6 Tax Tips to Get the Most from Your Charitable Contributions

Tax Day 2017 is Tuesday, April 18. Yup, that’s right around the corner. Don’t forget to deduct your charitable contributions. Check out these 6 tax tips to help you get the maximum benefit from your contributions by Judi Steadman, Director of Individual & Planned Giving, Susan G. Komen San Diego. 

  1. In order to get a legitimate tax deduction your gift must be made to a qualified organization. If you are unsure if the organization qualifies, then take a look at IRS Publication 526 for what the rules are on what constitutes a qualified organization.
  1. You have to file Form 1040 and itemize your gifts on Schedule A if you want to deduct a charitable contribution.
  1. Gifts given to charitable organizations over the course of the year like sporting event tickets, merchandise or other goods and services the tax-deductible amount is the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit that was received. 
  1. When you make a donation of stock or other non-cash property – they are valued at what the fair market**valuewould be at the tie of the gift. If you donate clothing or household goods – they must be in very good condition to be deductible. If your total deduction for all noncash contributions for the year is over $500, you have to complete and attach IRS Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions, to your return as well.
  1. If you are donating an item that is valued at more than $5,000 you must also complete Section B of Form 8283, which requires that the item or items be appraised by a qualified appraiser.
  1. In order to be able to deduct a contribution made of cash, check or other monetary gifts (like a wire transfer), you must maintain a bank record, payroll deduction records or a written communication from the organization containing the name of the organization, the date of the contribution and the amount of the contribution. For text message donations, a telephone bill will meet the record-keeping requirement if it shows the name of the receiving organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount given.

** Fair market value is generally the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts. For information on determining value, you can look at Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property. All the forms and publications mentioned here are available at http://www.irs.gov.

Judi Steadman is the Director of Individual & Planned Giving for Susan G. Komen San Diego, the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer services and support and is the only organization providing qualified women the free services they need for every step of the breast cancer journey. Learn more at komensandiego.org.


 

Intelicare Direct (ICD) “Pancakes and Pajamas” day benefitting StandUp For Kids

Intelicare Direct Pancake and Pajama Day

On Thursday, January 29, Intelicare Direct (ICD), a leading customer service solutions company with offices in San Diego and Las Vegas hosted its second “Pancakes and Pajamas” day benefitting StandUp For Kids, a non-profit organization that works to put an end to youth homelessness.

ICD donated hygiene kits, up to 35 sleeping bags and 20 tents for every employee that came to work in their pajamas. Gabriel Bristol, CEO of ICD has first hand experience of what it’s like to live on the streets, “I know how these kids feel—to not know where their next meal is coming from or the next time they will have a roof over their head.” His experience has lead him to do all he can to help others not go through the same thing as him.

There are over 2,000 homeless youth on the streets in San Diego. StandUp For Kids provides services for homeless youth 21 and under in downtown San Diego. It gives them a place where they can have a meal, shower, laundry, phone, Internet and participate in recreational activities. They also provide valuable services to help the youth change their situations like housing, career and legal counseling. StandUp For Kids also sends teams of volunteers to do outreach four nights a week to provide kids on the street with food, hygiene, socks and some larger items such as tents and sleeping bags.

Intelicare Direct Pancake and Pajama Day

“Given that our organization is run entirely by volunteers, we rely heavily on contributions from individuals and companies like Intelicare Direct,” said Terilyn Burg, volunteer executive director of StandUp For Kids San Diego. “We are honored that they chose us as their beneficiary for a second year. A donation as simple as a sleeping bag or tent can drastically improve the quality of life for these children.”

Intelicare Direct Pancake and Pajama DayAbout Intelicare Direct: Intelicare Direct is a leading customer service solutions company based in America, offering businesses effective ways to improve customer satisfaction, sales and quality assurance. Intelicare Direct increases companies’ bottom lines by catering to their number one asset–the customers. Intelicare Direct’s services include Inbound Customer Service, Technical Support,

Outbound Sales, Lead Generation, and Reporting.  A core component of Intelicare Direct’s corporate culture is its desire to reach into the community and make a positive impact by supporting important causes such as youth homelessness, the LGBT community, military and more, many of which have directly affected Bristol and Intelicare Direct’s employees.

