Every child wants to experience joyful moments when confusion becomes understanding.  For children served by the Watson Institute the ability to learn is an outright challenge – every inch a breakthrough.  Our students face significant challenges to learning.  Some live with autism spectrum disorders, severe emotional and behavioral challenges, cerebral palsy and neurological impairments.  Others come from broken homes, are exposed to domestic violence and live in fear of neighborhood gangs.  And though every inch is indeed a breakthrough, every inch requires significant resources of time, expertise, caring and money.  And that is what the Watson Institute has been providing for 100 years.

But there is still a gap between what these children need and what we alone can provide. We need to fill that gap and we can’t do it without the help of individuals, corporations and foundations.  How can you help?


Cash gifts, usually in the form of a check, are always welcome. They may be deducted for tax purposes when they are made, as long as you itemize your deductions.  Up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income may be deducted in any one year.

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Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) for federal employees

The 3 Rivers/Pennsylvania West Combined Federal campaign is the federal employee and military annual fundraising effort representing hundreds of local, national and international charities. Employees may donate to the approved charities via payroll deduction.

The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy by providing federal employees with an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

The annual campaign runs October 1 – December 15.

The Watson Institute is an approved charity of the CFC and our code is 38761.  Visit the CFC website  for more information.

Commemorative Giving

Through the Commemorative Giving Program, The Watson Institute offers a way for donors to honor a loved one or make a gift in memory of someone who has passed away.  To make a gift in honor or in memory of someone special in your life, please provide with your gift the name of the person your gift honors or memorializes as well as a contact of that person and address, so Watson can acknowledge the gift.


Corporate Matching Gifts

Many corporations provide matching gifts in recognition of an employee’s support of a charity.  Matching gifts are often equal to a donor’s gift, and some corporations match on a two-to-one or greater value.


Deferred Gifts

Deferred gifts are encouraged in conjunction with a current gift. They may provide an excellent way to diversify an estate, reduce income tax, reduce gift and estate tax and minimize probate costs.  Some methods are Life Insurance (naming the Watson Institute as beneficiary), Charitable Remainder Trusts, Retirement Plan Assets, and Bequests (outright in a will as well as certain bequests in trust).


Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)

The EITC allows Pennsylvania businesses to donate a portion of their state tax obligation to educational improvement organizations (EIO), scholarship organizations (SO) and pre-K organizations (PKSO).  The donation, in the form of tax credits, may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made.  The Watson Institute is a qualified EIO and SO in the EITC program.  Click here for more information on PA EITC.



A multi-year pledge to The Watson Institute will enable you to consider a larger gift investment and determine a schedule of payments over a period of months or years. The recommended pledge payment period is three to five years.  Pledges are tax deductible as payments are received.



An outright gift of appreciated stocks or bonds provides significant tax advantages. The capital gains tax on appreciation is eliminated, and the full current market value qualifies as a charitable contribution deduction.


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Thrivent Choice

The Thrivent Choice program gives eligible benefit members an opportunity to recommend where Thrivent distributes some of its charitable outreach funds each year.  Eligible members can take advantage of this charitable grant program and member benefit by directing Choice Dollars to The Watson Institute.  Visit the Thrivent Financial website for more information.


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United Way

The Watson Institute and its programs  benefit from the United Way Contributor’s Choice program.

  • Education Center Sewickley at the Watson Institute – code #4591
  • The Watson Institute = code #150
  • The Watson Institute Friendship Academy = code #200

Visit the United Way Allegheny County website for more information.


Watson is grateful to all of our donors:  individuals, corporations, foundations, employees and volunteers.  Without your help, we would not be here today on the threshold of almost a century of providing services to children with special needs.  Donations may be made online or by mailing a check to:

Watson Institute
Attn: Development Office

301 Camp Meeting Road
Sewickley, PA  15143

You may also make a gift by phone, by calling (412) 749-2868 or 1-866-893-4751 ext 2868.

The Watson Institute accepts Visa and Master Card for all credit card donations.

For more information on how you may continue to help the mission of the Watson Institute via one of these methods of charitable giving, contact our Chief Development Officer, Kara Mostowy, at 412-741-1800 or