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A full mile away from the starting line.
When a family is living paycheck to paycheck, children learn to make do with what they have– even if that means returning to school without the supplies they need to succeed.
But this year won’t be that way. Because this year there’s you… and Operation Backpack®.
Operation Backpack® connects children in need with a new backpack filled with grade-specific school supplies.
But it’s not just about paper, pens, or binders– it’s about giving the gift of opportunity in school and life that many children will not receive otherwise.
With your help, Operation Backpack® is leveling our nation’s academic playing field. Join today to prepare a child in your community for tomorrow’s success!
Operation Backpack donations can provide pencils, notebooks, kits, and other support that give a child the chance to make it a great school year!
We ask that all donated goods be new or gently-used, and in clean and operable condition.
Programs can use computers, clothing, passenger or delivery vans, non-perishable food, school supplies, toys, new bedding, etc.
Donations of goods are called “in-kind” donations and they are tax-deductible.
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS – School Supplies, Toys, Art Supplies YOUTH PROGRAMS: School Supplies, Laptops and Notebooks
WOMEN’S PROGRAMS: Professional Clothing, Home Furnishings VETERANS’ PROGRAMS, Work-out Equipment, Baseball Equipment, Sporting Goods
HOMELESSNESS PROGRAMS – Passenger Van, Computer Equipment, Home Furnishing Basics
The most common gift is an outright gift of cash, but there are many other ways to make charitable contributions.
Please call Betty Chavez at (213) 251-7618 to discuss your philanthropic options.
Cash Gifts A gift by cash, check, or credit card may be made outright or pledged over a period of up to five years. If you wish to designate the use of your gift, you may do so at the time you make the gift by letting us know which area of support we should apply your gift. We can arrange automatically recurring gifts.
Workplace Giving Many companies have matching gift programs that make your philanthropic dollars go further! Employee matching gift programs are corporate giving programs set up to allow employees to have a say in where the company allocates its corporate giving dollars. Most companies match at a 1:1 ratio, though some even triple or quadruple donations. Check with your Human Resources Department to see if they have a matching gift program in place. If they do not currently match employee donations, consider asking them to do so
Gifts Through Your Estate For many donors, making a gift through your estate is the most realistic way to provide a substantial contribution to VOALA or its programs. The most common ways to make a gift through your estate are:
Stocks, Bonds, and Appreciated Asset Gifts A gift of appreciated securities such as stocks, mutual funds and bonds can provide attractive benefits and are a great way to give.
A Gift of Real Estate Over the years, most real estate has appreciated faster than the rate of inflation and, therefore, can offer great potential for a charitable gift. VOALA or its programs will consider accepting a gift of a home, vacation property, condominium, apartment complex, undeveloped land, or other real estate in support of our goals. In order for VOALA or its programs to accept such a gift, the property would have to undergo an appraisal at the donor’s expense to determine the donation value.
Tangible Personal Property Gifts of assets such as cars, jewelry, and boats are also welcomed.
Life Insurance There are several ways in which a donor may use life insurance to make a gift to VOALA or its programs:
Charitable Trust A Charitable Remainder Trust will pay you a lifetime income. If married, both spouses will be included as income beneficiaries. Highly appreciated stock, real estate and cash are all good assets to fund such a trust. Because the assets go to VOALA or its programs at your death, you may want to consider an asset replacement option.
Gifts from Retirement Funds Donors are invited to consider designating VOALA or its programs as a partial or full beneficiary of their retirement plans.