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Charitable contributions strengthen Bethel’s foundation and launch the college to a new level of excellence and service. There are many ways to give.
Please contact any member of the development staff for additional information.

Give a one-time cash gift or spread your gifts over a period of time. Many corporations match employees’ gifts to educational institutions. Will yours?

Automatic Bank Draft/Electronic Funds Transfer

A monthly withdrawl from your bank account, on the 1st of the 15th.

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Appreciated securities and real estate

Gifts of stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit or real estate can be transferred to Bethel by your broker or investment advisor. This is a tax-wise way of supporting the college.

IRA charitable rollover

If you are 70½ or older and interested in rolling over your IRA to Bethel, please talk to a member of the development staff.

Charitable trusts

Irrevocably gift assets to a trust that pays income for life or a term of years. The assets will eventually benefit Bethel in a way that you determine.

Charitable gift annuities

Share assets and receive tax-free income, a charitable deduction and help Bethel.

Gift of property with life estate reserved

Transfer property to Bethel with the understanding that you or your beneficiaries will receive income for life or a set number of years.


Designate a portion of your estate through your will.

Life insurance

Name Bethel as owner and beneficiary of a new or established policy and receive tax benefits through charitable deductions.

Retirement plan assets

Name Bethel as the beneficiary of your retirement plan assets. You may receive significant tax savings.

Matching Gifts

Some companies match donations. Check if yours has such a policy, obtain a form, send it with your contribution. Some employers even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.


About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.