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Join our giving community, make your annual or monthly gift to Walker|West today!

For 30+ years we’ve provided innovative and accessible music education opportunities for K-12 students, keeping cultural enrichment alive in the Summit-University (historic Rondo) neighborhood of Saint Paul. With a deepened commitment to music education access for students of all ages, from infants to elders, we’re excited about the next 30 years at Walker|West.

We would love to have your support at any level.

You may choose to underwrite a student scholarship, support a student for a full session or make a significant donation toward maintaining and improving our facilities. Giving is easy and secure!

Our music school is registered with the state of Minnesota as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations to support our mission and operations are tax-deductible.

Matching Gifts

Double or triple the impact of your donation with a matching gift.

Your employer’s match not only makes a difference to Walker|West. The following are just a few of the many generous companies that match their employee’s gifts to Walker|West.

Contact your human resources representative for specific information on your company’s matching gift program.

The following companies generously offer matching gift programs. Click your company’s name to access their matching gifts form or to learn more.

3M
ADC Telecommunications
Alliant Techsystems
Ameriprise Financial
Best Buy
C. H. Robinson Worldwide
Cambria
Cargill
Carlson Companies (Contact HR)
Cub Foods (Contact HR)
Deluxe Corporation
Geek Squad
General Mills
Graco
H.B. Fuller
Hormel
Medtronic
Pentair
Pepsi
Pillsbury
Polaris Industries
SuperValu (Contact HR)
TCF Bank
Thomson Reuters
Thrivent Financial
Toro
Travelers Companies
US Bank
United Health Group
Xcel Energy

Equipment Donation

We will also welcome your call or email inquiry if you are considering donating a musical instrument, computer equipment or office supplies. Please use the link below to make this kind of donation.

Equipment and material donations are used within the Walker|West Music Academy facility or community based on need. If you have a particular request for how this donation will be used it may limit our ability to accept your donation. Please allow two weeks for a response regarding requests for donated material.

Once your request is received it will be directed to the appropriate department to assess current need and then a determination will be made. If your request is in demand a staff member will arrange a drop-off time for you to bring the item and/or items to the facility during business hours. All must adhere to COVID-19 precaution policies, by wearing a face covering and maintaining distance. Please avoid bringing items in plastic. Instruments, music books, equipment, etc.

For questions contact us by email: info@walkerwest.org -or- call 651-224-2929.

Equipment Donation Form

Planned Giving

Planned gifts expand our endowment, improve academic programs, and keep WWMA affordable for future students. The XXXXX (name of WWMA Giving Community) gives us the opportunity to thank you today for the support you provide in the future.

When you make a planned gift to WWMA, you’re creating extraordinary opportunities for future generations of artists and designers. And you can put your assets to work any way you choose—you can enhance the affordability of a WWMA education by endowing a scholarship fund, or ensure continued academic excellence by making an unrestricted gift or supporting a specific academic program.

Whatever the purpose, your planned gift is an investment in the future and a powerful way to give back to the creative community.

Gifts from your Will

Including WWMA in your will or trust allows you to make a gift that costs you nothing during your lifetime. While a bequest offers no immediate income tax benefits, it can reduce or even eliminate estate taxes.
You can make a bequest to the school through your will, trust, or estate plan. To include WWMA in either of these documents, we suggest the following language:

“I give, devise, and bequeath to WWMA, a nonprofit Minnesota corporation, located at (addy) the sum of $________ (or, ___ percent of my estate, or ____ percent of the residue of my estate) to be used for such purposes as the Board of Directors determines at the time this bequest becomes effective.

WWMA development staff is happy to talk with you and your legal advisor regarding a designation for your gift.

Gifts that Give Back

Certain gifts to WWMA can create a stream of income and a charitable income tax deduction for the donor. These gifts include:

Charitable Gift Annuities

Charitable Gift Annuities (CGAs) are one of the most popular planned gift options. Gift annuities can provide you with a guaranteed fixed income for your lifetime as well as significant tax benefits. In an uncertain economy, the stability of a CGA is very attractive to donors who wish to avoid risk.
A Charitable Gift Annuity is a contract between the donor and WWMA. In exchange for a gift of cash or property, WWMA agrees to make fixed payments to the donor for the remainder of their life and/or the life of another individual.

Payments are based on a rate schedule determined by the American Council on Gift Annuities. The rate is calculated based on the age of the donor. In addition to this fixed income for life, the donor receives a federal income tax deduction at the time the gift is made. Charitable Gift Annuities require a minimum gift of $10,000. When the donor or other named beneficiary dies, WWMA’s financial obligations are completed.

Gifts from Your Retirement Plan Assets

A Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) is a special tax-exempt irrevocable trust arrangement written to comply with federal tax laws and regulations. Generally used as part of a complex estate plan, CRTs involve a donor transferring cash or assets (especially appreciated assets) to the trust in order to preserve these assets and to receive income for life or a certain term of years. Payments can be fixed or variable, and special tax advantages may apply. Most CRTs involve gifts of $250,000 or more.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

It is important to handle retirement plan assets (IRA, 401(k), 403(b), etc.) carefully in your estate because these funds can be significantly diminished by both estate and income taxes. But by making a tax-free charitable gift of your retirement plan assets, you can maximize the impact of your hard-earned savings. To establish WWMA as a beneficiary of your retirement plan assets, simply complete a change of beneficiary form (available through your plan administrator) and notify WWMA of your gift. If needed, we can also assist you with the proper language for your beneficiary designation.

Life Insurance

Naming WWMA as a primary or secondary beneficiary of an insurance policy is a very simple way to give a significant gift. This can be done with an existing policy or by establishing a new one.

Make your gift online.

We accept electronic donations in two ways, via PayPal and/or our GIVEMN page. You do not need to have an account on either site. Gifts can be made with credit or debit cards.

Make your gift by phone or by mail.

If you wish to make your annual or monthly gift by phone please call: 651-224-2929.

If you wish to mail a check to Walker|West please send to:

Walker West Music Academy
760 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104