Planned Giving

By making Forsyth Country Day part of your legacy, you ensure that future generations of students will be prepared for what’s ahead. 
One of the most transformational ways to support the students and teachers at Forsyth Country Day School is through making a planned gift. As a planned gift donor, you can experience tax savings, increased income, and provide for your heirs, all while benefiting FCDS.
What is planned giving?
Planned giving includes a variety of philanthropic strategies that will allow you to donate assets to support the school, yet defer the time that the gifts are received. In many cases, a planned gift enables you to make a significantly greater contribution than would be possible through an outright gift. The best gift plans require careful thought and analysis of income, estate and tax consequences, and we strongly recommend you consult with your attorney or tax advisor to determine the best way to include FCDS in your will or estate planning.
Below are planned giving options. To discuss a planned gift in more detail, please contact Andy Clifton, Director of Philanthropy & Community Engagement, at 336.978.3941 or

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  • Bequest in a Will

    A bequest allows donors to plan for and make a substantial gift to Forsyth Country Day School, often many times their capacity during their lifetime. When including FCDS in your will, please be sure to provide appropriately for spouse and children first.

    To make a bequest for FCDS, you may include the following language in your will:

    • Percentage of estate for unrestricted purposes:
      “I give to Forsyth Country Day School, a not-for-profit organization located in Lewisville, N.C., ________ percent (%) of the remainder of my estate for its general charitable purposes.”
    • Specific amount for unrestricted purposes:
      “I give to Forsyth Country Day School, a not-for-profit organization located in Lewisville, N.C., the sum of $________ in cash or ___ shares of ________ stock to be used for its general charitable purposes."
    • Restricted purpose:
      Please contact Andy Clifton, Director of Philanthropy, to discuss suggested bequest language for a restricted purpose to ensure that your intentions are followed properly.
  • Life Insurance

    Donor owns a large policy or several policies, not all of which is needed to fund estate requirements. Make a gift of the policy and allow Forsyth Country Day School to choose cash value or death benefit, or designate FCDS as the beneficiary.
  • Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) or Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA)

    Donor owns appreciated assets. The assets are low growth, low dividend, or both. Donor does not wish to pay capital gains tax, but would like to create more current income from assets. A gift to a CRT or CGA avoids capital gains taxes and estate taxes, provides income to designated beneficiaries, and the remainder to Forsyth Country Day School.
  • Charitable Lead Trust

    Donor owns substantial assets, and would like to pass them to the next generation at low tax cost. A charitable lead trust pays income to FCDS for a period of years, then the remainder to family members. By paying to a charity, a much lower imputed value is passed to the family members, avoiding tax on the marginal difference in value. Not for the faint of heart, since the assets pass from control of both the donor and the other family members for the period of payment to the charities.
  • IRA or Other Qualified Plan

    A great item to own during one's life, but not ideal to try and pass to family members. The IRA Charitable Rollover provision allows living individuals who have reached age 70½ to donate up to $100,000 to FCDS directly from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA), without treating the distribution as taxable income. However, an entire IRA can be transferred to FCDS after a donor’s passing thereby avoiding significant tax loss for the family.
  • Real Estate

    Real estate can be a difficult item to resolve within an estate, or by family members after it leaves the estate. A gift to FCDS avoids estate, gift and capital gains taxes, and provides an income tax deduction. If some cash is needed, then a bargain sale can be used to provide cash in part, and a gift in part.
  • Personal Property

    Many donors accrue substantial assets in collections of artwork, antiques, or other personal property. Gifts of personal property can provide tax deductions while not substantially reducing the value of an estate.
    • Planned Giving

Legacy Society

Forsyth Country Day School is deeply grateful to our Legacy Society members. Their carefully considered future giving is crucial to bolstering our endowment and ensures the school’s long-term financial stability. There are a variety of ways to support FCDS that benefit you, your loved ones, and the school at the same time. Known as legacy giving or deferred giving, consideration of a planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support and appreciation for FCDS and its mission while accommodating your own personal, financial, estate planning, and philanthropic goals. Common planned giving vehicles include designating FCDS as a beneficiary of a trust, life insurance policy, or your estate either through a residuary percentage or a fixed amount.
Forsyth Country Day School (FCDS) is a private, college preparatory, independent school for preschool through high school located in Lewisville, NC, just outside of Winston-Salem. Students benefit from a challenging academic curriculum, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Forsyth Country Day School is committed to administering all education and employment activities without discrimination based on one’s race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.