Ways To Give

Rare Book School is educating the present and future stewards of the historical record. We instruct the librarians and archivists, teach the educators and scholars, and inform the booksellers and collectors, fostering an unparalleled and global community of learning. Your support will provide students with training and expertise that is essential for the responsible curation of our shared cultural heritage—skills not taught in formal degree programs. A gift to Rare Book School is thus a gift to libraries, museums, and educational institutions around the world and to the communities they serve.

Please consider supporting the School with a gift of any amount. Rare Book School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your donation is fully tax deductible as allowed by law.

For assistance or questions, please contact Adam Miller, Director of Development, at 434-243-1010 or adam.miller@virginia.edu.

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  • Online or Mail

    • You can make a one-time or recurring donation using our secured online form, or mail a check, made payable to Rare Book School, to:

      Rare Book School
      University of Virginia
      Box 400103
      Charlottesville, VA 22904

  • Stock Transfers

    • Gifts of appreciated securities not only support our courses and programs, but could also offer you significant tax benefits. Please follow the directions below to make a stock transfer.

      Stock Transfer Instruction for DTC eligible securities and mutual funds: 

      Clearing Broker: Davenport & Company LLC
      DTC Participant #: 0443 (Pershing)
      Account Number: #DA4004978
      Credit: University of Virginia Fund
      Reference: {Your Name}, gift to Rare Book School

      Physical securities should be sent to: 

      By U.S. Mail:
      University of Virginia
      University Advancement Services
      Box 400807
      Charlottesville, VA 22904 

      By Overnight Delivery:
      University of Virginia
      University Advancement Services
      2420 Old Ivy Road
      Charlottesville, VA 22903 

      Transferring marketable securities via DTC (the Depository Trust Company, a securities clearing house) may be accomplished only through the cooperation of your broker. Otherwise, if you have the shares in physical form, you may send us the securities and, under separate cover, send us an originally signed stock power for each security gifted. Please note that donors must have their signature medallion-guaranteed by a bank or broker.  

      Please contact us if you have questions:
      University Advancement Services
      Phone: 434-924-7018

  • Qualified Charitable Distributions

    • If you are at least 70½ years old, you are eligible to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from a traditional or Roth IRA directly to Rare Book School, up to $100,000 per year, and exclude it from taxable income. When making your distribution, please designate Rare Book School, tax ID #54-1667557.

      Distributions must be made from an IRA, including inactive SEP and SIMPLE plans. Distributions from any other type of retirement plan (401(k), 403(b), 457, Keogh, and active SEP and SIMPLE plans) do not qualify. Your plan administrator must transfer the funds directly—you may not receive the distribution first and then transfer it to the charity. Distribution must be received by RBS on or before 31 December to be counted in the current tax year. Each distribution will be excluded from federal taxable income. Note that QCDs typically count toward your required minimum distribution (RMD) if you are required to take one. Using a QCD to make charitable gifts will reduce the value of your IRA and taxable RMDs in future years.

      For a more complete description of the IRS regulations, please see the most recent version of Publication 590-B, Distributions from Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs).

  • Donor Advised Funds

    • A donor advised fund (DAF) gives you the flexibility to recommend how much and how often money is granted to Rare Book School and other qualified charities. You can recommend a grant or recurring grants now to make an immediate impact or use your fund as a tool for future charitable gifts.

      Recommending a gift through your DAF is simple. You can donate directly to RBS by providing the following information to the sponsoring organization of your fund. Each organization will have the appropriate forms to complete these donations, which you can usually access through an online portal or working with your fund adviser.

      Rare Book School
      University of Virginia
      Box 400103
      Charlottesville, VA 22904

      Rare Book School’s tax ID number is: 54-1667557.

  • Employee Matching Gifts

  • Planned Giving

    • Planned giving arrangements could offer you and your family significant tax benefits or lifetime income, while also providing much-needed resources for important causes, including Rare Book School. These future gifts enable the School to run its programs and projects with confidence and will help ensure that future students have the opportunity to study at RBS.

      The most common way of making a planned gift is through a bequest. You can make a gift through your will or living trust by including specific language outlining your support for Rare Book School. Our standard unrestricted bequest language is as follows:

      I give to the Book Arts Press (doing business as Rare Book School), an educational non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation located at 2023 Ivy Road, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903, [a dollar amount, property described herein, or a percentage of the rest of my estate] to be used by Rare Book School for its general purposes.

      Other simple ways to include RBS in your legacy plans that do not require changing your will include naming the School as a beneficiary of your retirement savings plan or life insurance policy, or setting up a charitable gift annuity. Regardless of its form or size, your planned gift helps to provide a secure foundation for our School’s future.

      To learn more about making a gift to Rare Book School, please contact Adam Miller, Director of Development, at 434-243-1010 or adam.miller@virginia.edu.