Giving to Sojourner Center
Thank you for your interest in supporting Sojourner Center. Our mission is to provide a continuum of multicultural services to individuals and families impacted by domestic violence in Arizona, while collaborating with the global community on education, research and advocacy to end domestic violence. Sojourner Center relies on its community partners and individuals for support in our efforts to provide the best quality services to women, children, men and their pets seeking refuge from domestic violence. Every dollar donated to Sojourner Center makes a difference in transforming the lives of those impacted by domestic violence in Arizona.
There are many opportunities to support Sojourner Center:
Please contact the Advancement Office at 602-296-3330, and we can direct you on the most convenient way for you to support Sojourner Center. You may make a secure credit card donation over the phone or online, cash gifts, gifts of appreciated securities, stocks and bonds, real estate, personal property, life insurance, or gifts from an individual retirement account.
The Hope Society
The Hope Society is Sojourner Center’s annual giving program recognizing individuals committed to annual gifts of $400.00 or more. Support through the Hope Society is an investment in the future of Sojourner Center, and ensures that funding remains available to continue to deliver outstanding support to shelter participants, and lead research and education initiatives that will bring us closer to the goal of ending domestic violence, across the state of Arizona and beyond. You may view the list of current Hope Society members here. Individual gift levels are as follows:
Copper $400.00 – $799.99
Silver $800.00 – $4,999.99
Gold $5,000.00 – $9,999.99
For more information on the Hope Society, contact Katie Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602.296.3354.
Arizona Tax Credit
You can support Sojourner Center and benefit from the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. Here is how it works: File your Arizona tax return, attach Form 321 and receive dollar-for-dollar credit on your taxes for your donation up to $400* (filing single return) or $800* (filing a joint return)
Become a Sustaining Donor
Our sustaining donors are committed supporters of the work of Sojourner Center, who agree to donate on a recurring basis via automated credit card transactions or monthly contributions. As a sustaining donor, your contributions will not only provide shelter and basic necessities, but also the much-needed support services that women and children need to overcome the impact of the violence they have experienced. For more information about the option of becoming a sustaining donor, please contact Katie Jensen at email@example.com or 602.296.3354
Many of our supporters choose to remember Sojourner Center in their estate plan. A planned gift is a meaningful way to continue your support for, Sojourner Center, far into the future while also providing tax and other benefits to you and your estate. Planned gifts can be made from your estate in a variety of ways. Gifts of cash, stocks and securities, a charitable gift annuity, a trust, life insurance and retirement assets are just a few options to leave a lasting legacy.
We encourage you to seek professional advice to determine the plan best suited for the needs of you and your loved ones. If you have already included Sojourner Center in your estate plan, please let us know about your gift so that we can express our gratitude. Please contact the Advancement Office at 602.296.3339 for more information about planned giving options.
Corporate Matching Gifts and Volunteer Service Recognition
Does your employer have a matching gifts program? Many companies match employees’ charitable contributions with a gift that follows their designation. These programs are an excellent way to maximize your gifts in support of Sojourner Center’s pioneering work to break the cycle of domestic violence. Some 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer matching gift programs, as do thousands of smaller companies. Additionally, your company may recognize your volunteer service with a charitable gift. Please contact your employer and let them know of your interest in working with them to support the Sojourner Center. You may also contact Melissa DiCesare at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602.296.3346 for more details about this option.
Corporate Giving and Partnership
Sojourner Center is proud to be supported by visionary and dedicated partners in the corporate sector. Sojourner Center believes that dedicated companies can take a leadership role in fostering a stronger community. If you are an officer of a corporation who sees the value of a partnership with Sojourner Center, please contact Melissa DiCesare at email@example.com or 602-296-3346. Our team can arrange for a corporate tour of Sojourner Center’s shelter and facilities, and help you learn more about how your company can help create a world free of domestic violence. Take a stand to help us transform the lives of the over 8,000 individuals we support who are impacted by domestic violence each year.
Give Back When You Shop
Support Sojourner Center when you shop! Many online and community merchants will reward your purchases with a donation to Sojourner Center. Read about some of these options by clicking here for a full list of our community programs. For more information about becoming a community partner in support of Sojourner Center please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-296-3346.
IRA Charitable Rollover Law Extended for 2015
If you are over the age of 70½, the new tax law may provide special solutions and opportunities for you as the popular Charitable IRA rollover has been extended for 2015.
What you need to know:
Any amount may be transferred, but the maximum amount of an IRA charitable rollover transfer is $100,000 per person for 2015.
Using an IRA rollover may also allow you to contribute more than usual in a single tax year. Donors who itemize their taxes are prohibited from deducting more than 50 percent of their adjusted gross income (AGI) for the purpose of making charitable donations. However, transfers from an IRA are excluded from the percentage limit, allowing individuals who have reached the 50 percent threshold to give more.
Only transfer gifts from Traditional IRAs or Roth IRAs can be made. However, funds held in a 401k or 403b or similar account can be converted to an IRA account and then make the charitable transfer can be made.
The administrator or custodian of the IRA must make the check payable directly to Sojourner Center. The distribution cannot be made directly by you, the IRA holder, to Sojourner Center. The funds have to be transferred directly from your IRA account to Sojourner Center.
There is NO charitable deduction for this type of gift. However, the transfer can count towards your required minimum annual distribution. The donor gets no deduction, but neither does he or she have to report the payouts as income.
It must be an outright gift – it cannot be to a charitable remainder trust, gift annuity, donor advised fund, or supporting organization.
To make sure that your transfer gift is directed to the right account, please notify Teri Hauser at Sojourner Center of your intention to make a transfer. We will need the name of your IRA custodian and the amount that you will be having them transfer to us.
For more information, please contact Teri Hauser at 602-296-3339 or via email at email@example.com.
“I am filled with hope that Sojourner Center’s expanded visions will finally offer to all impacted by domestic violence what they most yearn for: solutions, sensitivity, resources and hope.”