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Gift Instructions

Here are various ways you can give to Lake Forest College and how to do it:

Cash Gifts

You can make a one-time or recurring gift online here or send a check payable to Lake Forest College to:

Office of Development 
Lake Forest College
555 N. Sheridan Road
Lake Forest,IL 60045

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer’s name below. (If you don’t see a search box, click here.)

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to our organization may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

Stocks or mutual fund shares

Gifts of securities are popular alternatives to cash. The donor receives many benefits, including receiving a maximum charitable income tax deduction and avoiding paying capital gains tax. 

The donor should notify the College by calling 847-735-6000 or emailing to ensure the gift is credited correctly when the transfer is complete.

Transfer instructions:

William Blair and Company
c/o Lori Hansen, 312-364-8645
DTC number: 0226
Account number: GER-011516 
(current as of 11/1/18 - questions, call 847-735-6000 or email  

Giving Through Your Estate

Many supporters designate a portion of their assets via bequests in their wills or directions in their living trusts to benefit Lake Forest College. These gifts enable you to make a significant gift that you may not be able to otherwise. More information >>

Sample bequest language: 

“I give, devise, and bequeath to Lake Forest College, the sum of $_____ (or a description of the specific asset), for the benefit of Lake Forest College and its general purposes/for the following purpose (state the purpose): _______.”

Gifts That Provide Income to You

Life income plans are a great way to make a substantial gift to support Lake Forest College while still providing for your personal financial needs. There are several types of such plans, all of which combine income for life for one or more beneficiaries with a charitable gift. More information >>

Gifts That Provide for Your Heirs

The charitable lead trust is an excellent option for those who wish to make a substantial gift but still plan for heirs in the future. More information >>

Tangible Personal Property

Gifts-in-kind are items of tangible personal property or other physical assets — including artwork, books, equipment or specialized instruments — which serve the educational mission of Lake Forest College. More information >> 

Payroll Deduction

Full-time faculty and staff members of Lake Forest College may donate through automatic payroll deduction. To begin your payroll deduction, please email


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