By Doug Bardwell and edited by Glenda Bogar, American Red Cross volunteers
As the year comes to a close, many people spend time between Christmas and the New Year holiday with their yearly review and goal setting for next year. If you haven’t tried it yet, you might want to.
Many people decide that they want to do more for those in need. If that thought is on your mind, please consider volunteering with the American Red Cross. Even if you can only commit to a few hours a week or a month, there’s a way for you to make a difference. Visit redcross.org/volunteer to get started and see what positions are needed now.
Others realize that their charitable donations aren’t where they should be. But fear not, there’s still time.
Did you know:
- If you itemize your deductions, your donation can be used to lower your tax obligation in the year you donate.
- Putting a check in the mail constitutes a donation made in the year it was mailed.
- Contributions made on a credit card are deductible in the year they appear on your account, even if you pay them off in the following year.
- Contribution limits for tax purposes are quite high. If you have an adjusted gross income of $100,000, you can donate up to $60,000 to a public charity.
- If you donate property you’ve owned for at least a year, the donation is considered to be the fair market value of the item donated. If the property has appreciated in value, you’ll get the added benefit of that higher value.
- Individuals who are 70-1/2 years old or older, can donate up to $100,000 directly from their IRA without having to claim it as taxable income.
- To read more about these hints, refer to Charity Navigator’s website.
So, you’ve decided to donate before year-end. But, where to donate? Well, if you’re reading this, chances are you are already well aware that the American Red Cross is the preeminent organization for helping to prevent and alleviate human suffering in this country.
Only one decision left. Where would you like your donation applied? Our website’s donation page gives you four options:
- Disaster Relief
- Where it is needed most
- Local Red Cross programs and services—this benefits Northeast Ohio chapter activities
- Home fires
and you can pay via credit card or via PayPal.
Considering a donation other than online?
Here are some helpful links, no matter how you decide to donate:
Do you want to mail a check? Send it to American Red Cross; 3747 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.
If you’d like to donate by phone, call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).
Donate by text: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to Disaster Relief.
Donating vehicles of any kind (running or not): Call 1-855-92 RC CAR (1-855-927-2227) or by visiting redcross.org/cardonation.
Donating stocks or mutual funds: Go here on our website.
Donating by Electronic Fund Transfer or Wire Transfer: See below:
If you are unable to make a financial contribution or to volunteer, you may also give life saving blood. The Red Cross provides roughly 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply. However, of the 38 percent of the population that is eligible to donate, less than ten percent actually donates. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, your blood donation is vital. To make an appointment to donate, you may visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or you may download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App.
Thanks for your donation—either your time, your blood or your money. Have a wonderful New Year!