For more information please visit www.intelicaredirect.com.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kim Rescate

Posted By Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager on Aug 25, 2014

Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words.

Kim Rescate is a lover of food and a runner (’cause of all the food). Though her passion for most things geeky is certainly a main driving force in her life, she also loves traveling and snowboarding. Kim works in communications at Alliance San Diego, but hopes it leads to a recurring role in Doctor Who, or Lost Girl. Continue reading

Fashion Week San Diego Founder Allison Andrews

Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) returns September 30th-October 6th and will take place at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier Downtown. “I’ve always appreciated fashion & creative arts, but love business, numbers and analytics. FWSD blends my passion and what I’m innately good at together,” said founder Allison Andrews. The dream of merging her two interests together came to fruition in 2008. After a four-year hiatus, the event returned in 2012 and quickly garnered the attention it deserved. The growing number of sponsors, attendees and the talent it attracted has allowed it to grow in just one year. “We have tripled our growth!! New, large venue- 3 days of runway shows- celebrity keynote industry speakers, so so much more! We have a musical act on Saturday night then our official after party in venue with VJ from Sleeping Giant Music! We partnered with Style to Rock the new competition fashion reality series produced by pop star Rihanna, and not to mention adoptable dogs looking for their forever homes on our runway Friday. Each night is so different and not to be missed.”

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Photo credit: Andrew Casey

Any pressure to emulate other fashion shows such as New York Fashion Week?

No. We stand on our own and if anything I feel pressure to do it right and make sure for the right reasons. Quality over quantity.

The designers from 2008 FWSD; where are they now?

Many and most are still doing their designs. BUT that was a very hard year and many got displaced with the recession. Terrible time for retail in general.

What’s your biggest challenge?

Time and money, as with most large-scale productions.

If money were no object, who would be your dream guest designer?

That is a hard one. I immediately go with someone I would like to meet, but then the Director of FWSD jumps in and I would say it would need to be a designer that has paid their dues, been a leader in their industry and also set a higher example for clothing designers in the world market. They would also need to support other emerging designers, as that is a core factor to FWSD. I would want to do more business research on the list that comes to mind for the perfect fit.

Are there any designers that are being showcased this year that didn’t get a chance to show their pieces last year?

Yes and that is something that makes me very happy- that they come back and don’t feel defeated. I always encourage them to grow and take it as a learning lesson. It’s usually technical skills- craftsmanship.

What do you look for in a designer?

What we look for is that they want to be doing this full time and dedicated to making this their career.

Tell us about the process for designers who are interested in being involved with FWSD?

Written application, then interview in person or Skype and the final is interview with model in outfit with full hair and makeup.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t want it more for someone else. They have to want it.

And

Trust your gut.

And

You can’t make everyone happy.

And

Do the right thing, even if it means putting your neck out there.

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?

Any person that has been a yes person- I enjoy real feedback & conversation even if it’s not in line with my viewpoint.  So the worse advice is when people say what they think you want to hear. Don’t have a particular quote to reference at this moment.

Who are your biggest supporter(s)?

No question: My husband and my mother.

 

Don’t miss out! For more information and/or to purchase tickets: http://fashionweeksd.com

 

Gift Idea: Face Reading with Barbara Roberts

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WHAT DOES YOUR FACE REVEAL ABOUT YOU

When you look in the mirror what do you see? Do you think your nose is too big? Do you like your eyes? Do you have high cheekbones? Do you have a dimple in your chin? Would you believe me if I said I know if you’re shy, had a difficult childhood, know how to deceive, just by looking at your face? Well, according to Barbara Roberts she can, and you can too by reading her new book, The Ancient Science of FACEREADING, How to know anyone at a glance.”  A great gift for the “believer” in your life.

