To Speak to Donor Services
Donate by Mail
Send your check or money order to :
Macular Degeneration Association
5969 Cattleridge Blvd.,
Suite # 100
Sarasota, FL 34232
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
Put Away Your Checkbook and Donate Appreciated Securities Instead
By Sandra Block, (Kiplinger Newsletter)
’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.
The Association’s federal ID number is 27-3025707.