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Donating stock is a wonderful way to help Dreams Can Be Foundation (DCBF) fund programs and to ensure continuity and, in some cases, donations help provide for one time large expenses that often go neglected and that can sometimes mean an increase in the amount of children a program can support or the offering of additional services. Whether your portfolio performance was above market averages or even if you had a decline in your portfolio value, donating stock to DCBF is a wise investment in the futures of Brazil’s impoverished youth.
Save Lives — and Taxes — With Appreciated Stock
If you have stock that you have owned for more than one year, and it has appreciated since you purchased it, you can save on the capital gains tax you would owe if you sold it yourself by donating the stock to DCBF. And since DCBF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, you will be entitled to an income tax deduction for the full current market value of your gift, to the extent allowed by law.
Here is an example: Ms. R. Amiga purchased 100 shares of ABC stock three years ago at $50 per share or $5,000. This stock is now worth $100 per share, or $10,000. If Ms. Amiga sold the stock, she would pay capital gains taxes on the $5,000 of appreciation. If Ms. Amiga donates the stock to DCBF, she is entitled to a charitable deduction of $10,000 from her taxes and pays no capital gains tax.
Plus, you can deduct stock donations equal to an amount of up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income, and any excess deductible amount can be carried over for as long as five years to offset income or capital gains taxes.
How to Provide for Brazil’s Children — and Your Investment Portfolio
Another option for using your “long-term” appreciated stock to aid Brazil’s impoverished youth is to donate the stock to DCBF and then repurchase the shares on the market, or diversify your assets by purchasing securities of an equal value in different sectors and industries. Not only will you be able to claim a charitable deduction for the full fair-market value of your gift, you will also minimize any capital gains tax when you eventually sell the replacement shares.
Here is an example: Ms. R. Amiga purchased 1,000 shares of XYZ stock three years ago for $3,000. The stock has a current value of $44,000. She donates the 1,000 shares to DCBF and is thereby able to claim a charitable deduction for the full fair-market value of $44,000 while avoiding capital gains taxes on the profit of $41,000.
Ms. Amiga then buys 1,000 shares of XYZ stock for $44,000. If, after holding the replacement shares for more than one year, Ms. Amiga decides to sell out and the shares are then worth $50,000, she would pay capital gains taxes on only the $6,000 of profit garnered by the replacement shares rather than the $47,000 of profit that she has made overall on the XYZ stock. The other $41,000 of profit is never taxed.
How to Turn a Stock Market Loss into a Win
If you took a loss in the stock market, you can still help DCBF’s projects in their aid of street children! By selling stock at a loss and then making a donation to DCBF of the same amount of money that the stock was sold for, you can do the following:
Claim a charitable deduction for the gift.
Deduct the stock's decrease in value from your other income, thereby reducing the taxes you pay.
You can deduct up to $1,500 if you are single and $3,000 if you are married, but any amount of loss above that can be carried over to future years until completely deducted.
Here’s an example: Ms. R. Amiga purchased 100 shares of XYZ stock three years ago at $50 per share or $5,000, but it’s now worth only $20 per share or $2,000. Ms. Amiga doesn’t expect the value of the stock to go up anytime soon. If Ms. Amiga were to donate the depreciated stock to DCBF, she could claim a $2,000 deduction. But if Ms. Amiga sells the stock and donates the $2,000 value to DCBF, she can also claim a $3,000 capital loss deduction ($30 loss per share x 100 shares). Assuming that she has no capital gains, she would be able to deduct $1,500 from her income this year (if she is married and filing jointly, she could deduct the complete $3,000) and carry over the remaining $1,500 capital loss to deduct from income or capital gains in future years
For More Information
As always, we suggest that you consult with your independent financial, tax, or legal advisor for specific help with your particular situation, as DCBF does not provide financial, tax, or legal advice. But if you would like more information about the various ways that your stock holdings can be used before year’s end to benefit the Brazil’s impoverished youth—and you—please contact
, Director of Development, at 814-255-4379, or
WORKPLACE GIVING / MATCHING FUNDS
The funds that Dreams Can Be Foundation (DCBF) receives from workplace contributions do make a difference—a huge difference! If you are a federal or state government employee, or if your company conducts its own giving campaign, then designating DCBF to receive your workplace contributions is another important way that you can help us to save the lives of Brazil’s at-risk youth.
