M A K E A D I F F E R E N C E | M A K E A D O N A T I O N
We understand how important it is to choose the right organization to donate your hard-earned dollars to.
As you prepare to make any type of charitable gift, we urge you to follow the simple guidelines below.
4 GOOD REASONS TO MAKE A DONATION
- It’s a Way You Can Make a Difference – Your contribution to the United Way provides citizens and leadership training for youth and comfort, care and professional assistance for those in need.
- It’s Cost Effective – .85 of every $1.00 you contribute to the united Way goes directly to the agencies supported through United Way.
- It has Credibility – All agencies supported by the United Way must comply with non-profit accounting regulations. Funding requests from these agencies are reviewed by your neighbors and co-workers who serve on the United Way Board.
- It’s Convenient – Through one pledge you can support programs and organizations that are helping to build a better community where you live and work. The paycheck deduction option offers extra convenience.
- PayPal – a safe, secure & convenient way to donate
- Mail to: United Way of Rice Lake P.O. Box 325 Rice Lake, WI. 54868
HOW YOUR PLEDGE WILL BE DIVIDED
To help us build a better community,
consider contributing at the following levels
|BRONZE||$250 – $499||$500 – $999|
|SILVER||$500 – $749||$1000 -$1499|
|GOLD||$750 – $999||$1500 – $1999|
|PLATINUM||Over $1000||Over $200|
A GUIDE TO CHARITABLE GIVING
1. View Your Donation as an Investment →
Any gift to a charity should be seen as an investment, and you want to invest in a charity that will make a major impact on its recipients while also giving you personal satisfaction. An investment approach to a particular group or cause will ensure a more meaningful experience for you.
2. Do Your Homework →
- Asking for cash donations
- Sending mail appeals disguised as bills or invoices
- Offering very little or no information on actual day-to-day operations
- Pressuring you to give
3. Understand the Tax Benefits of Giving →
An added benefit to giving is that most charitable donations are tax-deductible. To receive a tax deduction, you will need the proper documentation when filing your income tax returns. The IRS requires a receipt for each tax-deductible contribution of $250 or more. Depending on the amount or type of your gift, you may need to provide additional documents with your tax form, such as Form 8283 for each non-cash donation exceeding $500.
4. Decide How You Will Give and How Much →
Financial donations are the most popular charitable gifts, but there are other ways to help your favorite cause. Many organizations will accept property and goods, as well as your time. There are many options on how to give, including donating directly online, by mail, through payroll deduction or through a donor-advised fund. Additionally, find out if your employer will match your charitable gift. This will even further maximize your investment.
5. Track Your Donations →
Once you have made your gift, mark your calendar with important dates of your charity’s meetings and key events for the year. These are excellent ways to see your investment at work. Also, be sure to track the dates and amounts you gave payment methods and desired uses for your gift. You should automatically receive a receipt with an acknowledgement of your gift. If you don’t, be sure to follow up. Don’t rely on a cancelled check to count as a receipt.