Giving at Peck

Philanthropy and Volunteerism

Since our founding in 1893, generations of students and families have benefitted from the generosity and determination of our parents and grandparents, alumni, trustees, teachers, and staff members. Every gift to Peck means that we can offer a more enriching, engaging learning experience—to more deserving students, from throughout the region and across all walks of life.

We thank our community members for sharing gifts of time, talent, and treasure. Your contributions strengthen our school community, support the continued professional development of our teachers, maintain and improve our physical plant, and ensure the long-term growth and stability of our school.

We cannot accomplish what we do every day for our students without your support. Please continue to ensure that The Peck School offers timeless traditions and timely transformations to a diverse and deserving body of students, for generations to come.

Martha and Jamie Higgins, Former Trustee and Past Parent

Few educational institutions can live up to such high expectations, but Peck did for our family;and does for those at the school now. We give to Peck so that it may continue to offer its distinctive elementary educational experience for many generations to come.

CARES Act 2020

A Note to our Donors: The new CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act is designed to help you, businesses, and nonprofits facing economic hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are a few key provisions of the CARES Act that may affect you and your charitable goals:

Required Minimum Distributions Suspended:

The new law temporarily suspends the requirements for required minimum distributions (RMD) for the 2020 tax year. This probably comes as a relief to many of you who would have had to withdraw from your retirement accounts. Many of our donors use their RMD to make a gift from their IRA. Despite the RMD suspension, remember that if you are 70½ or older, you can still make a gift from your IRA or name The Peck School as a beneficiary.

Why a gift from your IRA may still be a good idea:

Your gift will be put to use today, allowing you to see the difference your donation is making. You pay no income taxes on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your deductions. Since the gift doesn’t count as income, it can reduce your annual income level. This may help lower your Medicare premiums and decrease the amount of Social Security that is subject to tax.

New tax incentives:

The CARES Act allows taxpayers to take a charitable deduction of up to $300 ($600 for married couples) for those who take the standard deduction. You might think that this is a small amount and would not make a difference. But what if all of our donors gave “just” $300? Such support would have a huge impact on our Peck community.

For those who do itemize their deductions, the new law allows for cash contributions to qualified charities such as The Peck School to be deducted up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for the 2020 calendar year.

Your charitable goals:

We are deeply grateful for your continued kindness and support during this difficult time. Please contact Joan Myers at or leave a voicemail at (973) 539-8660, ext. 113,  to discuss how your gift can help further our mission.