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6 Things to Know about End of Year Charitable Contributions 

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By: Trish Adkins

The holiday season puts all of us in a giving mood — and the end of the calendar year is also a deadline for charitable donations for the current tax year.  

For children facing cancer, the need for more research, safer treatments, family support services and cures is ever present. By making a gift by December 31, 2021, you can help sustain research and support into 2022.   

Here are six things to know about end of year charitable contributions: 

1. Donate by December 31.
All charitable contributions must be made by December 31 to count towards the current tax year. This means you must make your donation online by midnight on 12/31 or have your mailed-in donation postmarked by 12/31.

 2. Say goodbye to your unwanted vehicle!  
Donate your vehicle to ALSF’s Cars that Cure to fund hours of pediatric cancer research. We accept almost anything with an engine – cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles and more. Complete your donation by December 31 to count it as a 2021 charitable donation! Donating your vehicle to help kids with cancer is easy: Call 855-CAR-ALSF (855-227-2573) or complete the online vehicle donation form.  Your vehicle will be picked up, which means no added hassle for you.
3. You can donate stocks.  
For the savvy donor and investor, making a charitable stock donation is an efficient     way to make a meaningful and sustaining gift to your charity of choice. Plus, charitable     stock donations can benefit you as well as the charity. Learn more here

4. Double (or triple) your impact with company matching gifts.  
Many companies match employees’ charitable contributions, doubling (sometimes even tripling!) the impact of a gift to ALSF. You can search your employer’s name, here.  If your employer is not on this list, ask your human resources representative to see if a company match is possible.

 5. Donate cyptocurrency 
Bitcoin and cryptocurrency donations are tax deductible. When you donate cryptocurrency to ALSF, the Foundation will use your donation to fund the first ever childhood cancer research grant distributed entirely in cryptocurrency. Donating cryptocurrency is easy. Get the details here. 

6. Kick-off your 2022 giving by setting up a recurring donation.  
Recognize a tax benefit this year and beyond by setting up a monthly, recurring donation. As soon as you submit your first monthly donation, you become a part of One Cup at a Time, a group of supporters committed to ending childhood cancer. The consistent support of monthly donations helps ALSF plan for the future and anticipate which projects can be funded in the year ahead.  It also helps you, the donor, plan your charitable giving over the year.  

Give Now. Right Now.

Give to help families fighting childhood cancer right now by funding critical research and support services. Donate by December 31, and Northwestern Mutual will generously match your online donation to ALSF’s end-of-year campaign.