Fall 2020 Guidance
In response to COVID-19, university courses and operations remain predominantly online for fall.

Ways to Make a Gift

We appreciate your investment in Lesley University and in our students—future teachers, visual artists, counselors, and other professionals who will transform their communities through the human arts. Whether you direct your donation to general support or a specific initiative, your generosity will make an impact.

Support Lesley University today by:

  • Credit Card: Fill out the secure online donation form on this page.
  • Check: Make payable to Lesley University. Mail to Lesley University Advancement Office, 29 Everett St., Cambridge, MA 02138.
  • Matching Gift. Some employers will match their current or retired employees' charitable contributions. Ask your workplace's Human Resources department if they'll match your donation to Lesley University.
  • Stock Transfers: Contact 617.349.8388 or giving@lesley.edu for assistance.
  • Planned Giving: Create a lasting legacy through a charitable bequest. Email plannedgiving@lesley.edu for assistance.
"There is value in investing in a school that is always moving forward and helping to improve society by empowering its students."
Hans Strauch, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Online Donation Form

Complete this secure donation form to make a contribution with your credit card. Make a donation to general support by choosing "The Fund for Lesley" from the drop-down menu or choose a specific initiative from the list of funds.

For example, the Lesley Community Fund supports members of the Lesley community who are experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jim Wilbur Memorial Fund is a special fund created in honor of long-time Threshold program director Jim Wilbur at the request of his family.

Stock Transfers & Planned Giving

You can also support the university by transferring your stock to Lesley University, or by creating a lasting legacy through planned giving.

  • Stock Transfers

    If you have stock that is worth more today than when you bought it, consider giving these securities to Lesley University. You'll avoid tax on the gain in value and can take an income tax deduction for the full market value of the gift.

    For stock transfers, please call 617.349.8388 or email giving@lesley.edu.

  • Planned Giving

    Creating a Lasting Legacy

    When you make a planned gift to Lesley University, your charitable donation perpetuates the programs and causes that you care most about. Whether you’re a proponent of innovation in teacher education, creative advancements in mental health counseling, or building community through the arts, your generosity ensures that we can continue to support students and faculty who are passionate about making a positive difference in their communities and the world at large.

    How to include Lesley University in your will:

    • Charitable Bequest: Designate a specific dollar amount or percentage of your estate to Lesley University through your will or living trust. Making a charitable bequest allows you the flexibility to adjust your gift throughout your lifetime.
    • Retirement Assets: By naming Lesley University as a final beneficiary on retirement plans, such as IRAs, 401(k)s, and 403(b)s, you may be able to reduce taxes that otherwise would be imposed on these assets and leave more to your loved ones. This is the easiest and most common planned gift. Simply call or email your plan administrator and request their Beneficiary Designation Form. You can make a donation at any age and adjust your gift at any time.

    Already included Lesley in your plans? Let us know. We want to express our gratitude and welcome you into the Edith Lesley Wolfard Society.

    Learn More about Planned Giving

    If you or your advisor have questions, please contact us at plannedgiving@lesley.edu.

How Our Donors Move Lesley Forward

Through the generosity of our donors, we've been able to fund several key initiatives, such as the creation of our Visual Effects (VFX) facilities and curriculum, scholarships for students, and more.

Read these articles on how our donors have made an impact.

Advancement & Alumni Relations Staff
Meet the people who work with and support our alumni, parents, and friends to keep them connected and help advance Lesley University's mission of preparing graduates who will make an impact in their communities.