Why Support Kiski?

Whether you choose to volunteer as a mentor on Career Day, give back to the school through your gift to the Kiski Fund, or simply mention to a neighbor your interest in Kiski, you help our boys, contribute to their futures, and also strengthen our School.

Our vibrant culture of philanthropy ensures that Kiski remains a premiere institution dedicated to preparing young men to succeed in college and in life. Today, Kiski is regarded as one of the leading preparatory schools for boys in the United States.
Volunteering at Kiski offers a number of rewards including: the chance to connect with the Kiski community, time to interact with the boys, and the enjoyment of giving back by serving the School while having fun either on campus or at a distance.

Donors give vital funding to the operations of the School that serve to make the opportunities Kiski provides possible. Tuition covers a large part of the total cost of educating a Kiski boy; however the margin comes via annual giving from our generous School community and our culture of philanthropy. From time to time funding for unique projects (e.g. buildings and renovations) is solicited through capital campaigns.
By giving and getting involved this year — and every year — you make a difference in the lives of our students and to strengthen their futures.

Your gifts in dollars as a donor and in hours as a volunteer go directly to the programs and activities that define the Kiski experience.

Annual Report

We are thankful to the hundreds of supporters of the Kiski experience.  We have highlighted these crucial donors in our Annual Report. Please feel free to flip through the latest Annual Report below. 

Ways of Supporting Kiski

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Online Giving

    Making your gift to the Kiski Fund online may be most convenient with our secure giving form. We welcome your Visa or MasterCard to make a donation or to make a payment on your existing pledge. 

    The benefits of online giving include earning affinity points offered by your Visa or MasterCard, the security of a protected online transaction, and because it is paperless you are giving in the greenest way possible. Your online gift makes a difference both for Kiski and the environment!
  • Capital Giving

    Those interested in learning more about and supporting the Capital Campaign should contact: Steve Szilagyi ’88, Associate Headmaster for Institutional Advancement at 724-639-8028 or steven.szilagyi@kiski.org.
  • Planned Giving

    A planned gift offers special benefits to both the donors and the school by blending philanthropy with the overall financial and estate plans of donors. Planned gifts can involve the immediate transfer of cash or property or they can be part of an estate plan. Please contact: Steve Szilagyi ’88, Associate Headmaster for Institutional Advancement at 724-639-8028 or steven.szilagyi@kiski.org.
  • Pledge

    A pledge is a way of stating your intention to make a gift while deferring the actual payment of the gift to a later, more convenient date or to make your gift through a series of installments. This is a great option for those who wish to give at a desired level without having to outlay a lump-sum gift. 

    Making a pledge is easy: simply complete our online giving form and choose "Pledge" in the Gift Type section or contact the Development Office either by phone (724-639-8029) or by email.
  • Education Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)

    The Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program allows businesses to effectively make a gift to Kiski of up to $750,000, replacing their tax liability to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, at little or no additional cost whatsoever. If your business pays certain Pennsylvania State income taxes, the combination of tax credits and deductions available can reduce the cost of your gift to zero. Put another way, the dollars your business would have paid to the State in taxes will instead be diverted as a gift to Kiski in satisfaction of your Pennsylvania tax liability.
    If you are a business owner or you possess influence over the charitable giving of your employer and you are interested in learning more about these considerable tax benefits, please contact Mark Rhodehamel at 724-639-8021 or mark.rhodehamel@kiski.org
  • Matching Gifts

    Many corporations offer programs that provide matching funds for an employee's contribution to an eligible institution or nonprofit. Check with your human resources department to find out if your company has such a program or visit our Matching Gifts page to search for your organization. We'll be happy to help you fill out the paperwork.
  • Gifts of Securities

    With a gift of securities, you may save taxes twice. First, you receive an immediate income tax deduction for the full fair market value of your securities; then, you may also avoid capital gains tax on the stock's value if it exceeds the purchase price. Should your securties have lost value you may sell the securities to claim the loss and then make a gift of the proceeds resulting from the sale.  

    There are some restrictions; please consult your financial / investment advisor before initiating a gift of securities. 

    To make a gift of securities, please provide your advisor with the following information: 

    Debora Kuzmanko
    UBS Financial Services
    500 Grant Street, 46th Floor
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    Tel: (412) 665-9906 or (800) 605-3767
    To further credit of Kiskiminetas Springs School:
    General Fund Account:  #OJ-66422-OK
    Federal Tax EIN:  #25-0995765
    Please contact the Kiski Advancement Office stating your donation and note the number of shares of stock to be given.
    A gift of transferred securities is considered complete when it is received in Kiski’s account.
    Kiski will value the securities by averaging the high, low, and closing sale price on the date of your gift.  The averaging can cause the value of your gift to be different from the actual sale price.
    Contact with questions:              
    Steven Szilagyi
    Associate Headmaster for Institutional Advancement
    724-639-3586 Ext. 228
  • IRA Charitable Rollover

    Basic Requirements

    One of the key benefits of the direct charitable contribution from your IRA is that the distribution counts towards your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). You can contribute more than your RMD to charity as long as you do not exceed $100,000 in a calendar year. The gift can satisfy a pledge that you have made. However you may not receive anything from Kiski as a quid pro quo for your contribution.  
    Kiski will provide you with an acknowledgement stating the amount of the charitable distribution and that no goods, services, or benefits of any kind were or will be provided to you in consideration for the distribution from the IRA. Also, the contribution must be made directly to Kiski and cannot go to a donor-advised fund, supporting organization or private foundation. Finally, you cannot make the charitable IRA distribution from Simplified Employee Plans (SEPs) and Savings Incentive Match Plans for Employees (SIMPLE plans) if an employer contribution is made for that year.  

    How to Create a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)

    To complete a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from an IRA to Kiski, the IRA owner must:
    1.    Already be age 70 ½ on the date of distribution
    2.    Submit a distribution form to the IRA custodian, requesting that the check be made payable directly to "The Kiski School"
    3.    Ensure that no tax withholding is being done from the QCD to Kiski (as the money must actually go to Kiski to qualify, and as a non-taxable distribution no withholding should be necessary)
    4.    Send the check directly to Kiski, or to the IRA owner to be forwarded along to Kiski
    While the process of completing a QCD to a charity is fairly straightforward, the key administrative requirement is that the distribution check must be made payable directly to "The Kiski School." Under the IRS rules it is permitted for the check to be mailed to the IRA owner, as long as the check is payable to "The Kiski School," but a check payable to the IRA owner that is merely endorsed over to Kiski does not satisfy the QCD requirements.
  • Cash Gifts

    We accept cash, check, and money order. Checks and money orders should be made out to The Kiski School and can be mailed to:

    The Kiski School
    Attn: Development Office
    1888 Brett Lane
    Saltsburg, PA 15681

    Gifts of cash should be made in-person. Please do not send cash through the mail.
  • Credit Card Gifts

    If you would like to make a gift or a pledge payment using a credit card, we accept all major credit cards, please complete our secure online giving form or contact the Development Office by phone. For more information, please contact the Development Office by phone at 724-639-8029 or contact us by email.

Contact Us

Our team is always happy to help you. You can email us at:

or call:

or write:
Advancement Office
The Kiski School
1888 Brett Lane
Saltsburg, PA 15681
1888 Brett Lane, Saltsburg, PA 15681   |   (877) 547-5448
Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

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