Development Resources/FAQ

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Development Resources

You may find these resources helpful as you consider a gift to Wellesley. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I request a duplicate tax form?

Email the Development Office at Please provide your full name and the amount and approximate date of your gift, along with instructions as to where you would like the form sent.

How/when will I receive a tax receipt for my gift?

If you make a gift online, we will mail you a tax receipt immediately. If you send a gift via check, securities, or wire, we will mail you a tax receipt approximately two business days after our team has processed it.

I want to direct my gift toward a specific purpose. Is this possible?

Yes. The online giving form allows you to direct your gift toward one (or more) of several College priorities. If you have a different priority or prefer not to make your gift online, please reach out to a staff member by calling 781.283.3589.

I plan to make an honorary/memorial gift. Will the College inform the recipient/family?

The College will be pleased to inform the person/family about a memorial or honorary gift. Along with your gift, which can be made online, please provide the necessary contact information, including name(s), mailing/email address, and how you would like to be acknowledged.

Why does Wellesley raise funds every year? Doesn’t the endowment cover the gap between tuition fees and the College's costs?

Endowment income contributes significantly to our annual budget, but it does not cover the entire gap between tuition and costs. Wellesley is committed to meeting 100 percent of students’ calculated financial need while delivering an exceptional educational experience. Annual donations to The Wellesley Fund help to cover such important ongoing expenses as financial aid, sustaining our beautiful campus, and more.

I can only give a very small gift. Is there a minimum amount that is still of value to the College?

We receive every gift with gratitude. We recognize that all our donors are at different life stages with a wide range of financial resources. We appreciate the support of all donors, and every dollar has an impact.

I am interested in making a planned gift. Whom should I contact?

Please contact the Office of Gift Planning at 781.283.2235 or

What is the College's tax ID?

Wellesley College is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 with a federal tax ID (EIN) of 04-2103637.

I am interested in transferring stock. How do I do that?

To make a gift of appreciated securities (stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares), contact Kerry Stokes, securities administrator, at or 781.283.3349. For detailed information about gifting securities, please visit the Securities Transfer page.

How do I get my gift matched by my employer?

Many employers will match their employees' charitable gifts. Go to our Employer Matching Gifts page to search and see if your company will match your gift to Wellesley College. 

What is Wellesley's fiscal year?

Wellesley's fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30.

I have a question that is not answered here. Whom should I contact?

Please send an email to or call 781.283.3589. Alternatively, you can search the staff directory for the appropriate contact.

Why should I support Wellesley?

Your gift to Wellesley, no matter the designation, strengthens the College’s ability to provide an excellent liberal arts education for all students. Philanthropic support allows Wellesley to address urgent needs, seize unique opportunities, and invest in the future.

Wellesley College Gift Acceptance Policy

The College has established longstanding policies governing the types of gifts we may accept from donors for the purposes of furthering Wellesley’s educational and institutional mission. These guidelines are outlined in detail in the Wellesley College Gift Acceptance Policy statement.