Roberts has appeared on over 70 national and local TV shows including Tyra Banks, NBC Nightly News, The Learning Channel, and Inside San Diego to name a few. We went to her for a brief reading and she was spot on. She told me that those around me tend to come to me for things they can search on their own. They see me as the center of information. What feature resulted in this observation, the ball on the tip of my nose! For Kim, she asked her if she had a difficult childhood and the answer is yes. Her eyebrow thins out at the outer half signifying this.

Roberts is not the only Face Reader out there, “What sets me apart from all the other people that do face reading is that I’m trained in clinical medicine and psychology. I look at people from different ethnic backgrounds which is very unusual and the technique for doing that is for example, with your eye structure and your hair, we would assume that both of you have dark hair and dark eyes, either African American, Hispanic or Oriental. If I look at a feature that I think is ethnically related, I throw it out and I look at your face for the parts that make you special as a person.”

And so, the questions began. What’s the difference between Face Reading and saying we have a destiny? “I don’t believe in destiny, at all” says Roberts, “There’s always that kind of chicken and egg part. Do you get the feature first or do you get the personality first. You create your destiny.” It makes sense; if you take a photo of a child from birth you’ll see their facial features consistently evolve with time. No one is destined to be evil or good and vice-versa. “Anyone who is willing to change can change their face and can change for the good, I’ve seen that, that people can change from very dark places and come into a complete different person who radiates recovery and what I always look for is not so much darkness, I look for recovery…”

Now you’re thinking exactly what we were thinking, What about plastic surgery? If someone were to alter their appearance would that alter their character? The answer is yes and no. All our features add up to make a whole person therefore; if you change one small part of yourself it won’t necessarily dominate the meaning that the rest of your features represent. “When I teach this to plastic surgeons they always ask that because they help people alter their appearance. However you change your face in one little area, a tiny thing you change over here won’t change this big area over here” says Roberts.

The more we talked with Roberts the more apparent it was that how you see yourself could also alter your appearance. She asked her teacher years ago who had the best face he’d seen, and he told her Carol Burnett. He explained to her that when Burnett was younger her chin receded in (called slip chin) but when she began working with her daughter in drug and alcohol recovery her character became stronger. Burnett went on to have plastic surgery on her chin. She decided to bring it out to be more pronounced. The way she decided to alter her face represented her internal changes making her end result perfect, in her teacher’s opinion. Your own psychological transformation is important because parts of your face naturally change such as your eyes and your skin, but not everyone will see it.

What if someone learns the art of face reading to manipulate, like a sales person who would like to make a sale? “Someone that tries to manipulate it (face reading) to their benefit, it doesn’t work for them… a salesperson who wants to help people, truly get them to know the product if it benefits them, then there’s success. It’s an interesting thing too see motive factor in to understanding of the process” she says.

Most people go to her for face readings because they want some direction in their lives such as spiritual growth, what career they should be in, how to find a mate. “You’re always looking for healing and insight and the idea though is you’re looking to give people an understanding of themselves.” We ask her about people who may think oh, a strong jaw means confidence so that’s what I will look for in a mate but, she explains, it’s not that simple. “You can’t just look at one feature. You have to look at the whole person, all of their features and then, you put it together. You cant choose one person cause you want a strong jaw.” Also, each facial feature has three meanings to it. “We’re use to looking at people but we don’t really see them. And face reading you see them. You’re looking at who they are, what are there gifts, what are there life lessons, what is on with them. It’s very loving,” she concludes.

Here’s a glimpse at our personal readings. Roberts let us know that the first meaning is 80% accurate since each feature can have three meanings. Ours were on point with her initial reading.

Ana

Widows peak – “The widows peak is usually someone that is very creative by nature, we don’t like to be told what to do, and we like to figure out what we’re doing ourselves and then we present it, we don’t like to be micromanaged.”

