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Ask for a Payroll Deduction: Payroll deduction is one of the easiest ways to support Macular Degeneration Association. Simply ask your human resources department to automatically deduct funds from your paycheck on a one time basis or recurring each pay period.
Launch a Giving Campaign: Want to get your employees fired up about donating to Macular Degeneration Association? Launch a workplace giving campaign!
Ask about Matching Gifts: Your company might match your gift! Many employers double, even triple charitable donations. Some companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.
Give Stocks Instead
’Tis the season to share your bounty with the less fortunate or to support your favorite cause. If you’re in a charitable mood, consider donating appreciated securities –stocks or mutual funds — instead of cash. When you give $1,000 in cash, you get to deduct $1,000, and that saves you $250 in the 25% bracket. (Any state-income-tax savings are gravy.)
Giving appreciated securities sounds like a maneuver for the wealthy, but it can pay off for philanthropists of more modest means, too. The charity you plan to help should be more than willing to fill in the details. Time is running out, though, and it will take a little longer than writing a check. The transfer of ownership has to be completed by December 31 to lock in the deduction for your tax return.
Wills and Bequests
The Macular Degeneration Association often receives inquiries from individuals who would like to include the Association as a beneficiary in their wills. Naturally, such bequests are welcomed and in fact constitute an extremely important source of support for MDA’s ongoing efforts against macular degeneration.
Numerous other bequest options are available as well, including the bequest of a specific object of value or the remainder of an estate after provisions for debts, general and specific bequests, and administrative expenses, including taxes. There are also Charitable Remainder Trusts, through which annual payments are made to a beneficiary for a specific period of time (including a lifetime), after which the trust remainder is transferred to another designated organization, and Charitable Lead Trusts, which work in the exact reverse order.
In response to questions about the form such a bequest should take, the following language is generally deemed legally acceptable: “ I give and bequeath to the Macular Degeneration Association, 5969 Cattleridge, Blvd., Suite # 100, Sarasota, Florida 34232
for discretionary use in carrying out its aims and purposes, (the sum of $___) OR (a sum equal to ____% of the value of my gross estate) at the time of my death under this will or any codicil hereto.”
Before making any will arrangements or changes, make certain that the well-being of your own family is first and foremost in your planning. The Macular Degeneration Association also strongly advises that you consult an attorney about any changes you plan to make to your will.
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Wonderful & informational meeting
Necessity is the mother of invention- great strides in vision enhancements/advancement
Very interesting speakers and learned a lot of information
Well structured, Good presentations
I think that what MDA is doing to educate patients is outstanding. Macular degeneration can be a frightening, confusing and potentially confining disease. I find that education is key. Another great benefit of meetings is that people get to meet other people in the same situation and share stories and ideas.
I have had the honor of presenting for the MDA over the past three years. The organization brings a unique approach to patient education in that it sponsors public seminars that directly engage the patient and multiple health care providers to give insight and education regarding vision saving disease management. Face to face meetings in a comfortable collaborative setting are invaluable to patients. MDA truly empowers patients to partner in their care and promotes vision saving action.
The Macular Degeneration Association (MDA) is an outstanding organization committed to providing vital information for patients and their family members. I have been impressed with the quality of the presentations and printed material provided free of charge to patients dealing with this sight threatening disease. All patients affected by AMD and their family members should join this organization and take advantage of its offerings.
The Macular Degeneration Association (MDA) has truly shown that knowledge is power. They are a tremendous organization, providing important and relevant information to the public. These events give patients and their families the opportunity to listen to detailed lectures then ask questions to physicians and scientists. They have been nothing short of a gift for the patients of the retinal community.