When considering a gift to Highlands School, there are many opportunities that will not only support the excellence of the school’s outstanding programs, but may also provide you a tax-deductible contribution. While Highlands School is grateful for all contributions, the following types of gifts are especially appreciated:
Unrestricted Gifts of Cash
Unrestricted gifts of cash are the most popular and easiest way to support Highlands School’s mission. Gifts may be made in a single contribution or pledged and paid in installments.
The impact of a contribution can be greatly increased by a matching employer gift. When considering a donation, consult with your employer and, if applicable, forward the completed matching gift form to the development office with your contribution. A matching gift can dramatically increase your support for the school.
Gifts of Stocks or Securities
Gifts of stocks or securities benefit you and the school. This type of gift is tax-deductible and you may avoid paying capital gains tax on the appreciated stock or security.
Often a gift of appreciated stock offers tax benefits to the donor. Not only can the donor take a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the stock, capital gains tax on the appreciation can be avoided.
For tax purposes, the gift is valued at the average of the high and low price on the day the shares are delivered or transferred to Highlands School.
Donors are advised to consult with their own legal, tax, and estate planning professionals when considering gifts other than cash.
To make a gift of stock or securities, please contact the development office.
Planned Giving
Highlands greatly encourages and appreciates future gifts made through one’s estate. Bequests are the most common way for donors to make their ultimate gift to the school. If you are interested in learning more about gift planning, we are happy to help provide you with a list of professional advisors for you to choose from and who will be able to help you determine how and when to make a gift and with what assets.
Click here to donate online.
Or to send a gift by mail, please send your check to:
Highlands School
Attn: Office of Development
4901 Old Leeds Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35213
Nancy Hodges Riley
Director of Development
Highlands School
4901 Old Leeds Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35213
Phone: 205.956.9731 ext: 116
Fax: 205.951.8127
Email: nriley@highlandsschool.org
Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information, visit www.highlandsschool.org.