Ways to Give to the Westchester Oratorio Society
Dear Friend of the Westchester Oratorio Society,
WOS depends upon the generous support of people like you to help make possible the production of our high quality concerts. Your donation goes only toward production costs, as chorus members and administrative personnel are all volunteers. Your tax-deductible* contribution will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, The Board of Directors
Levels of Giving
- Friend $25 - $49
- Supporter $50 - $99
- Donor $100 - $249
- Patron $250 - $749
- Underwriter $750 - $999
- Benefactor $1,000 - $1,249
- Sponsor $1,250 - $4,999
- Partner $5,000 - $9,999
- Conductor's Circle $10,000 or more
* The Westchester Oratorio Society is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization under Section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and as such all contributions are tax deductible.
A copy of the organization's latest annual report may be obtained upon request, or from the
New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10271
Check or Credit Card
Please print out our Mail and Credit Card Authorization Form and mail to:
WESTCHESTER ORATORIO SOCIETY
Post Office Box 6
South Salem, NY 10590
(Please make your check payable to Westchester Oratorio Society)
- You can make your gift to WOS by Visa or MasterCard. See above for instructions.
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Many corporations offer matching gift programs to their employees and families. You may be able to double the impact of your gift if your employer participates in a matching gift program. Please obtain the request form from your employer's human resources department and send it to WOS at PO Box 6, South Salem, NY 10590.
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Robert C. McDonald Scholarship Fund
The Robert C. McDonald Scholarship Fund was established in 2006. A grant is made each year to a graduating, college-bound senior at John Jay High School, Katonah, who has shown a commitment to community service.
This scholarship is given by the local choral group Westchester Oratorio Society (WOS) in memory of Bob McDonald- beloved friend, founder, treasurer and "chief-of-staff" of the Society. In addition to Bob's many years of devoted service to the chorus, as a long-time resident of South Salem, he gave of himself to many other community organizations as well.
The award is intended for a student who has demonstrated similar spirit in serving his or her community. (Preference may be given to a student who has excelled in music, but community service will be the key criteria in granting the award.)
Another way to make a gift to the Westchester Oratorio Society is to include WOS in your will or name WOS as a beneficiary of a revocable trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy. A bequest is deductible for federal estate tax purposes. A bequest can be made by creating a new will, adding a codicil to your existing will, or naming WOS as a beneficiary of a revocable trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy.
A recent change in the tax laws permits people age 70½ and older to give up to $100,000 per year from their IRA directly to a charity and avoid paying income taxes on the money. Regardless of age, there are many other options for donating to WOS with beneficial tax consequences. Consult your attorney or tax advisor.
Also, the law firm of Casper & Fischer LLP in Mt. Kisco (Tom Casper 914 242 4900) has graciously agreed to offer a free consultation to those wishing to explore a planned gift to WOS.
Gifts of highly appreciated stock are another method of making a gift and a way to possibly avoid capital gains taxes. Stock may be donated electronically or stock certificates may be signed over to WESTCHESTER ORATORIO SOCIETY.
Securities Held by a Bank or Broker
If your securities are with a bank or broker, you can transfer your shares to WOS by Depository Trust Company (DTC) wire by completing our Transfer Letter, and sending it to your broker and submitting a fax copy to Rex Coons at 212.681.0883. (Please Note: It is extremely important that you notify us by faxing Rex. The securities cannot be sold until the donor has been identified. Also, we need your name and address for tax deduction and acknowledgement purposes). For further information you can contact Rex by telephone at 212.849.6562 or via email at Rex.Coons@ampf.com.
Securities Held by You
Support WOS by Recycling your Unwanted Vehicle
Looking to get rid of a used car, truck, RV, boat, or related item? Donating your old vehicle to the Westchester Oratorio Society is convenient and easy, and, it may qualify you for a tax deduction. Best of all, you will be supporting WOS and its programs.
Westchester Oratorio Society has partnered with Vehicles For Charity, a nationally recognized not-for-profit, part of the ARC network of charities serving the disabled in order to process donated vehicles. In lieu of a fee VFC receives a small portion of the proceeds which aids their programs. Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can Donate your Vehicle Here, or just call 1 866 628 2277 and a program specialist will answer any other questions you may have and make arrangements to pick up your donation.