Establish a Fund

Create a legacy by establishing a named-fund to honor an individual, family or organization. Funds are invested for long-term benefit, supporting projects and programs year after year that impact students, teachers and the community.

Endowed funds that support initiatives in the Marion Independent School District can be established with a minimum $10,000 donation. The variety of projects or programs deserving of funding are endless. A visit with Foundation Director Erin Steffen is encouraged. Endowed scholarship funds can be established with an initial contribution of $20,000. Contact Erin at (319) 377-4691 x1110 for more information.

Planned Giving

You may be surprised how easy it is to plan for a charitable gift, plus, many giving plans have considerable tax benefits. Discussing your plans and having information on file with the Foundation office will ensure clarity regarding your preferences. We encourage you to visit the Grants area of our website to learn more about some of the projects that have been funded through planned giving.

Will Bequest
Leave a legacy in the Marion community by naming the Foundation in your will. Unrestricted gifts of this kind can be adapted to student and district needs over time with guidance from the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Gifts can also be designated to serve a specific program or curriculum area.

Charitable Remainder Trust
Receive immediate tax benefits while retaining a stream of income for you or other beneficiaries.

Charitable Lead Trust
Provide income to the Foundation now and pass the principal of the asset back to your heirs at reduced tax cost.

Life Insurance
Make a significant gift with a modest investment. Simply complete a beneficiary-designation form, sign and return to your plan administrator.

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. You can also consider giving through remainder interest in your personal residence or farm (receive a tax savings now and continue to live in your home).

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