Legacy Donation:

Leaving a lasting legacy gift is a wonderful way to support in perpetuity the best of West Anchorage High school.  The West High Foundation is proud to be part of the Alaska Community Foundation (www.alaskacf.org).  The Alaska Community Foundation is a highly respected, professional nonprofit management group that is focused on maximizing benefits to West Anchorage High School.  It ensures that donors receive proper documentation and maximum benefits for their contributions. 

In addition to the five methods for leaving legacy gifts described below, we also encourage you to contact the Alaska Community Foundation and/or your tax advisor to discuss charitable gift planning to the West High Foundation.

1. Donation by Check.  WHF will be happy to accept any donation by mail using our printable form which can be downloaded here.  Please make checks payable to:

“ACF-West Anchorage High Foundation Fund”

c/o Alaska Community Foundation

3201 C Street, Suite 110

Anchorage, AK 99503

2. Donation Online.  WHF has established an account with the ALASKA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION.  If you would like to donate online, please visit:

www.alaskacf.org and search for: West Anchorage High Foundation Fund, or copy and paste the link below:

https://alaskacf.org/donate?fund_name=West+Anchorage+High+Foundation+Fund

3. Leaving funds from a Retirement Account.  A great way to leave a lasting legacy to the WHF is by designating WHF as a beneficiary under the terms of your retirement account (IRA or 401k).  A gift of a retirement fund on death will minimize or avoid income and estate taxes on amounts passing to WHF. 

Leaving funds from your Retirement Account is easily done on any standard designation of beneficiary form provided online by the IRA company or 401k sponsor.  The completed form might look something like this:

Primary Beneficiary: 100% to WEST HIGH FOUNDATION FUND, c/o Alaska Community Foundation, of Anchorage, Alaska (TIN #92-0155067).

4. Leaving a Legacy through Your Will.  Another planning opportunity is to leave a bequest of assets through your Last Will and Testament to WHF. 

Gifts made through your Will are among the easiest ways to make a lasting gift to WHF.  In most cases, you will want to meet with a qualified estate planning attorney to make changes to your Will.

Your attorney may use the following language in your Will to leave a bequest to WHF:

I hereby give the amount of $________ [or ____% of my estate] to WEST HIGH FOUNDATION FUND, c/o Alaska Community Foundation, of Anchorage, Alaska (TIN #92-0155067).

5. Leaving funds from Life Insurance.  Another way to leave a positive legacy to the WHF is by designating WHF as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy.  A gift of life insurance proceeds on death will avoid estate taxes on the amounts passing to WHF. 

Leaving funds from a life insurance policy is easily done on any standard designation of beneficiary form provided on line by the insurance company.  The completed form might look something like this:

Primary Beneficiary: 100% to WEST HIGH FOUNDATION FUND, c/o Alaska Community Foundation, of Anchorage, Alaska (TIN #92-0155067).

Or another alternative:

Primary Beneficiary: 50% to TOM SMITH, and 50% to WEST HIGH FOUNDATION FUND, c/o Alaska Community Foundation, of Anchorage, Alaska (TIN #92-0155067).

6. Donating Appreciated Stocks.  Donating shares of appreciated stock that you may own in a publically held company can provide income tax savings and a charitable income tax deduction.  If you have appreciated shares of stock in a publically held company (Apple, Microsoft, Coke, Pepsi, etc.) and would like to donate those shares to benefit WHF, please contact the Alaska Community Foundation directly at 907-334-6700. 

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