Support Life West
Life Chiropractic College West, together with its students, alumni and friends, are dedicated to creating a better future for humanity through chiropractic.
Donations enhance the student experience by improving the learning and clinical care delivery environment, supporting our faculty, upgrading the facilities, underwriting service trips, promoting philosophical inquiry, and undertaking research.
Thank you for helping us make our chiropractic community – and humanity as a whole – stronger.
There are many opportunities to support a variety of Life West academic and clinical objectives as well as numerous financial vehicles for making thoughtful and tax-wise contributions. Please see them below.
The President’s Circle is a membership society of dedicated benefactors committed to the continued excellence of Life Chiropractic College West.
- Regent Level – $5,000 annually
- Chancellor Level – $2,500 annually
- Ambassador Level (Couple) $1,800 annually
- Ambassador Level (Individual) $1,200 annually
Contributions may be made in one payment or divided into monthly installments and automatically billed to a credit card account.
All donations will be used by Life West where the need is greatest, unless specifically requested to be applied to an established fund or campaign.
In gratitude, President’s Circle members receive invitations to exclusive social events, special new briefs from the president, and acknowledgement in Life West’s Life Styles magazine.
The Annual Fund
Your donations make a difference. Through the Annual Fund you can:
- Support academic and clinical excellence
- Foster career development
- Underwrite crucial research
- Offer scholarships to deserving students
- Sustain faculty development
- Expand and equip campus facilities
- Promote philosophical inquiry
For more information about how your donation can make a difference at Life West, IA_info@lifewest.edu of call the Office of Institutional Advancement at (510) 780-4500,ext. 2420
Gerard W. Clum, DC Endowed Department Chair for the Teaching of Fundamental Chiropractic Philosophy and Principles
The legacy of Dr. Gerald W. Clum, President Emeritus, has impacted every Life Chiropractic College West student, faculty member, and alumnus of our institution. He has transformed LCCW into one of the world’s leading chiropractic centers of instruction and clinical excellence. Join us in honoring Dr. Clum’s achievements and contribute to his enduring legacy by donating to the endowed chair bearing his name.
The Gerard W. Clum, DC Endowed Department Chair will strengthen the teaching of chiropractic principles at Life West and create additional opportunities for students to develop their core philosophical values and connect with the greater purpose of their study and practice.
DOUBLE YOUR GIFT
Generous admirers of Dr. Clum have offered to match dollar-for-dollar all gifts up to $600,000 – 50% of the fund’s goal.
STRETCH YOUR GIFT
Pledges with monthly payments are a convenient way for many donors to “stretch” their philanthropic giving and commit to a higher donation amount. On the donation page, select Make this a Monthly Donation.
Supporting the Life Chiropractic College West Scholarship Program will make a significant impact on the current and future state of chiropractic education and clinical care. Scholarships are awarded to students on both merit and need. Your donations enable current students address tuition needs, purchase supplies, pay fees, reduce dependency on loans, and maintain an adequate quality of life.
Help LCCW attract the brightest students through competitive financial aid and scholarships.
Alumni Association Scholarships
The Alumni Association is committed to supporting students at Life West through the scholarships recognizing, academic achievement, leadership, and vision. Contributions to any of these scholarships will enable the College to attract well-qualified students, acknowledge academic and clinical excellence, and reward leadership and diligence.
LGBTQ Community Awareness Scholarship
The LGBTQ Awareness Scholarship is designed to support students at Life Chiropractic College West planning to use their healthcare skills for the benefit of the broader LGBTQ community. Scholarship recipients are announced at Life West’s annual May event, Spring for Life.
The scholarships are funded by donations received from committed community members, area businesses, and foundations.
Make a difference in a student’s life. Invest in the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ community. Expand access to chiropractic care.
Supports students traveling to underserved locations around the world (San Francisco Tenderloin, India, China, Fiji, and Tonga) providing supervised chiropractic care to tens of thousands of people who might otherwise suffer needlessly due to lack of treatment. Donations assist students to offset the cost of transportation, lodging, and meals while abroad.
