Sem has fostered a tradition of giving among alumni, parents, faculty, and friends. Your support is needed to sustain this legacy and propel Sem into the future with confidence and strength. Gifts to Wyoming Seminary represent your commitment to the future of the school and its students. You may choose to support the Annual Giving Campaign, contribute to the school’s endowment, or make a bequest. Need more information? Download our gift and estate planning tips sheet. For more information call the Alumni Office at (570-270-2140) or e-mail at email@example.com.
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Celebrating Loyal Donors in honor of James Scheifley ’30
Every gift to Wyoming Seminary is important. Loyal support of the institution has been a hallmark since the School’s founding in 1844. As we approach Sem’s 175th Anniversary in two short years, we are pleased to announce the creation of The James Scheifley Society. This society will recognize donors with three or more years of consecutive giving. The Scheifley Society will honor Sem’s most loyal alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These generous individuals understand that consecutive annual gifts, no matter the size, transform lives.
Jim Scheifley graduated from 1930 and Princeton University in 1934. He worked for Ford Motor Company for 23 years as in industrial relations executive. He retired at the age of 50 and moved to Florida where he pursued a second career in public service on the city, county and state levels. Most importantly, however, Jim made a gift to Wyoming Seminary each and every year following his graduation in 1930. The amount of those annual gifts never exceeded $100.
Scheifley passed away in 2008 at the age of 96 and his wife Dottie died in 2011 at 99. Through their estates, Sem received in excess of $2.9 million. Wyoming Seminary is honored to name this new giving society that recognizes the importance of loyal, annual support in memory of Jim Scheifley. His life example epitomized loyalty.
How can I become a charter Schiefley Society Member?
- All donors who made a gift in the 2015 – 15 and the 2016 – 17 fiscal years and make a gift in ’17 – ’18 become inaugural members of the Society.
- All donors who make a three year annual pledge to the school to be paid in ’17 – ’18, ’18 – ’19 and ’19 – ’20 become inaugural members of the Society.
- Members of the class of 2018 who make a multi-year pledge to be paid during their college years are charter members of the Society.
Members of the Scheifley Society will receive a loyalty pin, recognition in the annual Report of Gifts, special invitations to campus events and communications from the School President. Membership in this society is renewable annually with ongoing annual support.
There are several ways to give back to Sem. Questions? Contact the Alumni Office at (570) 270-2140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use the form on the first tab on this page to make a donation online with a credit card
Donate with PayPal
Credit Card Gift by Phone
We accept American Express, VISA and MasterCard by phone. Call 570-270-2140 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (EST), Monday-Friday.
Pledge or Donate by Mail
Please provide your name, relationship to the school (class year or child’s graduating year) and how you would like your gift credited. Choices include academics, athletics, faculty support, scholarships, performing/fine arts, in memory of and in honor of. Mail may be sent to:
Alumni and Development Office
201 North Sprague Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704-3593
To learn about volunteering opportunities with the Alumni Council or the Parents Associations, please email email@example.com.
Recognition Giving Levels
|Donchess Society||$10,000 or more|
|President’s Anniversary Circle||$5,000 to $9,999|
|President’s Cabinet||$2,500 to $4,999|
|The Founder’s Society||$1,844 to $2,499|
|Nelson Tower Associates||$1,000 to $1,843|
|Levi Sprague Fellows||$500 to $999|
|1844 Club||$250 to $499|
|Dean’s Society||$100 to $249|
|Blue & White Club||$1 to $99|
Annual Giving Campaign
When you support the Annual Giving Campaign...
You ensure that excellence is revered. You support teachers who inspire students. You nurture friendships that overcome stereotypes. You foster interests that become passions. You transform lives.
Designate your gift to a special area of interest or make a gift that will be used to address the greatest needs of the school for the current fiscal year. Either way, you will be supporting an institution known for creating strength, leadership and a brighter future for all.
• Academic Support (Science, Mathematics, Global Languages, English and History)
• Financial Aid
• Building and Property Maintenance
• Greatest Current Needs
Your company can transform the lives of future Sem graduates through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. By making a contribution to Sem’s scholarship fund through EITC, your company can receive Pa. State tax credit equal to 75 percent of your contribution. If your company commits to the program for two consecutive years, the credit will be 90 percent of your contribution.
HOW IT WORKS
• More than $75 million is available on a first-comefirst-served basis for contributions to scholarship organizations like Wyoming Seminary.
• Companies in Pennsylvania that pay any of the following taxes qualify to participate:
- Corporate Net Income Tax
- Capital Stock Franchises Tax
- Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax
- Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax
- Insurance Premiums Tax
- Mutual Thrift Insurance Premium Tax
• Information regarding application deadlines can be found here.*
What is the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program?
The EITC Program enables companies to support nonprofit schools at minimal cost. Instead of sending tax dollars to Harrisburg, companies can reallocate them to support Wyoming Seminary’s financial aid program.
Who may make EITC gifts?
You might be surprised. Businesses ranging from neighborhood pharmacies, to mid-sized companies, to large corporations all are eligible. This includes the following type of businesses:
• C-Corporations (taxed at the corporate level)
• Sole Proprietors
• Limited Liability Companies (LLC’s)
• Subchapter S corporations and other businesses that pay their State business taxes under the personal income tax on PA business income
How much of a business’ tax liability can be donated to Wyoming Seminary through EITC
Businesses can receive a tax credit equal to 75% of a contribution up to $750,000 per year. The credit increases to 90% if the business agrees to provide the same amount for two years.
Can Sem help me apply?
Yes. We will work with you. We want to make the process as simple as possible. Contact John H. Shafer '71 at (570) 270-2140 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANKS TO OUR PARTICIPANTS
• Almo Corporation
• Benco Dental Company
• Carr & Duff, Inc.
• Community Bank
• Cornell Iron Works
• Crestwood Membranes, Inc.
• Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank
• First Keystone Community Bank
• First National Bank of Pennsylvania
• First National Community Bank
• Frontier Communications
• KNBT Bank
• Koberlein Environmental Service
• Lackawanna Casualty Company
• Luzerne Bank
• Martz Group
• Masonry Preservation Services, Inc.
• Medico Industries
• Metz Culinary Management
• National Penn Bank
• Penn Security Bank
• Petroleum Service Company
• PNC Bank
• Pride Mobility Products Corps.
• Snyder & Clemente
• Sordoni Construction Services
• Straub Metal International
• Topp Copy
“Find it in your heart to give something back to Sem…remember what you liked about it. Your gift will allow others to experience it as well.”
-Leslie Turrell Bullock ‘63
“It’s worthwhile to consider giving back; to pay it forward so someone else has the ability to have the same experience that we did.”
- T.J. Bradshaw ‘01
“I give what I can. I’m reinvesting in the Sem community and in our kids in order to provide the same foundation I had, and perhaps make it better. I hope others do too.”
-Tara Mugford Wilson ‘88
“We’ve always felt indebted to the administrators and teachers who’ve made a healthy and safe place for our boys. How could you not give to a place like that?”
“The whole experience that we had, and what happened with our family—I would like to see that happen with other families. It absolutely changes lives.”
-David Hourigan ‘71