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You have made a direct and immediate impact on our ability to provide a world-class education to our students and campus–today and for decades to come. Thank you for your generosity. Click here to donate today!

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As the oldest boarding school in the United States, West Nottingham Academy has a tradition of philanthropy that spans nearly three centuries. Since the school’s founding in 1744, thousands of alumni, parents, and friends have made it a priority to support the school’s mission.

Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated and have a significant impact on the school community. Please accept our thanks, in advance, for considering a gift to West Nottingham Academy. For questions regarding giving to West Nottingham Academy, please contact the Advancement Office by emailing advancement@wna.org.

Unrestricted gifts allow West Nottingham the greatest flexibility in meeting operational needs tied to strategic initiatives, as well as unanticipated needs that emerge during the academic year. While leadership gifts to the Nottingham Fund comprise an important part of operational support, the collective impact of donors, at all levels, creates a positive financial impact on the school beyond that of any single donor.

The Nottingham Fund, our annual fund, allows you to make an immediate and direct impact on each student and faculty member, as well as to the quality and range of school programming. Among other things, donations to the Nottingham Fund support:

  • Innovative and challenging academic, athletic, and art programs
  • Recruitment of talented faculty
  • Support for student scholarships for families with demonstrated need
  • Small class sizes and individual attention to students
  • Educational technology
  • Maintenance of a first-class facility
  • Financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic

A Million Reasons to Give Campaign

The extraordinary generosity and commitment of our alumni, parents, staff, students and friends helps to maintain and expand the incredible programs and opportunities at West Nottingham Academy and ensures that we continue to remain true to our mission. 

Gifts to the school will not be used for operations; they will allow the school to deliver programs and opportunities for students and faculty beyond what is covered by tuition and have a direct impact on the everyday student experience. From WNA’s greatest needs to specialty areas such as the arts, athletics, financial aid, the endowment, and your area of interest, your gift will help to make it happen.

For more information or to discuss your gift, please contact Head of School, Dr. Sandra D. Wirth at 410-658-5556.

Ways to Give

We value every gift we receive, regardless of size or the method of donation. West Nottingham Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Questions? Please email our advancement office at advancement@wna.org or call us by dialing (410) 658-5556.

Use our online form to contribute quickly and securely through the West Nottingham Academy website, or call the Office of Advancement at 410-658-4958 to make your credit card gift by phone.

Please make all checks payable to “West Nottingham Academy” with your name and any specific gift information you would like to include.

Checks can be mailed to:

Advancement Office
West Nottingham Academy
1079 Firetower Rd
Colora, MD 21917

If you are a U.S. taxpayer and at least 70 1/2 years of age, you may make gifts to West Nottingham Academy from your IRA without having to count those funds as part of your adjusted gross income. Consequently, you do not have to pay taxes on the gifted amount.

Distributions, which count toward your required minimum distribution (RMD), must be made directly from the IRA trustee to WNA, and the individual maximum is $100,000 per calendar year. This is a great reason to consider using your IRA (instead of cash) to make a charitable gift.

For more information about this opportunity, contact us at advancement@wna.org

Brokers and IRA administrators don’t always include donors’ names on stock transfers and IRA distribution checks, so if you’re planning to make a gift to West Nottingham Academy using an IRA or stocks, please let us know so that we can identify and recognize your gift promptly. And, please let us know if you want your gift used for a particular purpose.

If you own appreciated stock or mutual funds, you can gift them to West Nottingham Academy. By doing so you can take a charitable deduction for an amount equal to the value of the stock on the day we receive it, and you avoid any capital gains tax that you would have paid had you sold the stock. In this way, the tax savings can be much more significant than with a gift of cash.

For gifts of stocks and securities, please ask your broker to transfer stocks and securities to the following account:

EIN: 52-0591693 

Name: The West Nottingham Academy in Cecil County 

UBS Financial Services, Inc.
DTC: 0221
Acct: JW22304
Memo: Donor info + WNA Endowment
Contact Name: Mike Hinault
Contact Phone Number: 410-576-3263 

Please forward details regarding a pending stock transfer to our Business Office, specifying the name and number of shares transferred, the date of transfer to our account, and the mean market value per share on the date of transfer.

Important: Please ask your broker to inform the Academy’s broker of your name. Without this information, West Nottingham’s broker will not know to whom the gift should be credited. In addition, please ask your broker—or you may do so yourself—to inform the school notify advancement@wna.org of your intent noting the approximate shares and name(s) of stocks being transferred so that we are
certain to quickly credit the proper donor.

West Nottingham Academy has partnered with Flywire in order to streamline the process of international payment. Flywire allows secure payment from any country and any bank, generally in the home currency and at a more desirable exchange rate. To make a gift via FlyWire, visit our Flywire page.

Gifts may be deposited directly into our account via wire transfer. Please note: a bank-imposed fee is sometimes applied to wire transfers.


West Nottingham Academy
1079 Firetower Road
Colora, MD 21917
Bank Account Number: 113608903

Receiving Bank

First National Bank
Pittsburgh, PA

ABA Number: 043318092
Swift Code: FNBPUS33

Please note:  First National Bank and West Nottingham Academy must be listed on all transfers to insure proper transfer of funds. Be sure that your name, your child’s name, West Nottingham’s account number, and what the money is for (i.e., tuition, student school account, etc.) are on your deposit.

Leave a lasting legacy by considering a planned gift with West Nottingham Academy. A growing number of donors are using planned gifts as a means of strategically developing and implementing a comprehensive giving plan to West Nottingham Academy, while also improving their estate tax situation. These types of gifts include current and deferred gifts, as well as gifts of real estate. There are a number of options which include bequests, gift annuities, trusts, etc., many of which provide income and an endowment to West Nottingham Academy while providing income tax benefits for donors. These are complex decisions and we would be more than happy to assist in determining the best giving vehicle for your unique circumstances. If you’re interested in speaking more about a planned gift, email advancement@wna.org.


Gifts-in-kind are generally defined as non-cash donations, other than real and personal property, of material or long-lived assets. WNA appreciates donations of any form. To arrange a gift-in-kind donation, please email advancement@wna.org.

West Nottingham Academy depends on the support from loyal and generous alumni who give at the leadership-level. Major gifts allow our team to enhance campus, commence capital projects, invent new academic programs, and build world-class learning centers on campus. If you’re interested in speaking more about making a leadership-level gift or pledge, email advancement@wna.org.

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