A reminder to everyone that the end of the year is barreling down on us (as if we need to be reminded!). Early next year, everyone will receive statements from UCS about the charitable donations made in 2015, for your tax filing.
A couple of things to consider:
- Think of us if you have year-end bonus money or extra room in your charitable giving plans. Your family’s financial situation may have changed since you made a financial pledge last spring, or you may have gotten more involved or struck by all the amazing work we do here. You can always make a one-time extra payment to our Annual Fund, either by check or online here.
- Consider accelerating your Annual Fund pledge payments or paying your pledge off by December 31 and then claiming the donation on your taxes. Pay online here.
- Consider a one-time charitable donation as a holiday gift, perhaps to a child, spouse, or parent, to say that you honor and are grateful for the place that nurtured your child’s spirituality, where you met or were married, or where your parents took you when you were growing up.
- Give appreciated stock! Many people don’t realize the benefits of donating appreciated stock. If you donate stock instead of cash to a charitable organization, you do not have to pay capital gains tax and can realize the appreciated value of the stock with your donation. Instead of paying $5,000 in cash you can donate stock which has a market value of $5,000 instead, save the cash and not pay capital gains. Win for you and UCS. Information here on how to donate stock to UCS.