Ways to Contribute

Unrestricted Contributions

Gifts in any amount may be made at any time via cash or check. You can also donate online by clicking the button below. Contact the Foundation if you’d like to make an annual pledge or have the funds electronically transferred on a regular basis.

Designated Contributions

You may make a contribution to one of the Foundation’s many scholarships or enhancement funds, or designate your gift to almost any Marion Independent School District group, program or project.

Endowed Funds

Endowed funds that benefit the school district can be established with an initial contribution of $10,000 or more. Endowed funds intended for college scholarships can be established with an initial contribution of $20,000 or more. An average of 5% of the invested funds will be used annually to support students or programs. The fund can be established in your name, the name of your family or an organization, or to honor or memorialize another individual. If applicable, you may also set criteria for applicants and be involved in the selection of recipients. Endowed Funds can be established to support any number of programs within the District.

United Way

Designate the Marion Independent School Foundation when you give to the United Way. Your collective contributions go a long way toward benefiting the school district and the community.

Planned Giving

Put a plan in place that will have a lasting impact on students in the Marion community. You may be surprised how easy it is, plus, many giving plans have income or estate tax benefits. Contact the Foundation or your financial advisor for more information on the options noted below.

Life Insurance or Retirement Plan Assets
Name the Foundation as the beneficiary of all or a portion of the assets. Simply complete a beneficiary-designation form, sign and return to the plan administrator.

Trusts and POD Plans
Living trust, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust…  There are a variety of trust and POD (pay-on-death) plans available which can provide a gift to the Foundation and a tax benefit to you or your estate. Your financial advisor can help you choose the plan that best fits your goals.

Will Bequest
Name the Foundation in your will; your donation is exempt from federal estate tax.

Real Estate and Property
Make a donation to the Foundation of real estate or other property (automobiles, artwork, equipment). Your benefits can include an income tax deduction or circumvention of capital gains tax.

Stock Gifts
A gift of appreciated stock helps the Foundation and can have positive tax advantages for you.

Hills Bank & Trust Classroom Cash

Through the Classroom Cash program, debit card customers can designate the Marion Independent School Foundation as their school charity of choice. Each time you use your debit card, the bank donates money at no cost to you. Learn more and sign up here.


Designate the Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association as your charity and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase through AmazonSmile. Log in at instead of when you shop.


Contact the Marion School Foundation if you are looking for volunteer opportunities. From one-time event support to weekly volunteering, or anything in between, we are sure to find an enjoyable opportunity that is the perfect fit for you.

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