World Education is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, and economic and social development programs.

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Ways to Give

Your contribution to World Education directly touches the lives of the thousands of individuals, families, and communities we work with every day nationally and internationally.

We provide you with many ways to give:

Make a secure, online gift. World Education will not share your personal information with any other organization or business.

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Consider joining our growing team of devoted donors who make regular (monthly or quarterly) gifts. Such ongoing commitment helps sustain World Education's work.

Please send your gift to:
World Education
Development Department
44 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210, USA

To honor or remember someone in your life, make a tribute gift to World Education. You can make a tribute gift for a special occasion, like a birthday, anniversary or wedding, or you can make a tribute gift in memory of someone special to you.

You can double the impact of your contribution when your employer matches the amount of your gift. Contact your human resources manager to find out if your company has a matching gift policy.

Life Insurance
You can make a significantly larger charitable gift than may be possible from your current assets by designating World Education as the beneficiary of a new or existing life insurance contract.

If you irrevocably transfer your life insurance contract to a World Education, you can claim a federal income tax deduction for the contract's cost basis or cash surrender value, whichever is less. For such gifts, you may deduct up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income on your federal income tax return. If you can't take the entire deduction in the first year because of this limitation, you may carry the balance forward into the next five years.

If you make World Education the owner of your life insurance contract and continue to pay premiums, you can deduct the premiums as you pay them. If you would rather retain the right to change beneficiaries on the contract and don't care that you will not be able to deduct the premiums, you can maintain ownership over the contract and simply name World Education as partial, sole, or contingent beneficiary.

Because a few states do not permit charities to own life insurance on an individual, ask your professional advisor about the laws that apply in your state and other details relating to gifts of life insurance.

Retirement Assets
You can designate all or a certain percentage of your retirement assets to World Education. Distributions from certain kinds of retirement assets—such as individual retirement accounts (IRAs), tax-sheltered annuities, and 401(k) and 403(b) plans—are subject to income tax and may be subject to generation-skipping taxes and estate taxes. However, gifts of these assets will not be taxed if they are paid directly to a charity as beneficiary.

In order to mitigate income tax liability when making a gift of IRA assets to charity, you must withdraw the assets, recognize the distribution for income tax purposes, and contribute the funds before claiming your income tax charitable deduction. (Note: There may be penalties for early withdrawal of your IRA assets).

Consult with a professional advisor to determine how your retirement asset distributions will be affected by naming World Education as a beneficiary.

You can transfer ownership of appreciated securities owned for at least one year to World Education and receive a deduction for the average value of the security the same day. You would benefit by having your gift at fair market value (including the appreciation) to determine your charitable deduction.

When the security is sold by World Education, neither you nor we will have to pay capital gains tax. For gifts of publicly traded securities, you may deduct up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income on your federal income tax return. If you cannot take the entire deduction in the first year because of this limitation, you may carry the balance forward into the next five years.

If the securities have been owned for less than one year, the charitable tax deduction is based on your cost in purchasing the security.

Download Gift of Stock Form (PDF, 70 KB)

If you would like to host an event on behalf of World Education, please email:

You can give personal property such as artwork, cars, clothing, and jewelry to World Education. If we cannot use your gift in connection with our stated mission, you can deduct the cost basis of the donated property. (Consult with us to determine whether your gift qualifies for this deduction.)

If the property has depreciated in value from the original cost, as is typically the case with cars and clothing, the deduction will be the current value of the asset.


Efficiency Pie Chart Nearly 85% of every $1 given goes directly to programs.


Value graphic Every $1 of private giving typically attracts $5 in additional funding.

World Education is a registered 501c 3 charity and your gift is fully deductible.

World Education does not sell, trade or share a donor's personal or financial information, nor do we send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.
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