THE SEASON FOR GIVING, ALL YEAR ‘ROUND

Don’t miss Arizona Gives Day on April 4th!

Charitable organizations typically see an increase in donations during the holidays. But for most, the need continues throughout the year. In fact, many actually see an increase for services during the summer months – a time when people are not traditionally in the “spirit of giving”.

So how do organizations survive? The answer is a number of ways! It takes outside-the-box thinking to raise donations in the highly competitive world of philanthropy. An annual dinner and golf tournament – while still a long-established strategies for fundraising – are no longer the only methods. Dinners are combined with casino nights and live entertainment with dancing. Non-events, such as the Casa Grande Alliance’s Phantom Ball (coming up on April 1), where you donate what you would ordinarily spend on a raffle ticket or dinner without attending an event, is a novel concept to fundraising. Sun Life Family Health Center recently held its first For the Love of Chocolate 1-or 3-mile Walk/Run in Maricopa. This event is a combination fundraiser and FUN-raiser – designed to create awareness and community interest.

There is one event coming up on April 4 that has the potential to benefit MANY organizations, and it’s called Arizona Gives Day. Here is some important information about the annual day from the Arizona Gives Day website:

Arizona Gives Day is a powerful 24-hour online giving experience that unites Arizonans around causes they believe in. The single, statewide day of giving has raised $7.4 million for Arizona nonprofits since 2013.

Imagine networking your community for a single 24-hour period for donations utilizing social media and local marketing to generate much needed revenue with minimal expense! That is exactly what will take place on April 4. Last year Seeds of Hope, Inc. secured more than they ever dreamed, raising over $68,000 plus winning incentive funds from the event sponsors for various categories.

Here is a partial list of participating area nonprofits:

  • Against Abuse
  • BlackBox Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley
  • Casa Grande Main Street
  • Girls on the Run serving Maricopa and Pinal Counties
  • Pet Social Worker / Tails of Hope
  • Pets In Need Action League (dba P.I.N.A.L.)
  • Seeds of Hope, Inc.

You can search by categories such as animal, arts & culture, religion or youth development. You can also search by city or by keyword. Let’s make a difference in our communities! You can find out more on azgives.org

The other deadline for donations takes place on April 15 this year and that is the Arizona State Tax Credit. This is a true tax credit, not a deduction. You make a donation to a participating organization or school, up to $400* filing single or $800* filing married joint, and reduce your tax obligation to the State of Arizona for that amount.

The types of credits available are:

  • Qualifying Charitable Organization
  • Foster Care Charitable Organization
  • Public School Tax Credit
  • Private School Tuition Tax Credit

*Speak with your tax professional for eligibility requirements to use the tax credit. You aren’t reducing the amount of money you pay but you do get to choose where the funds are directed.