If you are a federal employee, you can participate in the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which runs from September 1 through December 15 each year. Dreams Can Be Foundation can be easily located with our CFC# 12508 or through the Latin America Fund Inc. (CFC # 10893) with whom we are affiliated.
Employee workplace-giving fund drive
If you are an employee of a company that conducts its own employee workplace-giving fund drive, you may be able to double or even triple the impact of your gift. In order to encourage charitable giving, the companies will often "match" your gift-thereby doubling your gift for street children. Some will even "double-match" your donations to triple the impact of your original donation. Please check with the human resources director of your company to make sure that DCBF is included in your company's campaign. If DCBF is not, please request an application for DCBF or call us at the number below so that we can apply to be included in your campaign.
Contributing does not mean only giving money away. It is equally important to give time and expertise. We gladly welcome professionals and university students who are interested in offering us their services and knowledge, both in the
If you have the skills and time to offer, think about becoming a Dreams Can Be Intern or Volunteer .
Interns are recruited for our
We are a small staff and generally can use the expertise of both undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of roles in our office.
Interns should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable, with a genuine interest in helping Dreams Can Be achieve its mission of aiding at-risk youth in
Intern Responsibilities: Intern responsibilities are commensurate with individual skills and experience. In the past, interns have worked with us to develop our communications plan, created the research section of our website, helped us strengthen donor relations, assisted our development director with a variety of fundraising tasks, worked on special events, performed general office help tasks, elaborated and disseminated information about the projects we support, and translated information from Portuguese to English. In the case that the intern has special skills to offer Dreams Can Be, we try to center the intern’s responsibilities around those skills.
We currently have a strong desire for an intern who can help us to be more efficient with our use of the technology we have in the office (including our databases). We also have a need for someone with social program/project expertise who would be interested in overhauling our project evaluation systems.
We allow interns to divide their time working in our office and with one or more of the social projects that we support. For more information on working with a project, please read the information in the Volunteer Section below.
Reimbursement: All internships at Dreams Can Be Foundation are UNPAID. Academic credit and/or funding may be sought through your University or academic program.
Accommodation and Personal Expenses:
The intern is responsible for all personal expenses during the internship, as well as for securing housing in
If you are an international intern, please be aware that you may need a visa to enter
Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to:
email@example.com with the subject heading "Intern Application"
ATTN: Internship Coordinator
Dreams Can Be Foundation
Rua Rainha Guilhermina, 90/502
Fill out our online application form.
Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round and positions are offered to qualified applicants when space allows.
Further Information: After reading the information on our website, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Internship Inquiry” and we will address your interests and concerns on an individual basis.
Volunteers are recruited to work with the social projects that we support in
I. The volunteer must present his or her ideas for a volunteer project to the program and/or work with the program to develop a project. We strongly urge that you read the descriptions of the projects on our website (click the How We Build Dreams link on the left and then the Projects We Support link) and ask us about the specific needs of your desired program in order to create the most effective project.
II. The programs that receive volunteers generally do not have additional financial resources, materials, or time. It is important for the volunteer to be aware of this situation and for him or her to be flexible and proactive as to serve the program to the best of his or her ability.
III. The volunteer needs to be responsible and able to make a commitment to the project. Tardiness and unexcused absences are not permitted, unless the volunteer contacts the program beforehand.
IV. The volunteer should prepare his or her work before arriving at the program. He or she should continually evaluate his or her work throughout the period of volunteering and make any necessary changes.
V. The volunteer should become familiar with the objectives, methodologies and rules of the institution before arriving and be prepared to follow them.
VI. The volunteer must pay for all personal expenses during the volunteer period, including costs for food, lodging, and transportation.
Accommodation and Personal Expenses:
The volunteer is responsible for all personal expenses during the volunteer period, as well as for securing housing in
If you are an international volunteer, please be aware that you may need a visa to enter
If you have the skills and time to help our office or projects in
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