If you are like many Americans, you feel incredibly lucky that you have been able to thrive in this country of ours. You enjoy (or enjoyed) interesting careers, the love of family and friends, a comfortable life in a location you love. When you reflect on all your blessings, you may feel a swell of generosity. You want to share what you have, whether it’s a little or a lot. It’s that charitable impulse that non-profits such as ours depend upon. We absolutely cannot do what we do without the support of good people like you who have a special respect for the quiet professionals playing a vital role in our national security — and for their Families back home.
Changes in tax law do not change that! Luckily for charitable organizations such as ours, the negative impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law in late 2017, was not as big as it could have been. The new tax law raised the standard deduction to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for couples, reducing the number of Americans who itemize their deductions and thus get tax deductions for their charitable gifts. Individual donations to charities fell by 1.1 percent in 2018, perhaps as a result, but individuals still accounted for 68 percent of all giving that year, with more than $292 billion donated.
Americans, obviously, remain generous with organizations they value. We encourage potential donors to consider tax incentives, but also the vital role you play for Special Forces Charitable Trust.
3 ways to donate
Checks remain the No. 1 way that people make donations to charities across the country. We welcome any amount you can send us! We also accept credit card donations and bank account debits. You can either make a secure donation on our website, or if you’d prefer, you can download our Giving Form and send it with your check or electronic donation information to P.O. Box 53, Essex, CT 06426. Either way, it’s easy to make a difference for Special Forces Families!
Leaving a Legacy is the perfect way to have an impact long after you are gone. It also sends a message to your family and community about the value you placed on the Special Forces who risk their lives for this country. Do you want to support our family resiliency retreats or perhaps our Spousal Education Grants? You can specify that! Just make sure your will or trust names SFCT as a beneficiary. To learn more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donor Advised Funds. These funds have been gaining in popularity in recent years. They act essentially like a personal charitable savings account. You set up an account and contribute cash, stock, real estate, art or other assets and get a tax deduction, if you qualify. The manager invests the funds or proceeds, but you get to say when and how much to give to charities of your choice. If you have a Donor Advised Fund, be sure to specify SFCT as a recipient!