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Santiago Rivera
Santiago Rivera

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CAF's latest UK Giving report found that 20% of people surveyed said that they gave to charity because doing so made them feel good. In our research, 'Why we give', published back in 2014, we asked 700 of our generous donors to tell us what motivates them to give regularly to charity; 42% cited the enjoyment they receive from giving as a key influence. What type of giver are you?

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Knowing someone who gives to charity can be a catalyst for giving to charity yourself. By giving to charity, you may well be helping to remind friends and family of causes they themselves are passionate about and would like to support. Your charitable donations could even bring about a family-wide effort to back a charity or charities that have special significance to you as a group.Family giving creates a bond, helping to bolster relationships through a shared goal and often raises more money than could otherwise be possible through individual donations. Chances are, many of your family members are already giving to charity, so working together could help you to make even more of a positive impact. We can help your family set up a family CAF Charitable Trust to make coordinating your donations simple and sustainable.Sharing the experience of donating to charity with your children is also a powerful way of showing them from a young age that they can make positive changes in the world. Children naturally love to help others, so nurturing their innate generosity is likely to mean that they grow up with a greater appreciation of what they have, and will carry on supporting charity and good causes in years to come.If you have children, starting a tradition of donating to charity with them is easy - try creating a family donation box that everyone can add to and nominate a family charity each year, involving the children in choosing which causes to support.

The Covid 19 pandemic has encouraged many of us to take a closer look at our local communities and to consider how we can make a difference. Giving to charity, and particularly locally, can be a powerful way to invest in the people and places that make up our everyday lives. As a member of the various communities, you are likely to be well-placed to identify causes in your community that could benefit from charitable giving and support. You might also have insights into how to donate your money or time to magnify your positive impact and strengthen your community.

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Get your children involved by talking to them about the importance of giving. Giving unwanted toys to those less fortunate, smiling at someone on the street, holding doors open for people or visiting a sick relative is still charity because it warms someone's heart.

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Unfortunately, this is a situation where we frequently see nonprofits getting it wrong. Most of the time, it is an innocent attempt by a board or by an Executive Director to be good stewards of the money people have donated. With completely innocent and positive intent, they proceed to act in a manner that is totally against the rules.

A friend had a charity benefit to raise money for my son-in-laws funeral and for his only daughter which I am the guardian of. After the benefit I contacted this person and they said they put the money in a savings account and will not give me the money that was raised. Is this against the law? What can I do to get the money that was raised for my granddaughter?

A member of our church wants us to sponsor a marathon racing event to benefit a mission group in Haiti with which he is personally affiliated. The member would use our church presence to represent the event and would collect all monies received. He would decide what were expenses of the event and what profit he would donate to the mission. Our church does have 501(c)(3) status; however, our pastor is concerned about the legality of using the church as a front for this effort. He has asked me, as treasurer, to research the matter to determine whether we are misrepresenting our involvement thereby misappropriating funds. I would be grateful for your legal assessment of this matter.

We have a 501c3 to run our soccer club. Is it possible for a sponsor/donor to donate funds directly to one of the teams within our club? For instance, can they donate money to pay for all of the uniforms, for one team?

Unfortunately, this very practice is all-too-common among youth athletic organizations. The IRS has ruled that raising donations for specific individuals is not allowed. In order to be in compliance with IRS guidelines, all donated money must go to the organization, then spread out equally among all participants. The children involved should not have a designated account. Following these guidelines prevent these types of problems from occurring. The sooner the organization changes how they are designating these funds, the better.

If a 501(c)(3) dontaes monies to an outside entity than what it was setup for, is that illegal? Example: a local high school athletic booster club is designed to raise monies for the athletic programs of that particular school. The booster club donates a large sum of monies (100k) to a county educational foundation. The foundation does not contribute directly to that school or its athletic programs. The president of the educational foundation is also the sister of the booster club president.

A 501(c)(3) can donate to other tax-exempt organizations; if the educational foundation is an established 501(c)(3), the booster club can donate funds to it. But it comes down to what is in the best interest of the booster club. If it cannot support its own purpose or activities because of the sum being given to the educational foundation, that would be a reason to be concerned.

Under a 501 (c)(3) can donations paid in be refunded back to reduce say a participation cost or dues. Example: parents pay dues to participate in an organized sporting event, donations are taken and the non profit refunds back a portion of the dues from donated funds?

This is not a good idea. Money donated to a 501(c)(3) charity should be used for the charitable purposes of the organization, not to rebate member dues. Going forward, however, if the nonprofit anticipates future donations to remain that high, it may want to reduce future dues.

Need help, we have a representative and he has money that was giving to him for donations, so far he has 1500. No other donations were done. Can we ask the representative for the money back, can that money go back to the checking account of the non profit? Or we let him continue to hold the money until we find another place to donate?

I recently became president of a garden club with non-profit status. I am trying to establish a budget and make sure we are doing everything correctly. We have two fund raising events each year to raise funds for a horticulture scholarship and to support other gardening projects in the community. The first event is a plant sale where members contribute plants from their yards. In the past they have been given a receipt to fill out of what they determine the value of the donated plants (from their yards) to be. Should we be giving members a receipt for a plant that came out of their yard and was not purchased? The second fundraising event is based on soliciting plants from nurseries in the community. The nurseries are given a tax receipt with the value stated. I am assuming that is okay.Does 100% of monies raised from these two events have to go to the scholarship fund and garden project? Can the costs to hold the events be deducted from the generated funds?Can some of the monies raised go for club costs such as rent, website, newsletter, etc.

My group puts on an annual event in which an international spiritual person visits our city as part of his national tour to 25 or so cities across the US. We solicit donations to pay for this annual event in our city, as do all the other cities on the tour. We are not legally organized, just a group of people who put on the event, but there is a national organization that is a registered 501c3 non-profit. Our local group does not fall under the umbrella of the 501c3, so in order for donors to receive tax receipts for their donations, we either collect donations and deposit them with the national organization, or we direct donors to send their donations directly to the national organization. In both cases, we insist and make certain that any and all donations are tagged to be used for our local event and for no other purposes.We have been operating with the understanding that our donation money was being held in good faith by the national organization and that they would honor the donations as being tagged to be used only for our local event. And when we solicited donations we made it clear to donors and potential donors that the funds were to be used only for our local event (to make it clear that they weren't donating to the national organization).Recently, however, the national organization has been making statements to the effect that it expects all the local event groups to donate at least $1000 to the national organization's projects and charities. In the past this $1000 donation had been optional, but it seems that now the national organization is considering making it mandatory, to the extent that it is talking about automatically withdrawing the $1000 from our funds that were deposited with them (to my knowledge they don't have a separate acct for each city). These funds, however, are all from the donations that we solicited and which were earmarked to be used solely for our local event. So we are thinking that the national can't appropriate the money without asking permission from each and every donor; in fact, it is our understanding that we, the local group, can't do anything like give permission for the funds to be used for anything other than our local event. Are we understanding this correctly? Can the national organization actually, legally do what it's proposing? If not, is there any way to stop this action short of reporting the national organization to the IRS? Can individual donors ask for an accounting of where their funds went, what they were used for, and actually expect an answer?We would appreciate any help and advice you can give us. The way things are going now, we are seriously considering canceling our local event in protest, but we really don't want to go down that road unless we have to. 041b061a72


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