Make your year end gifts go further

Ashley RosenbrockFoundation Blog, Home Page

Every donation to the Les Turner ALS Foundation makes a direct, personal impact on the lives of people living with ALS and their families.

Your gift reaches them in their homes, where their questions are answered by our support services team. Your gift travels with them to the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic at the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine, where they receive world-class multidisciplinary care. And your gift stays at their families’ sides for decades to come, through support groups for every stage of the ALS journey.

This holiday season, when you make a gift to the Les Turner ALS Foundation:

You’ll give someone living with ALS personalized support visits from our support services team.

You’ll help modify a home to accommodate a power wheelchair or an electric hospital bed.

You’ll sustain support groups for people living with ALS, caregivers and families who are coping with the loss of their loved ones. You’ll also help provide access to clinical trials and advance scientific research into causes, treatment and cures for ALS.

As you consider your year-end giving plans, make every dollar count by donating in the most tax-efficient way possible:

  • Contributions of Appreciated Stock: Many donors still hold stocks with built-in capital gains — despite recent market volatility. You’ll receive a charitable income tax deduction for a gift of stock (subject to AGI limitations), while permanently avoiding embedded capital gains that may otherwise become costly future tax liabilities.
  • Qualified Charitable Distributions: Individuals over the age of 70½ can donate up to $100,000 from their IRA (provided the gift goes directly to a charity, not to a Donor-Advised Fund or private foundation). The gift, which can serve as a Required Minimum Distribution from an IRA, may be a particularly tax-savvy move for those taking the standard deduction.

There are many other ways to give your time, talent or treasure in support of ALS care and research, such as:

  • Charitable Bequests: A bequest allows you to leave money to a cherished organization through your will or trust after you pass on. It costs nothing now but leaves an enduring legacy.
  • Share our mission with your network: Help drive awareness by sharing information about us with your friends and colleagues via social media, at upcoming holiday parties, and elsewhere. Your warm endorsement goes a very long way!

Roughly a third of all individual charitable giving takes place in December. We’re grateful to be included in your year-end giving plans. To learn more about these and other opportunities, contact Steve Schapiro, Director of Development.

Whatever form it takes, your giving will go even further than you can imagine — all the way from this holiday season to a world free of ALS.