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Ways to Give


By Check

Please make check payable to Fenwick High School. Mail to 505 Washington Boulevard Oak Park, IL 60302 Attn: Institutional Advancement

Via Credit Card
(Visa, Master Card, AmEx, Discover)

Please call Stephanie Harris at 708-948-0347 ( or Cindy Erwin at 708-948-0324 ( or on-line at Make a Gift.

With Publicly Traded Securities

Please see DTC delivery instructions here. If you choose to make a gift of shares, please alert your broker to let our broker know who you are and the number and type of shares you wish to donate, so we can properly and timely acknowledge your gift.

Gifts of appreciated stock can be a very tax efficient way to donate to Fenwick. When you elect to make a donation to Fenwick of long-term appreciated stock, you receive the full value of the shares as a tax-deductible charitable donation and you can avoid long-term capital gains tax.

For example, if you own 20 shares of XYZ Corp. currently valued at $2,000 with a cost basis of $1,000 that you have held for more than one year, you can donate the stock today for $2,000 and avoid paying capital gains tax on the $1,000 gain on the stock. Fenwick receives $2,000 and you would be able to take a charitable tax deduction for the full $2,000 gift. If you elect to sell that stock first and donate the net proceeds (assuming 15% long-term capital gains tax rate), you would pay $150 in capital gains tax (15% of the $1,000 gain), and make a $1,850 gift to Fenwick for which you could take a charitable tax deduction.

Recurring Gifts

Fenwick Guardians is Fenwick's monthly-giving program. Guardians are generous and loyal benefactors who commit to an automated monthly gift via credit card or ACH withdrawal. Please visit Fenwick Guardian or contact Stephanie Harris, Donor Relations Administrator, at or 708-948-0347 for more information. 


A pledge may be made within the same fiscal year (July 1 to June 30): e.g., a pledge for annual giving can be made in the fall with the intention it be paid in the spring. Or a pledge can be made for a multi-year period including either/both the Fenwick Fund and/or the Centennial Capital Campaign. For example, a combined pledge may be something like the following: $10,000/year for five years (total of $50,000) to be evenly split between $5,000/year for the Fenwick Fund and $5,000/year for the Centennial Campaign.

Please click here for a pledge form.

Event Participation

Fenwick's three main institutional fundraising events - the Blackfriars Gala, the Friar Classic Golf Outing and the Pass the Torch golf outing all support the Fenwick Fund.


Gifts of tangible property or services. These are most often gifts of a specific item or piece of equipment for a particular program or team or auction items that Fenwick may use at one of several auctions related to its events throughout the year. This may also be a professional service that is provided to Fenwick at reduced or no cost.

Per IRS regulations, gifts-in-kind will be acknowledged with a donation letter that describes the item or service provided but does not place a dollar value on the donation. It is up to the donor and his/her tax advisor to determine a value for charitable gift purposes.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Courtyard Bricks

Fenwick Legacy Chairs

Please see Planned Giving for other gifts of property (e.g., private securities, real estate, collectibles, etc.), life insurance, charitable trusts, wills and estates, and so on.


Make a Gift 

The Impact of Your Gift


*Fenwick High School does not provide tax or legal advice. Please consult your own tax and/or legal advisor before making any charitable gift to Fenwick. Fenwick's federal tax ID is 36-1066828.

For more information about the various ways to give and/or any general questions about Fenwick’s philanthropic efforts, please contact Vice President of Institutional Advancement Chris Ritten at or 708-948-0350.

Thank you for your support of Fenwick High School!