler Fund are put to work immediately to support students, faculty, and innovative programming in all four divisions on our two campuses. As a direct result of your gifts, Wheeler and Hamilton will continue to develop new and exciting learning opportunities for our students and support the continuous development of our talented faculty. During the COVID-19 crisis, our highest priority was keeping our community together – first virtually, and then back on our campus – and the generosity of our loyal donors was critical to fulfilling that promise.
Here's how the Wheeler Fund makes a difference every day:
What if I already made a gift to the Wheeler Fund this year?
First of all: THANK YOU! Because of your generosity, Wheeler has raised more than $550,000 for this year’s Wheeler Fund to date, and those gifts have already been invested right back into the academic and enrichment programs that make a Wheeler education stand out. On May 6, we will aim to raise the $150,000 that will bring us to our overall goal of $700,000 for the year.
If you would like to join in the fun with a gift of any size to add momentum and help earn some giving challenges, we’d welcome your participation! We also need your help promoting Wheeler’s Day of Giving to others. We have created sample emails and social media posts to help you do this more easily. These will be located in our online Ambassador Toolkit, which is coming soon!
Can I make a gift of stock, or give through a Donor Advised Fund or my IRA?
Yes! Wheeler accepts non-cash gifts like appreciated securities, distributions from your DAF or IRA, and other methods outlined here.
Can I use my employer's matching gifts funds?
Yes! We strongly encourage you to take advantage of your employer’s generosity to enhance the impact of your support. To see if your company offers this benefit or to learn more about your company's guidelines, visit our matching gift portal.
What do I do if I want to send a gift now, but it won't arrive until after WDoG?
No problem! Please just fill out a pledge/gift intention form so we can be sure to include your generosity in our totals. All gifts must be received by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2021.
Are Wheeler’s Day of Giving contributions tax deductible?
Your gift is entirely tax deductible to the extent provided by law. You will receive an email confirmation that will serve as your receipt for tax purposes. Additionally, you may wish to be aware of two key provisions of the CARES Act related to extended tax incentives that may apply to you when you make a gift to charity in 2021.
Is my payment secure?
Absolutely! Wheeler's Day of Giving is facilitated by GiveGab, a company that has partnered with Stripe, a PCI Service Provider Level 1 (the most stringent level of certification possible). Read through Stripe's security documentation online.
Does it cost anything to give through Wheeler’s Day of Giving? How much of my donation will Wheeler receive?
There is a 3.5% processing fee and a 2.5% (+ $.30) bank fee for donations made using all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express). If you give over $100, you will have the option to give via ACH transfer, which incurs a 3.5% processing fee and flat $3.00 bank fee that replaces the credit card fee outlined above. We are grateful to those who choose to cover these fees, which allows the full amount of your gift to be applied to the student experience. If you prefer not to offset the expense of processing fees, simply uncheck the fee coverage box before processing your gift.
How can I help promote Wheeler’s Day of Giving?
By being an Ambassador! Ambassadors are Wheeler's digital leaders, sharing messages and creating excitement about Wheeler’s Day of Giving before and during the big day. Our online Ambassador Toolkit is coming soon, and it will set you up with everything you need to email your contacts, post on social media, or shout it from the rooftops! We would love to have your help in getting the word out!
Who can I contact with questions about Wheeler’s Day of Giving?