How you can help: A giving guide
Finding our cures demands a great deal
of money, time and research. The Spastic Paraplegia
Foundation is a publicly supported, volunteer driven
organization and your help is needed, now more than
ever. Concerned individuals and
sponsors will make it
possible for us to accomplish our mission. Thank you.
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To make an online credit card donation or to print
out a Donations Form to mail in, click here.
A gift of cash is tax-deductible for all taxpayers who itemize.
Make your gift worth twice as much! If you
work for a firm that has an employee matching gift
program, you may be able to double your gift. Obtain the
form from your company (usually in the human resources
department) and send it to:
Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1208
Forston, Georgia 31808
We ask that you encourage your friends and family to
contribute to SPF research. Click here for a sample
you can send to your friends and family asking them
to make a donation instead of buying you gifts for your
Contribute by Pledge
Want to send regular gifts to SPF? It's easy - set
up a Pledge Program that will automatically bill your
credit card for the amounts and intervals of your choice.
United Way donations
If you company has a United Way giving program, you
can designate the SPF as your charity-of-choice. Simply
enter in our name and address (see above) and tax ID
#04-3594491 on your United Way donations form.
Your company or group can help, too
Check the giving-guidelines of your company, faith-based
organization and civic group. The SPF can help you create a donations
Corporate Sponsorships are an excellent way to promote
your company while supporting a worthy cause. It's good
business! Sponsorships can:
Enhance your company's public image
Draw attention to a product or service
Contribute to an increase in sales
Boost employee morale
There are opportunities to sponsor national conferences,
local patient events, the SPF website and E-News, or
other initiatives. For information about current
Sponsors, please visit Sponsors.
SPF’s signature event is our national
held in September. Everyone from near and far, whether
as Walkers or Walkers-by-Proxy, can participate
in the TeamWalk!
For those who can attend, TeamWalk weekends
offer a Conference and social exchanges as well
as the opportunity to join others in TeamWalk.
Individuals can walk along with family members and
friends or participate as TeamWalk supporters
at the rally point.
Non-attendees can participate in our unique Walker
by Proxy program. A designated Walker will carry
your name and spirit in TeamWalk!
We also support satellite TeamWalks. Satellite
TeamWalks are an organized group walk that
takes place on the same day as national TeamWalk
You can help create a future without HSP or PLS through
Planned Giving. Planned Giving refers to charitable
gifts that require advance planning. These gifts can
provide valuable tax benefits while you support vital
There is an appropriate gift to fit every objective.
Here’s a chart
to help determine which gift will meet your goals.
Your personal circumstances will determine the best
plan to meet your financial and charitable goals. The
information that follows is a listing of popular options
and is not intended as legal, tax or investment advice.
Please consult your attorney, tax professional or investment
Wills and Bequests
Through your will or living trust, you may be able
to provide substantial support to SPF without diminishing
assets available to you during your lifetime. You can
give a specific amount or a percentage of your estate.
Life income gift
Charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder
trusts can target gifts of cash, securities or other
marketable assets to SPF and retain life-income for
you, your spouse and/or others. The remaining principal
passes to SPF at the death of the last beneficiary.
Charitable Lead Trusts
A charitable lead trust provides a current income
tax deduction and transfers property to heirs while
minimizing transfer taxes. A gift of an income stream
to SPF is made from the trust principal for a selected
period of time. After that period, the trust principal
reverts to you or is distributed to others.
Gifts of stocks, bonds and mutual funds may offer
you capital gains tax incentives. Amounts up to 30 percent
of your adjusted gross income may be deducted for the
year the gift is made; any excess can be deducted over
the next five years.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
When you create a charitable remainder trust, you
transfer money, securities or other assets to a trust
that will then pay you (or another beneficiary) an income.
At the death of the surviving beneficiary, the remaining
principal in the trust goes to SPF.
Life insurance is an easy way to support the SPF.
When your life insurance policy is donated to SPF, the
cash value of the policy can be deductible.
Naming SPF as a beneficiary for funds in a retirement
plan is an easy way to give a gift to the SPF. Check
with the institution handling your IRA, other retirement
plan or profit-sharing account.
The SPF welcomes In-kind gifts to help the Foundation
fulfill its mission. By donating good or services,
you help free up operating dollars that can now go toward
funding important research. Should you have an
item or service that you wish to donate, please
Individuals are welcome (and needed!) to organize
local fundraising initiatives. We can provide ideas,
guidance and support in organizing your special event.
Here are some easy ideas:
Bake Sale, Car Wash, Rummage or Yard Sale, or Gift
Bike-a-thon, roll-a-thon, dance-a-thon, walk-a-thon
or similar activity
Entertainment Book promotion
Restaurant Promotion, where a restaurant donates
a portion of sales on a particular date (Papa Gino’s
pizza and Pizza Hut are popular choices) Coupon
booklet promotion – some restaurants or grocery
store chains offer coupon books
Social - a barbecue, picnic, breakfast, or dinner.
Sell tickets for the meal that will also include
a donation. You can add a raffle or auction to raise
Hold a “party plan” event with a direct-selling
company willing to donate a percentage of the proceeds
(Tupperware, Pampered Chef and Avon are popular
Tips on Asking for Money
Asking people to make a donation may be a bit difficult.
Yet, most people are happy to make a contribution when
the request comes from somebody they know. Click
here for an article
that can help you feel more comfortable about asking
Additional Ideas and Resources For Fundraising
Fundraising Yellow Pages
Fundraising Products, Ideas,
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