Summit’s independence as a public charter school is what allows us to be the vibrant and tuition-free school we are, but our self-governance comes with a price. While we have tremendous creativity and flexibility in our curriculum, we receive significantly less funding than a traditional public school. In fact, government funds cover only 75% of the cost of educating each child at Summit.

There are many ways to make a charitable contribution to our school. Each gift option has tax benefits to the donor as the Summit Charter School Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.

The summaries below are intended to draw attention to the various gift forms and this page explains the variety of funds you can support. Thank you for considering the gift of education today!

Ways to Give

  • Gifts of Cash +

    The majority of gifts received by Summit Charter School are in the form of cash contributions for which donors, depending on their individual financial circumstances, may receive tax benefits. The school may put gifts of cash to immediate use for programs, endowments and projects.

    To make a monetary gift, you may contact the school directly or donate online in secure transactions via PayPal. You will receive a receipt of your transaction instantly.


  • Gifts of Securities +

    Gifts of Securities are valued at the median price on the date of transfer to Summit Charter School. Capital gains on the amount of appreciation may be avoided, and depending on the donor's personal tax situation, he or she may receive a tax deduction for the full market value of the stocks.

  • Matching Gifts +

    Maximize your gift by asking your employer to match your donation to Summit Charter School! More than 1,000 businesses and companies match donations made by their employees and retirees to independent secondary schools. The process is initiated by the donor who contacts his or her company's human resources department, or corporate foundation, for the required forms. The value of the matching gift is recognized in the donor's gift record.100% of your donation is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.

  • Other Property +

    Gifts-in-kind are tangible items such as works of art, equipment, books, furniture, antiques, real estate, and similar non-monetary contributions. A gift of tangible property may result in a tax deduction for the donor, with the amount of the deduction determined by whether or not the gift meets the "related use" test.

  • Deferred Gifts & Bequests +

    Many individuals can make a substantial gift to Summit Charter School through a bequest provision, a life income gift, or a trust. There are tax advantages associated with each type of gift and individuals should seek the advice of their own financial advisors before creating or revising an estate plan.

  • Shop for Summit +

    There are a number of retail outlets that offer opportunities to support a school of your choice simply by making the purchases you would make otherwise. Please see the list of participating retailers to the right and remember to SHOP FOR SUMMIT!

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 If you have questions about making gifts of any kind to Summit Charter School, please call or write:

Summit Charter School Foundation
Attn: Melissa Hudson
P.O. Box 2493
Cashiers, NC 28717
828-743-5755 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.