GloryUs Goings On – Sarcoma Cancer Research benefits from sales of ‘Lifting the Wheel of Karma’
According to the author, Sarcoma accounts for 15-20 percent of all childhood cancers, yet receives less than 1 percent of cancer research funding. It is often fast growing, undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
GreatNonprofits.org teamed with Giving Tuesday, to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It was held Nov. 27. GreatNonprofits is championing local giving this holiday season and encouraging donors and volunteers to take advantage of the site to find local organizations worthy of support.
“This is a critical time to support local nonprofits,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “Governments are cutting funding for local nonprofit services like afterschool programs and soup kitchens by as much as 20 percent. Meanwhile, the number of people needing these services has skyrocketed. Nonprofit reliance on local and individual donations has grown in parts of the country from 10 percent to 60 percent.
“Nonprofits in your community need your support now. [This] is a terrific opportunity to change how we think about the holiday season. People are shopping locally, eating locally sourced foods, and now, they can support their community by volunteering or donating to local charities.”
GreatNonprofits.org makes it easy for donors and volunteers to find worthy local nonprofits by providing local ZIP code browsing, as well as providing concrete details of each organization’s impact on the community and breaking down how a donation of $50 and/or three volunteer hours are actually put to use.
Craig Newmark, a philanthropist and founder of Craigslist, said, “GreatNonprofits is a great service for people interested in inspiring others to donate and volunteer at their favorite nonprofits. Folks can rate charities and share their firsthand experience with the organization. Now people can help each other discover nonprofits doing good work in their town.”
According to them, the GreatNonprofits.org database includes more than 1.2 million registered 501(c)3’s.
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More than 40,000 people attended this year’s 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held in Denver. Race participants and breast cancer survivors received the royal treatment this year at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Survivor Village. CTCA’s Survivor Village, “designed to celebrate survivors,” offered a hot breakfast and participants got useful, hand-on tips about how to shop a farmer’s market from Sharon Day, director of Nutrition at CTCA at the Western Regional Medical Center.
For the past three years CTCA has supported and partnered with Promise of the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which includes sponsorship of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Denver.
Holiday Toy Drive
The Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation has a Be Bright! Young Professionals Events Committee Launch Party and Holiday Toy Drive, Dec. 12, 6-9 p.m., at Chlóe Mezze Lounge. Guests as asked to bring a toy, book, DVD or other appropriate item for kids up to age 17 or pay a $10 cover. No stuffed toys please.
Quinn Washington and Sarah Baker are chairing the new YP group and they have several ways for them to support the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation mission such as serving a term as a committee chair; help with raffle and auction items, volunteer at the hospital’s events, work on the Stink Bug Project’s bake days, join their Ben’s Hope Elephant Rock cycling team and work on it, attend the YP’s Kaleidoscope event or donate items that patients and their families need.
For information call Camille Gallegos, 303-839-7425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘The Money Question’
The December/January issue of the Ladies’ Home Journal has “The Money Question,” answered by Susan Brund. It gives advice on income tax write-offs. This is a tricky situation as many of us attend fundraisers and volunteer for local nonprofits. We buy auction items and make donations of items and solicit and even buy such items for charity baskets.
I’ve tried over the years to get my husband to let me deduct the cost of formal wear I’ll never wear outside a ballroom, which is where I work, so they’re technically “uniforms.” No, he tells me every April.
OK, here’s the LHJ advice: “Volunteer work is not deductible. But you can write off certain costs related to unpaid work with an IRS-approved charity, such as mileage to and from a soup kitchen where you help out or plane and hotel costs for traveling to say, Detroit to help rebuild houses with Habitat for Humanity.
“Before giving old clothes and household items to Goodwill or a similar charity, snap photos and write down a realistic value for each item. Many people assume their stuff is worth more than it is-a red flag for tax agents. A woman’s suit, for example, is worth $6.50 to $25, a washing machine $40 to $150. Check the valuation chart on the Salvation Army’s website.
“Higher-value donations are trickier. If you donate a car worth more than $500, your deduction is its fair-market value or the price the charity sells it for. The same goes for artwork and musical instruments. If the charity sells the piece you’ll need a fair estimated value or if you’re claiming more than $5,000 in total giving, you will need an official appraisal. If you’re the artist who created the work? You can deduct only the cost of materials.”
Remember when the now late LeRoy Neiman painted “Grand Prix Heart Ball” for the Aug. 23, 1991, benefit, he could only have deducted the materials such as the canvas and paints he bought and used to create the original, regardless what it went for.
The article doesn’t go into what you can deduct for event tickets and many RSVP cards inserted with invitations do explain that. Regarding fundraising event auction purchases, my understanding is that you can only deduct what you paid for such items above their stated value. Also, we probably cannot deduct the price of “second hand” jewelry bought from a nonprofit because you got something in return.
If you’re unsure about a type of item, check with a tax attorney or the IRS.