Donations and Planned Giving

Mentor Pat Spross with her Baruch College Mentee Harman Kaur

The FWA, founded by eight enterprising women on Wall Street in 1956, today has more than 1000 members — women and men — dedicated to leaders from diverse backgrounds in financial services and other industries. We also provide mentoring and scholarships to the next generation of leaders and have reached more than 6,000 young professionals and students to date.

You can help us continue this important work and ensure that you have a significant impact in building the future by joining the FWA, becoming involved in our programs, or including the FWA in your planned giving or estate planning*.

Your contribution of funding or time and effort can make a world of difference. Young women – many of them from at-risk backgrounds – will benefit from opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and self-confidence. Diverse, emerging leaders will grow their professional networks and business acumen. And the establishment of open, inclusive cultures will help increase competitiveness, innovation and productivity at myriad businesses and other organizations.

Your participation can help make it all happen. Thank you for your valuable and generous support!

* Certain planned giving and estate planning arrangements can also provide efficient tax planning now and in the future. Please consult your financial professional.

Individual Donations

To make an individual donation online, please click here.

Stock or Securities: For instructions to transfer securities, please contact Ria Davis, Executive Director, at

Matching Gifts

Also, many companies match employee donations. Please check with your personnel department to see whether your firm has a corporate gift matching policy that will enable your gift to go further. Once you do, contact Executive Director Ria Davis at

* Contributions to the FWA of New York, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, may be considered as a tax deductible donation.

Planned Giving and Legacy Donation – The 1956 Circle

The 1956 Circle™ is named for the eight enterprising women on Wall Street who met to share their professional experiences and further their knowledge.

The 1956 Circle™ recognizes and honors the generosity of donors who have made a commitment to include the FWA in their estate planning, through a planned gift or by making provision for the FWA in their estate plan. We hope you will consider supporting the FWA by including the FWA in your estate plans and becoming a member of the 1956 Circle.

Bequests: Bequests are an easy and popular way to leave money for a charitable organization. You may use the following language to name the FWA of New York, Inc. as a beneficiary in your will:

“I bequeath to the FWA of New York, Inc. (tax ID number 13-3092258*), a nonprofit corporation of the State of New York, having its principal offices at 25 East 21st Street – Floor 6, New York, NY 10010, the sum of $_____________ (or otherwise describe the gift or specify a percentage of the estate) to be used by said corporation for its general purpose.”

NOTE: It is best to seek legal counsel for further questions about bequests.

CLICK HERE for additional examples of Bequest language and for the 1956 Circle™ Planned Giving Form.

Life Insurance

Life insurance policies are often overlooked as assets and means of charitable support.  There are two ways to donate life insurance:

  • Make the FWA of New York, Inc.* the owner and beneficiary of a fully paid up new or existing policy. (NOTE: The value of the policy is determined by IRS rules.)
  • Make the FWA of New York, Inc.* a beneficiary, but not the owner, of a new or existing policy.

Beneficiary Designations: Naming a charitable organization a beneficiary of an IRA, 401(k) or other retirement plan provides tax advantages to an estate.

For more information, please contact Ria Davis, Executive Director, at

Gift to the FWA through your IRA

gift-giving_sm The Charitable IRA Rollover Law has been extended and made permanent. If you have to take a required minimum distribution from your IRA, you can make a gift directly to the FWA (up to $100,000) and it reduces your ordinary income. Contact your IRA Administrator with instructions to make this gift to the FWA of New York, Inc.

This is not legal or tax advice.  Please contact your own accountant, lawyer or financial adviser as to your individual situation prior to taking any financial actions.   And if you have questions about where to send the money, please contact Ria Davis, Executive Director, at

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