Current Gifts
Many donors choose to help the East-West Center with financial support with one of a variety of current gifts, which can be made in many forms.

Check or credit card
A gift by check is the most common and convenient current gift to the East-West Center.  Checks should be made payable to the East-West Center Foundation.  If you prefer, you may donate online by using our secure website service: and charge your gift to MasterCard, Visa or American Express.  If you itemize your tax deductions, your gift may be fully deductible and should help reduce your income taxes.

Appreciated Securities
A gift  of appreciated securities such as stocks, mutual funds and bonds can provide attractive benefits.  An outright gift of long-term appreciated securities (securities held for more than a year) avoids capital gains taxes and, in most cases, the donor obtains a charitable income tax deduction equal to the market value of the securities.


Jerry and Tsue met at the East-West Center in 1965Jerry and Tsue Ostermann
Jerry and Tsue Ostermann were East-West Center grantees in the mid-‘60s.  Their life together is but one example of how the EWC experience promotes lifelong cross-cultural understanding.

When you are raising your family and making house payments, there isn’t much choice as to how you spend your money. The money goes where it’s needed.  However, once your children are educated and your home is established, there are choices you can make today for the future, when you’ll no longer need that everyday money.  

For us, the clear choice was to plan for a gift from our estate to the East-West Center.   The Center means so much to us – our education, our marriage, lifelong friendships – that we want to give others the same opportunity we had to participate in the East-West Center experience.  If our “legacy” is a contribution which will help ensure that the Center continues to meet its visionary goals, we could not be happier.

- Jerry and Tsue Ostermann

The East-West Legacy Society recognizes alumni and friends who support the mission of the East-West Center in their estate plans.  An honorary designation is conferred upon all known donors who take advantage of the following types of planned gifts:

  • Will or living trust
  • Life insurance policy
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Beneficiary designations of IRAs and retirement plans

No dues or obligations are required for membership.  No minimum gift amount is required. As an East-West Legacy Society member, you are acknowledged (with permission) on the Honor Roll of Donors in Burns Hall and in East-West Center publications and invited to attend special events for major donors. If you have included the East-West Center in your estate plans, you can become a member by completing the membership form on-line or mailing it to the East-West Center Foundation.  For more information, please contact Gary Yoshida, Development Officer, at 808.944.7196 or Download a PDF version of the brochure.