Ways to give
The Gift of an Education: An Ever-Lasting Legacy
There are various ways to contribute to the mission and work of the KSD Education Foundation. We align your passions with your contribution to assist you in leaving a meaningful impact on students, schools, and our community. Explore our giving options to discover how you can make a meaningful impact in a student's life, paving the way for a brighter future in ways not supported by tax dollars.
Invest in your community today; your contribution has the power to positively change the lives of students right here at home!
Thank you for your interest in donating to the KSD Education Foundation. If you would like to make a gift online, please CLICK HERE. This will allow you to make a secure recurring or one-time contribution online.
Available payment methods are check, donor-advised fund, credit card, Venmo, PayPal, Apple Pay*, or Google Pay*.
*Recurring donations are only available with credit card and PayPal payment methods. You must be on a device using digital wallet to use Apple Pay or Google Pay.
Donate by Mail
Please print this form and mail it with a check payable to the KSD Education Foundation to the address below. You may send in a check without filling out the form, but please specify what KSDEF program you are donating to in the memo line. If left blank, your contribution will go to KSDEF's general fund.
Donate by Phone
Please call 816-628-6475 to make your donation by phone using a credit card.
Making a gift in honor or memory of a family member, friend, colleague, teacher, or community leader is a touching way to pay tribute to that special person. These gifts can be made to support the general fund of the Foundation or designated for a particular purpose, program, or fund. When you give an honorarium or memorial gift, the honoree or the deceased's family will receive a gift acknowledgment recognizing the donor. As the donor, you will receive a receipt to record your tax-deductible donation. Donations may be made online, by phone, or by mail. If you'd like to establish an honor or memorial scholarship (non-endowed), please CLICK HERE.
Scholarship and Endowed Funds
The KSD Education Foundation has established an endowment fund with the intent to sustain support for the Kearney School District, not just for a year or a decade, but for generations. By preparing for the future, we provide a foundation vital to Kearney continuing as a destination district, even years from now when today’s students are parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.
Benefit from great exposure while helping KSD students!
The KSD Education Foundation offers business partners, families, and individuals the chance to put their brand logo/name on high-visibility community events each year. These fun, community-wide events provide great business exposure while raising funds to support KSDEF's mission.
KSDEF's annual events include the Turkey Trot and our Rise and Shine for Kids Community Breakfast. If you would like more information, please CLICK HERE.
Corporate Matching Gifts
Many companies and organizations will match or even multiply a portion of an employee's donation to a non-profit, significantly increasing a donor's gift to KSDEF. Companies may match many kinds of gifts, including one-time gifts, monthly pledges, workplace giving, and donations of professional services. Donors may check with their employer’s Human Resources Department to see if a matching gift program is available. The Foundation will help complete any necessary paperwork required.
Planned Giving : Legacy Giving
Planned giving leaves a legacy of learning for future generations of children in our community. By including the KSD Education Foundation as a beneficiary of your estate or will, your investment will become a lasting legacy that benefits our students and schools for years to come. Many options are available regarding planned giving, including:
Bequests through Wills
Memorial & Endowments Gifts
Charitable Gift Annuities
In many cases, there can be significant tax advantages in these types of giving, allowing you to contribute more significantly to help students achieve their full potential. We recommend you talk to your attorney and financial advisor for more details.
If you are over 72, you can make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA. Your donation is 100% tax-free, and IRA account owners can make direct charitable contributions of up to $100,000 annually. Additionally, this strategy won’t bump up your adjusted gross income, making a QCD one way to be charitable and reduce taxes. We recommend you contact your financial advisor or IRA custodian for more details.
Donate Appreciated Stock/Securities
You may enjoy two tax benefits with a gift of appreciated stock: Avoid paying taxes on the appreciated value and qualify for an income tax charitable deduction based on today’s market value when you itemize. We recommend you talk to your financial advisor for more details.
Donate Your Car
Save time and benefit the KSD Education Foundation by donating your car to KSDEF. We've partnered with CARS - Vehicle Donation Program to make the process quick and hassle-free. Click HERE for more information or call 1-855-500-RIDE.
Kearney School District employees may make a gift via payroll deduction to support KSDEF programs through the KSD's Pay It Forward Campaign. If you gave through payroll deduction last year, you’re already signed up at the same level this year. If you want to update your gift amount, please get in touch with payroll at the district office. Click HERE for more information.
In-Kind Donations : Give a Need
Non-monetary donations are always welcome! Often, items such as tickets to professional athletic events, food or gift basket items, and other items that can be raffled off later or needed for KSDEF fundraising events are donated, which is a huge help to the Foundation.
The KSD Education Foundation also collects items on behalf of the KSD Back to School Resource Fair, the KMO Kloset, and the KMO Kanteen to supply KSD students and families with essential resources such as food, clothing, and school supplies.
We aim to help equip the Kearney School District social workers and counselors with the resources to address students' immediate and emergency needs. Throughout the year, we gratefully accept donations of gently used clothing (all sizes), spirit gear, hygiene products, school supplies, non-perishable food items, and monetary contributions* to support these vital organizations. We also accept band instruments in good condition, which will be made available to check out by students who otherwise may be unable to participate due to cost. As the donor, you will receive a receipt to record your tax-deductible donation.
* Monetary donations help pay for meals for students who don't qualify for free and reduced lunch but still need help, cover KHS yearbook costs for those who need assistance, and help pay for kids' haircuts.