How to give

Make your gift now Gifts to the LifeReady Campaign can be made in a myriad of ways, many of which are detailed on this page. 

We encourage you to review the giving options below to see what’s right for you. If you have any questions, please contact the Berry College Office of Advancement toll-free at 877-461-0039. 

Payment Methods

Secure Online Giving
Make your gift quickly today by clicking the button above . This transaction is processed securely through Giving Fuel, a leading e-commerce provider for nonprofit organizations.

Recurring Giving
The Recurring Gift Program is an easy and convenient way to support Berry College. This program enables you to build a significant annual contribution through small monthly installments. Your online donation is secure and flexible. You choose the amount you wish to give each month, and you can change or cancel your pledge at any time. Click here to sign up and make your first donation.

Electronic Funds Transfer
You can make your gift through an electronic funds transfer, which allows Berry to transfer your specified contribution amount directly from your bank account on a monthly basis. This is an easy way for donors to make an ongoing gift. To set up an electronic funds transfer call 706-236-2253 or 877-461-0039 (toll free). Advancement officers are available to assist you from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays (Eastern Time).

Mail Your Gift
If you would like to mail your gift to Berry College, please complete our downloadable pledge form and send it along with your check to the following address:
Berry College
Advancement Office
P.O. Box 490069
Mount Berry, GA 30149  

Phone in Your Gift or Pledge
If you prefer to speak to us directly, call 706-236-2253 or 877-461-0039 (toll free) to make a gift by credit card. Advancement officers are available to assist you from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays (Eastern Time). Berry accepts Visa, American Express, Discover and Mastercard.

Ways to Give

Appreciated Securities 
Contributing long-term appreciated stock or other securities that have been held for one year or more can make it possible for you to give a substantial gift to Berry and get a tax break. Usually, when appreciated securities are sold, the seller owes taxes on the full gain, which means he or she keeps only part of the profit. But, if the appreciated security is given to a qualified charitable organization such as Berry, the donor avoids capital gains tax and most likely will qualify for a tax deduction on the entire value of the charitable gift. 

Personal Property 
Antiques, art objects and other collectibles can be valuable assets for giving. You can donate the property to Berry and, in many cases, take a deduction for the piece’s full fair market value. However, some restrictions do apply, so we ask that you check with us before making a gift of personal property. 

Closely Held Stock
A gift of closely held stock makes it possible for you and your corporation to provide much-needed support for Berry students while also reaping financial benefits, starting with an income tax deduction for the charitable contribution. Other potential benefits include a break on the capital gains tax that otherwise might be assessed on the appreciated value of the stock. It’s also possible that by averting a dividend distribution, no additional taxes will be charged on accumulated earnings. Please be sure to discuss the potential benefits with your tax advisor before making the gift. To complete the transaction, the following information, along with your name, will need to be included:

Participant #2039
FFC SunTrust Bank a/c 11188
Account Number: 1192010
Account Name: Berry College Inc.
Attention: Debbie Couch
Note: Please include gift designation as well.

Real Estate 
Do you have a home or vacation property, farm, commercial real estate, or even vacant land you no longer need or want? By giving that real estate to Berry rather than selling it, you may be able to obtain an income tax charitable deduction equal to the property’s full fair market value, avoid tax on the property’s appreciation, free up money you had been paying on tax and upkeep, and reduce your taxable estate. 

Life Insurance 
An easy way to make a substantial gift to Berry is to give the college a life insurance policy you no longer need or make Berry College the beneficiary of a life insurance policy. This gift method can reduce your taxes and increase your spendable income. 

Planned Giving
Would you like to increase your income? Reduce your taxes? Pass on more wealth to your loved ones? Feel the satisfaction that comes from making a substantial gift to Berry College? Planned giving is a powerful philanthropic tool that can help make all of these aspirations a reality. Some of the most popular planned giving methods include bequests, the charitable gift annuity, the charitable remainder unitrust, the charitable remainder annuity trust and the charitable lead trust. Contact Helen Lansing at 877-461-0039 (toll free) or for more details. Types of Planned Giving Commitments (PDF)

Retirement Plan Funds
If the participant of a retirement plan dies before the entire account has been distributed, his or her heirs could pay significant estate and income taxes — sometimes as much as 75 percent — on the remaining balance. If your loved ones are provided for by other means, naming Berry as the beneficiary of the remaining retirement plan assets can diminish your heirs’ tax burden and give you the satisfaction of knowing you’ve supported a worthwhile cause. 

Matching Gifts
Many companies will match the charitable gifts made by their employees, doubling the amount contributed to Berry College. The total amount of that gift is then credited to the employee-donor. Please see your employer to determine whether your company matches gifts and/or obtain a matching gift form to be completed and enclosed with your gift.

Reunion Gifts
A reunion year offers a special opportunity to give a gift to Berry in a fun and interesting way that goes above and beyond your regular gifts. The reunion committee for each reunion class decides what the class gift or project will be. Some excellent examples of reunion gifts are the establishment of a scholarship, assistance in construction or restoration of buildings, restoration of historic furniture, campus beautification projects, and art restoration.