Eyebrows – “Your eyebrows are round, somebody who likes harmony at home, we really go a long way to have harmony when it’s possible. On the other hand, people who have arch eyebrows love drama.”

Ball at the tip of nose –  “You have one fun feature that’s rare, your nose, you have a ball at the tip of your nose, on a 1-10 yours is a 6. President Clinton has a 10, a ball at all is someone who is the center of news information or gossip, not that you gossip, but it means people tell you things, so the center of news information, research, you want something and you’re on the internet finding it, not everyone is like that.”

Full cheeks – “Full cheeks is also big heart.”

Forehead line – “You’re rounded in the forehead line, love of people, being out with people, you just enjoy that.”

Chin – “Rounded chin is love of animals and children, it means you feel things really deeply; you’re not a superficial person.”

Earlobes – “You have long earlobes and this is someone that is spiritual by nature, now it’s not religious, but it’s spiritual.”

Face Shape – “The face shape you have has a lot of width from your nose to your ears…, what that means for both (Kim has it too) of you is confidence, people view you as very responsible and what that means is that when you show up, people think ‘oh Ana is here, give her the work.’ People always assume you know what you’re doing.”

Facial overview – “The overview for your face is you’re non-conformist, very creative, people oriented, focused, good with news information, love children and animals, and very heart centered, so another part for you is that, I call your face a right brain face and what that means is when you meet people, if I tell you stories such as my recent surgery, the next time you see me you’ll go ‘How was the surgery’, you remember the stories people tell you vs. when I look at people who are left brain they have the ability to take an object rotate it upside and backwards, we know people who are mechanical by nature, you don’t have that ability you have the people ability.”

Kim

Ear position: “If you draw a horizontal line across your eyes, your ears are low set and what that means in face reading is that you’re a late bloomer, it means that you come into your own usually in the early 30’s to 50, things come together for you, around 35 things really start to boom, really come together. Things will come to you a little bit later, I feel really good about this, my work is okay etc.…  My sense for you it’s going to really happen around 37.”

Earlobe: “Late bloomer, incredibly hard worker, the earlobe you have, yours come straight out, you don’t have an earlobe. There’s nowhere to put earrings, the earlobe you have refers to someone who knows right away if they like you or they don’t. And you don’t say anything but you feel it right here (gut). You get a feeling about people, and you’re very friendly so it’s not like they would ever notice but you get like a ‘ummm, I’m not sure about this person’.”

Eyes: “You also have small eyes for the bone structure you have, you have a beautiful face, you have the width in here, and for you that means you show up at work and their like, ‘she’s here let’s give it to her.’ See if you could get money to compensate for the more work because it’ll keep adding on there.”

“You also have a little bit of blue under here (eyes), it could be that you have sensitivity to perfume, smoke, paint and maybe milk. It’s not a diagnoses because I’m not a doctor.”

Eyebrow – “Thick and fades out. Albert Einstein also had this feature. It signifies a rough childhood and things got easier as you grew up.”

Jaw: “Your lower jaw is beautiful, it’s a strong lower jaw and it means you have strong willpower and drive. When you want something you just go for it. My sense about you would be that when you decide you want something and you really feel inside it’s the right thing to do you’re like stone and people don’t even try to budge you. You’re also really fair, ethical.”

Faded Dimple – “I think you have one dimple there, a little bit of the indent is fun loving. It throws people off. It’s deceiving. It’s kind of playful which is a nice combination. Tiny eyes for your bone structure, you’re observant. People don’t think you’re paying attention but you’re paying attention.”

 

Roberts: “Kim, you’re more of an introvert thinker and Ana, you’re more of an extrovert than both of us”.

We responded: “True”!

Barbara Roberts

 

To make a  face reading  appointment or to purchase a book, go to: http://www.facereading1.com

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*** book may be purchased cheaper by going to Robert’s direct website