Ways of Giving


Gifts to the Mary Lyon Foundation are customizable to you. Each method provides you opportunities to provide a current gift paid in full or pledged over a period of time.  Individuals who also include the Foundation in their estate plans will be welcomed into the Putnam Hill Legacy Society. The Putnam Hill Legacy Society was launched at our 25th anniversary gala in 2016. Please consider joining its founding members in sustaining the work of the Mary Lyon Foundation for generations to come. Learn more here.

Cash Gifts 

Checks payable to the Mary Lyon Foundation can be mailed to P.O. Box 184, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.  Credit card gifts can be made online at http://www.marylyonfoundation.org or by calling the office at (413) 625-2555.  We accept MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal. You may select recurring monthly donations as a choice through Paypal. 


We accept gifts of securities.  For those who itemize, a gift of securities creates a charitable deduction for the fair market value. Gift of shares held for at least one year will have no capital gains tax owed. For transfer instructions please contact the Office at (413) 625-2555 for instructions. 

Real Estate

The Mary Lyon Foundation receives gifts of real estate such as a primary residence, vacation home, farm, commercial building, subdivision lot, undeveloped property, or a fractional interest in property.  All of these can make excellent gifts for the Foundation to accept and sell.  Alternatively, you may make a gift of your vacation home or primary residence and reserve the right to occupy or rent it for the rest of your life.  You will receive a substantial charitable deduction that reduces your income taxes for one to six years and relieve your family of the burden of selling the real estate after you pass away. 

Putnam Hill Legacy Society

A gift of any amount from your estate Is a meaningful way to extend your generosity beyond your lifetime.   Your gift can be for a specific amount or a percentage.  Naming us as one of the beneficiaries of a life insurance policy, IRA, 401(k), or other retirement or investment account can be a tax-savvy way of giving.  Please consider including us in your plans for any amount and let us know so we can welcome you into the Putnam Hill Legacy Society.   

All giving inquiries will be held in strict confidence.  

The information contained herein is offered for general information and education purposes only and is not legal or financial advice.  You should seek the advice of a financial advisor or attorney for applicability to your own situation. 

Thank you for your interest in the Mary Lyon Foundation’s work. Your tax deductible donations help us provide innovative support of local education—serving students, families and educators.

Please consider including the Mary Lyon Foundation in your estate plans. Contact us here.
Volunteering is one way to make an impact! Learn more here.

Banner image description: Garden Shed Project, led by Angela Schatz at Mohawk Trail Regional School, partially funded by a Mary Lyon Foundation Mini-Grant.

Putnam Hill Legacy Society

The Mary Lyon Foundation’s Putnam Hill Legacy Society honors those who have included the Mary Lyon Foundation in their estate plans. Named for the hill in Buckland where Mary Lyon was born in 1797, the society includes donors, past and present, who have made or are planning to make a gift to the foundation through… Continue reading Putnam Hill Legacy Society