Responding to New Challenges

As we all continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, many members of the Girard College community, including alumni, friends and partner organizations, have asked how you can help our students in these uncertain times. In response, we have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Girard College.

Learn more about the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Girard College


Thank you for considering a gift to support the students of Girard College. When you make a gift to the Girard College Foundation, you invest in a transformative experience for our students and help them navigate their bright futures. Your generosity allows us to provide an extraordinary education for highly capable students of great need.


Checks can be made out to the Girard College Foundation and mailed to:

Girard College
Attn: Girard College Foundation
2101 S. College Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19121

The Girard College Foundation

The Girard College Foundation is the fundraising arm of Girard College. It is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that directly supports the areas of most need for current students. Gifts are stewarded by the Office of Advancement and the Foundation’s Board of Directors.




Additional Contacts

Sylvia V. Bastani, CFRE, CPC
Vice President of Advancement & Strategic Partnerships

Taylor Cobb, M.Ed
Assistant Director of Development

Ways to Give

Your gift to the Girard College Foundation ensures that the legacy of Stephen Girard lives on. Support of the College and its priorities demonstrates your investment in Navigating Our Future.

Recurring Gifts

Recurring gifts allow you to divide your gift to Girard College into manageable increments through convenient automatic deductions from your credit card.

Estate Planning

Including Girard College in your will or estate planning is an impactful way to create a lasting legacy. Please contact the Office of Advancement to begin the conversation.

Matching Gifts

Your company may offer a matching gift program that will increase your donation to Girard College. Please consult with your HR Team or administrative office.

Make a Pledge

Pledge your financial support to Girard College. Join us this year to help us navigate our future. A pledge of financial support will help advance our transformative vision for Girard College. Pledges can be made for one fiscal year, ending June 30, or across multiple years.

Gifts of Securities or Stocks

Giving appreciated stock (or selling depreciated stock) and donating the proceeds to Girard can qualify you for sizable tax advantages. Please instruct your broker to contact our Assistant Controller, Clinton A. Walter, Jr. at cwalters@girardestate.og to notify us of transfers.

Tax Programs to Benefit Students

EITC and OSTC: We’re proud of our EITC/OSTC partnerships with companies leading the way in Philadelphia. Businesses have the opportunity to give to the Girard College Foundation under the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC) and the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) allows qualified businesses to fulfill their state tax while providing financial aid for students. The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC) allows qualified business to fulfill their state tax burden while supporting low-income students who reside in low-achieving school districts in PA.

For Your Company

Both EITC and OSTC provide companies with a 75% tax credit for donations to a non-profit scholarship for educational improvement organization. The tax credit increases to 90% if the company commits to making the same donation for two consecutive years. A business paying taxes in PA can receive up to $300,000 in tax credits annually.

More information about the programs and to see if you qualify can be found directly on the websites: EITC and OSTC

Honorary and Memorial Gifts

If your gift is in honor of a loved one, please include contact information if you would like us to send a note of acknowledgement. If you would prefer to give online, please use our web form to make a secure payment.

Giving FAQs

Why Giving Matters

Every gift made to the Girard College Foundation impacts the lives of our students. Your donation allows our students to fulfill their potential and forge their pathway to success.

When you invest in Girard, you create opportunities for students to reach their fullest potential. You have the opportunity to leave a legacy by investing in teaching and learning, securing our place as a leading independent school, and preparing students to become social impact and community leaders.

Make the investment into a Girardian education today.

Where do donations go?

Girard College manages its endowment. Where the endowment is restricted for specific uses, the Annual Fund provides flexible, immediate funds for the college. By donating to the Girard College Foundation, you make gifts to the unrestricted fund that supports our priorities.

Who benefits from the Girard College Foundation?

The Girard College Foundation is a community of your peers who fundraise and create financial opportunity for Girard College students. Proceeds raised by the Girard College Foundation directly benefit the students of Girard.