How to Give

Thank you for considering making a gift to GMS. Ongoing support is essential for the school to grow and flourish. You can give to GMS in a variety of ways. If after reviewing the ways to give below, you still have questions about giving to GMS, please contact us at development@girlsms.org. 

Online Giving with Credit Card

Make your gift instantly through our secure online giving page with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover online. If you prefer, contact the Development Office and we can accept your credit card information by phone, including American Express. 

Checks or Cash

Checks made payable to The Girls’ Middle School can be mailed to the following address: The Girls’ Middle School, 3400 West Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303. You can drop off your check or cash in the secure silver mailbox outside the front door of the building facing West Bayshore Road. If you are donating cash, please be sure to include a note with your name and contact information with the cash in the envelope before you leave it in the secure silver mailbox.  

Pledging a Gift

If you are not ready to make your gift right now, please let us know your plans to give using our Pledge form. You can pledge now and pay later. We request that all pledges are fulfilled by May 31. 

Gifts of Stock

Gifts of appreciated securities offer significant tax advantages to the donor and are easy to arrange. Download this form for your broker and to review detailed instructions. Please contact the Development Office prior to making your gift to ensure proper receipt of your contribution.

Your brokerage firm will need the following information in order to complete the transfer. This information is included on the linked form.

To: First Republic Securities Co, LLC
Account Name: The Girls’ Middle School
Account Number: 33L115392
Clearing Firm: Pershing LLC
Pershing LLC DTC# 0443
Contact Broker: Sam Schoner, Hilary Yu, or Mary Jane Reyes (415) 262-4118
Email: schonerteam@firstrepublic.com

Donor-Advised Funds

You can recommend a grant to The Girls' Middle School through your Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) to support our fundraising campaigns. Please contact Tesha McCord Poe, Director of Advancement, to let us know your plans or if you have any questions.  

Wire Transfers and ACH Payments

You can give your gift or pay a pledge through a bank wire or ACH. Please contact the Development Office to let us know your plans and we will send you the GMS banking details. Be sure to include your name and gift information in the instructions. 

Matching Gifts

Corporate matching gift programs are a great way to double or triple your gift. Use our Double Your Donation tool or check with your Human Resources Department to learn whether your company has a matching gifts program and how to start the process.

Planned Gifts

Any asset may be transferred to The Girls’ Middle School by bequest. The gift may be made in your will, through a trust, or by designating The Girls’ Middle School as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan. Our planned-giving circle, The Founding Mothers Legacy Circle, honors the women who through their keen foresight and deep generosity made The Girls' Middle School possible. Please contact Tesha McCord Poe, Director of Advancement, to let us know your plans or if you have any questions.  

In-Kind Contributions

We welcome in-kind donations such as office equipment, classroom supplies, athletic equipment, and other items related to the educational program. Prior to making any in-kind contribution, please contact the Development Office.

The Development Office can provide information about the many ways to give to The Girls’ Middle School. We also are happy to discuss any of our options with your lawyer or financial advisor.

AmazonSmile

Use AmazonSmile and select The Girls’ Middle School as your charitable organization. Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. AmazonSmile offers the same products, prices, and services of the original Amazon site. Support The Girls’ Middle School by shopping at AmazonSmile.

eScrip

You can register any or all of your existing grocery loyalty or debit and credit cards for use in the eScrip program. Participating merchants make contributions to GMS based on your purchases. The Girls’ Middle School’s Group ID number is: 138057518.

Tax Information

The Girls’ Middle School is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Our federal tax identification number is 94-3253594. Gifts made to the school are tax-deductible to the extend allowed by IRS regulations for charitable donations.