We know that when we share an experience, we learn from each other. Service Trips are about sharing our resources and our experiences with others from a core of service and abundance. It enables Life West students to:
- Express selfless service and benevolence
- Gain experience in addressing a unique array of health conditions
- Learn to communicate the chiropractic message to a new community
- Expand public awareness and education about chiropractic
- Learn appreciation for the less fortunate or disenfranchised
- Bring a free chiropractic clinic experience to the community
DONATE UP TO $100,000 – IRA Charitable Rollover
Donors who are 70 ½ years old may transfer up to $100,000 every year from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to a qualified charity such as Life Chiropractic College West without having to recognize the distribution as income.
To take advantage of this charitable donation vehicle speak with your IRA plan administrator and instruct him or her to transfer funds directly to Life Chiropractic College West, without you taking possession of the funds. This “qualified charitable distribution” will then be excluded from your adjusted gross income.
What are the tax implications?
- Federal — You do not recognize the transfer to LCCW as income, provided it goes directly from the IRA administrator to Life West; therefore, you are not entitled to an income tax charitable deduction for your gift. However, the offset to your Required Minimum Distribution may yield a more favorable tax position than donating the funds then claiming a deduction.
- State — Each state has different laws, so you will need to consul your own financial advisors.
Does this transfer qualify as my required minimum distribution?
Once you reach age 70½, you are required to take required minimum distributions from your retirement plans each year, according to a federal formula. IRA Charitable Transfers count towards your minimum required distribution for the year in which you make the gift.
Deductions may also positively impact your Medicare premiums costs and allow you to save on your monthly payments.
Please seek the advice of your financial advisor to determine whether an IRA Charitable Rollover is the appropriate vehicle for your charitable giving..
WAYS TO GIVE
There are many ways you can make charitable contributions to Life Chiropractic College West and invest in its mission, its students, and its future.
Cash donations, weather by check, credit card, or electronic transfer, are the easiest way for most donors to give to Life Chiropractic College West.
A pledge is a form of gift enabling donors to make contributions on a set schedule over an agreed upon length of time, usually several months to a few years. This often allows donors to commit to an amount larger than they might otherwise be able to make with a onetime gift. The Office of Institutional Advancement has the ability to accommodate pledge payment schedules suiting most circumstances.
Gifts of Appreciated Securities Such as Stocks, Mutual Funds, or Bonds
Donating highly appreciated securities such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds is often a wise decision when seeking to maximize the impact of your contribution. The tax benefits for you and the impact on Life West can be substantial. If securities owned more than one year have appreciated in value, you will bypass the capital gains tax and enjoy a federal income tax deduction for the full, present day value of the securities.
Be sure to consult your financial advisor to ensure a gift of securities is the best approach for your personal financial situation.
To donate securities, please contact:
Tom Hyland, Director of Institutional Advancement or (sample) Edward Jones, Office of
Life Chiropractic College West
25001 Industrial Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 780-4545, Ext. 2060
- The value of the transaction will be recognized on the day ownership of the stock is completed.
Inform your stockbroker of the following information:
- Our official name: Life Chiropractic College West
- Tax ID #: 94-2382546
Given the dynamic real estate market over the past several years, a donation of real estate may be beneficial to both you and to Life West. In order to continue our mission, LCCW will consider on a case-by-case basis accepting the gift of a home, vacation property, condominium, apartment complex, undeveloped land, or other real estate.
Have a life insurance policy created specifically designed to pay federal estate tax liability and this saving principal of the estate for your heirs? With the estate tax now at $11.2 million per person, transferring the policy to Life West may provide a tax-wise benefit to both you and the College
Or, Donors who own paid up life insurance policies no longer needed for their original purpose may donate the policy by transferring ownership to Life West. Generally, the donor will be entitled to an income tax deduction for the cash surrender value.
Discuss these and other option with your insurance agent.
Wills, Trusts and Planned Giving
Please Include Life Chiropractic College West in your final estate plans. The three most popular options include:
- Stipulating a specific amount to be directed to Life West.
- Stipulating a percentage of your estate to be directed to Life West.
- Designating to Life West the “remaining” portion of your estate that is left over when all other obligation have been addressed.
Trained financial advisors can provide you with additional estate planning options that are appropriate for your individual situation. Be sure to contact your attorney or financial advisor to discuss any impacts a charitable contribution may have on your taxes and estate. For more information or to discuss any donation, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (510) 780-4500, Ext. 2060.