Donations from the community allow the Sedona Community Center to successfully and compassionately provide our Meals on Wheels Program, serve lunch Monday through Friday here at the Center, provide the food for our Breakfast/Weekend Club Program, and provide the funds for our center operations. In short, we need your donations to effectively do what we do!
“Everyone should have a hot meal everyday” said Joan Jensen, a volunteer who with her 93 year-old husband Bob delivered Meals on Wheels to home-bound residents .
The Sedona Community Center has been fulfilling this need for over 25 years with our five-day a week Community Lunches and our Meals on Wheels food programs. Over the past year, the Community Lunch program has increased 23% and the Meals on Wheels Program has increased 10%. The Center needs not only to continue these critical and vital services but has added our Breakfast/Weekend Club program to provide necessary food to residents through the weekend. None of these services are possible without your generous and compassionate support.
Donations can be given to in a variety of ways. We have the Tax Credit Program, General Donations, participation in our yearly fund raisers, and Planned Giving programs. You may simply click on the donate button on this page or send us a check to support our overall programs and services.
The Tax Credit Program
The Center’s biggest fund raiser is the State Charitable Tax Credit Program. An individual can donate up to $200.00 and a couple up to $400.00 each year. That amount will be deducted from any State Tax you owe. You no longer have to itemize deductions to claim the tax credit.
It’s easy and a win-win situation. You get to decide how your tax dollars are going to be spent, help the Center, and in return pay less State Taxes. The other positive is that this does not compete with the Kid’s Tax Credit Program. You can contribute fully to both thus helping the youth and senior populations of our community.
What is a planned Gift?
A planned gift is a gift given by an individual who shares a portion of their assets or estate. Your estate is a combination of assets including money, real estate, stocks, bonds, art, automobiles, life insurance…anything owned by you that has monetary value.
A bequest is a gift made through a will. The four most common bequests are:
- A percentage of an estate
- Residuary bequests (the value of an estate after all other beneficiaries have been provided for)
- Appreciated assets including stocks, bonds, real estate, etc.
By making the Sedona Community Center the beneficiary of your planned gift or bequest, you allow your resources to continue to work for you during your lifetime and help the Sedona Community Center continue to do its work of enhancing the lives of Sedona residents. You can give your planned gift while you are still alive or plan that it be given after your passing.
Your commitment to the Sedona Community Center includes the possibilities of planned giving through:
- Charitable contributions
- Wills and bequests
- Life insurance policies
- Appreciated Securities
- Real estate holdings
- Life insurance gifts
Appreciated Securities are gifts including stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. By transferring ownership of appreciated securities, donors are able to claim a charitable income tax deduction for its current full market value, but avoid incurring capital gains taxes that would be owed if the stock were sold.
Life Insurance. You can name the Sedona Community Center the beneficiary of all or part of the value of your life insurance policy.
Therefore, there are many ways to provide funding for the Sedona Community Center.
- You can donate money for general operations
- You can donate money for a specific program like Meals on Wheels
- You can give to our small but growing endowment fund
- You can donate through the Arizona State Charitable Tax Credit program
If you are interested in learning more about planned giving and want to help the Sedona Community Center continue to do its work to enhance the lives for Sedona residents, give us a call today and we will schedule an appointment for you with our attorney and financial planner. There is no fee for this service. We also hold quarterly planned giving seminars so you can learn more about this program and see if it is right for you.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Staff, we thank you for your continued support of the Sedona Community Center. Without the caring actions of our donors and volunteers, we would not be able to fulfill our mission of enhancing the lives of residents of the greater Sedona community through our award winning food programs, outstanding exercise and educational activities and compassionate supportive services.