Gifts to the Brentwood Fund represent our dedication to the student experience and help to make every day at Brentwood School extraordinary. This important, collective effort brings the vision and mission of our school to life.
Like tuition, the amount we need to raise increases every year. This year, our Brentwood Fund goal is $3.8 million and 100% participation!
Your Gift at Work
By making a donation to the Brentwood Fund, you directly support key aspects of our school—faculty salaries and professional development opportunities to new curriculum initiatives, financial assistance, robust student programs, arts and athletics, extracurricular activities and clubs, and more. Gifts to the Brentwood Fund also provide excellent preparation for college and beyond, help to build a phenomenal alumni network, a valuable experience in leadership in service, and lessons for a lifetime.
As the school’s top philanthropic priority, the Brentwood Fund provides 10% of this year’s total budget. Giving to the Brentwood Fund shows our communal strength and benefits every student directly.
You may achieve tax savings by making your gift via stocks or other capital assets. If you donate appreciated, marketable securities that you have owned for more than one year and one day, you may receive a charitable deduction for the full market value on the date of the transfer. Neither you nor Brentwood School would be required to pay capital gains tax on this type of gift. If you have securities that have decreased in value, you may be able to take a deductible loss when you sell the stocks and donate the proceeds. To access the Gift of Securities Form, please click here.
We welcome gifts of goods or services that may provide a budgetary savings to the school or fulfill a particular departmental need. Per IRS guidelines, the school will not assign a dollar value to your gift, but will provide a thank you letter substantiating your in kind donation. We recommend you consult your tax advisor to explore the tax benefits specific to such a gift.
Many corporations will match philanthropic donations made by their employees. This is a great way to maximize your gift. You could possibly double or even triple your gift with a corporate match. Simply send us the appropriate paperwork from your employer’s human resources or personnel department, and your gift to Brentwood School will be matched according to your company's guidelines. If you are not sure if your company has a matching gift program, please go to www.matchinggifts.com/brentwood.
Gifts Through Estate Planning
Donors may wish to consider giving through such means as a will, life insurance, a bequest, or a charitable trust. These types of gifts have a noble destination—to help secure the future of our school. Your generosity not only impacts the lives of our current students, but also has long term benefits for students who will pass through our doors for years to come. These gifts may also help reduce estate and inheritance taxes. We encourage you to speak with your financial planner when considering this type of gift. For more information, please contact the Advancement Office at (310) 889-2667.
PLEASE NOTE: Brentwood School is not engaged in rendering legal or tax advice. For advice and assistance in specific cases, the services of an attorney or other professional advisor should be obtained. The purpose of this page is to provide general information only. Please be aware of tax code revisions. State laws govern wills, trusts, and charitable gifts made in a contractual arrangement. Advice from legal counsel should always be sought when considering these types of gifts.
A gift should be made in an amount that is meaningful and generous for your family! A gift—no matter the size—makes an immediate and lasting impact on the student experience.
$50,000 or more
Head of School Circle
up to $2,499
Gifts are acknowledged in the Fall issue of BWS Magazine by giving level.