How to Make a Financial Donation to Thoreau College
Thoreau College is seeking contributions of time, expertise, food, and other in-kind donations, as well as help in spreading the word. We are also seeking financial contributions to support the development of this project. There are several ways that you can do this:
1) We are able to accept tax-deductible contributions thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Youth Initiative High School. To do this, please send a check to "Youth Initiative High School" with "For Thoreau College" in the memo to 500 E. Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI 54665. You will receive a donation letter for your records from Youth Initiative High School. If you prefer, it is also possible to make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal through Youth Initiative. To do this, please send us an email and we will send you the link.
2) You can make a non-tax-deductible donation directly to Thoreau College via PayPal using the following donation button:
3) You can send a check directly to Thoreau College (also non-tax-deductible) via the mail to Thoreau College, S5193 County Road NN, Viroqua, WI 54665.
4) If you have a non-financial contribution you would like to make, please write to us here.
THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING MAKING A CONTRIBUTION TO THIS PROJECT!
We believe that the current financial model of higher education in the United States is fundamentally unsustainable and that it is actively destroying America's unique liberal arts heritage. It simply does not make sense for students to incur decades of student loan debt payments in order to contemplate the deeper questions of human life and the nature of reality or to lay the groundwork for lives of selfless service. We believe that our civilization is being gravely impoverished as colleges cease to be places of introspection, moral reasoning, and artistic creation and devote themselves exclusively to providing credentials for more lucrative careers. For this reason, Thoreau College is deeply committed to finding ways for all students to graduate without debt. To do this, we will seek to utilize all of the following strategies:
- Organizational Thrift: All proposed expenditures will be carefully examined in relation to the core mission of the college, as well as in relation to an honest evaluation of the current financial state of the organization. Organizational thrift also includes student participation in administrative and manual tasks needed to operate the college.
- Personal Financial Pledges: All students meet with college staff each year to review the overall financial picture of the college and to consider what they will be able to contribute from personal or family resources. Financial pledge meetings will only take place after a student has been accepted and no financial information will be considered in the admission process.
- Income from College Activities: Thoreau College will seek to create income-generating artistic, agricultural, craft, educational and other activities as part of the curriculum of the college.
- Donations, Grants, and other Fundraising: Thoreau College will actively seek the financial support from businesses, foundations, and individuals who share our vision and work. For this purpose, Thoreau College will seek 501(c)3 non-profit status. We expect that most funding for Thoreau College will come from outside of the local community.
- Senior Fellows: Thoreau College will seek donations of houses, land, and other assets in return for lifetime care and companionship as a part of the Senior Fellows program.
- Thoreau College will not seek to be a part of federal or state student loan or grant programs to preserve our cultural and institutional independence, to protect our students from indebtedness, and to avoid bias against international students.