Mark your calendar! On January 23, 2018, the Nonprofit Development Center will host a nonprofit summit in partnership with OneStar Foundation to bring together nonprofit professionals, board members, and other interested leaders from the academic and business communities. This one-day conference, to be held at the Lamar University Event Center, will include a variety of educational presentations and networking events. Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott will be a special guest to welcome attendees and provide remarks on volunteerism and service.
The deadline for grant applications for the Capital One “Combined” Foundations and Houseman Charitable Trust is May 31, 2017. Capital One is in the process of converting to online grantmaking in April and anticipates opening the system up for data entry in early May. Requested information will NOT be substantially different from the information that you were required to submit in the past. Don’t delay! Start gathering your information now and prepare for the online system to go live in May.
Combined Application #1:
THE HELEN G. BELL CHARITABLE TRUST
THE H. E. & KATE DISHMAN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION TRUST
THE EVA DUJAY FOUNDATION
THE MARIANELLA AND ROY PERMENTER CHARITABLE TRUST
THE B. A. & ELINOR STEINHAGEN BENEVOLENT TRUST
H.H. & EDNA HOUSEMAN CHARITABLE TRUST
Continue to check the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center’s website for announcements and training opportunities.
There are only a few more days to make your tax deductible gift in 2016! This is an extraordinary time for individuals, small businesses and corporations to demonstrate the power of social responsibility. Tax deductible organizations supporting imperative causes in OUR community are largely driven by year-end donations.
Here are some tips for making your charitable gift count:
1. GIVE SMART. Research makes a difference when making charitable donations, especially if making a donation for the first time or to a new organization. Do not be afraid to ask questions about the use of the funds received. What percentage of funds are used toward programs? How will my donation be used? An organization must have 501(c)(3) status in order for you to receive tax credit. To Learn More About Exemption Status, click here.
2. GIVE GENEROUSLY. Giving is truly better than receiving, and even better when you also reap the benefits. Find an organization that aligns with your values and/or interests. The organization DOES NOT have to have a well-known brand. Charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, public safety, and more are just a few areas where your donations will be helpful. And if you cannot give largely, give generously by researching where your donation makes the most impact. Giving online is easy!
3. GIVE SOMETHING. Supporting charities is inclusive! Everyone can play a part. If money is tight, try giving in other ways. Clean out your closet, attic or garage to find those hidden treasures someone else can make great use of. Make sure to get a receipt for your records. And, don’t forget you can also give the gift of your time! For every hour you volunteer, nonprofits save an estimated $23.56 in operating costs. That enables these organizations to allocate more funds to where they matter most: in areas of impact.
4. GIVE YOURSELF a pat on the back! With little effort you made a HUGE IMPACT this year! One more suggestion: Speak with your accountant or tax preparer to find out how much you need to give in order for it to make a difference towards your refund.