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How to Give: Payment Methods

Carthage profoundly appreciates all gifts and strives to keep the process of giving convenient and easy for our benefactors. For this reason, we provide a number of ways to contribute to the College.

Online Gifts

Making a gift to Carthage College electronically is secure and easy. You can pay by credit card or arrange for an electronic transfer of funds. To make an online gift, please fill out our secure online giving form.

Gifts by Mail

There are several ways to send a gift by mail to the College:

  • Check. Please make checks payable to “Carthage College.” If you would like to designate your gift for a specific use or fund, please write that designation on the check’s memo line or attach a separate letter specifying your wishes.

  • Credit card. If you would like to make a gift by credit card but prefer not to use our online giving form, please print and complete our mail-in form.

  • Electronic Transfer of Funds. If you would like to electronically transfer money to the College but prefer not to use our online giving form, please print out and complete our mail-in form.

Forms and checks can be mailed to: Carthage College; Attn: Staci Carson, Office of Institutional Advancement; 2001 Alford Park Drive; Kenosha, WI 53140.

Gifts by Telephone

Credit card gifts may be made by calling the Office of Institutional Advancement at 262-551-5878 or 800-551-1518. Advancement staff are available to answer any questions you may have about your gift.

Planned Giving/Estate Planning

For more information on charitable gift planning, see the online Planned Giving Guide. There are many easy giving options from which you can choose — strategies that enhance your personal well being, as well as Carthage.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity has many benefits: It’s a gift to the College, an income tax charitable deduction, and income to you for life. Carthage has more than 140 charitable gift annuities in place with a gift value of about $4 million. We have experience with this kind of gift and a great number of satisfied donors. Annuity rates are determined by your age at the time the gift is made. Charitable gift annuities may be funded with cash, appreciated assets such as stock, or some other assets. Married donors may choose two one-life annuities, or a single two-life annuity, depending on their circumstances. Younger donors may choose to delay annuity payments for a period of years yielding higher rates. For more information, contact Tim Knutson at 262-551-5786 or

Gifts of Stock and Securities

Donors may contribute securities, stocks, mutual funds, bonds and other investment vehicles to the College. Please call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 262-551-5703 or 800-551-1518 for additional information and to make a gift.

Gifts of Personal Property/Real Estate

Donors seeking a special home for a work of art, antique or collection may choose to make a gift of personal property to Carthage. Personal property gifts include collections, equipment, vehicles, boats, antiques, sculptures, written materials, and much more. Donors may also give gifts of real estate to the College. Please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 262-551-5703 or 800-551-1518.

Matching Gifts

Many companies encourage their employees to make charitable donations through a corporate gift matching program. The employer will match personal donations with a company contribution. Look up your employer to see if they will match your charitable contributions.


A pledge is a commitment to a single donation or a series of donations. By committing to making a series of donations over a period of time (months or years), you can be recognized as if you had given the combined total all at once. For example, a pledge to donate $1,000 annually for five years will be recognized as a gift of $5,000. To make a pledge, please print out this Declaration of Intent form and mail it to the Office of Institutional Advancement, fax it to 262-551-5973, or call 262-551-5703 or 800-551-1518. 

Faculty & Staff Giving

Carthage offers a payroll deduction option for faculty and staff giving to the College. Faculty and staff may also give to the College in any of the above methods. Please contact Staci Carson in the Office of Institutional Advancement for more information.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $22,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …