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Donate to Tempe non-profits by April 15 for tax credits

Post Date:03/16/2017 6:00 PM

Kris Baxter-Ging
City of Tempe
Public Information Officer 
480 858-2059 

Your donation to a Tempe charity can get you a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your Arizona taxes and, for the first time, you can count your 2017 donation on your 2016 state return -- as long as you donate before April 15.

Taxpayers may claim up to $400 per person; $800 per couple tax credit for contributions made to a Qualifying Charitable Organization (QCO). Here is a complete list:

The separate tax credits for contributions to Qualifying Foster Care Organizations (QCFO) are higher: $500 per person; $1000 per couple. Here is a complete list:

Here are the details on tax credits:

Give Locally:
For those who would like to support Tempe-based charities, here are a few of the many that qualify: 

QC Organizations in Tempe

Tempe Community Action Agency
TCAA operates a food pantry, three senior centers, aging programs, the Tempe Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP), pre- and post-natal services, two community gardens, and other projects and programs that serve Tempe’s most vulnerable residents.

Blankets 4 Kids
This group provides comforting blankets and quilts to seriously ill and traumatized children in our community.

Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley
Tempe has two Boys and Girls Clubs: North Tempe and the Ladmo branch. Many children have no adult supervision after school. Studies have shown the hours between 3 and 8pm are the hours most kids are likely to get into trouble. The Clubs provide an alternative with stimulating activities that build character, self-esteem, and skills.

Down Syndrome Network of Arizona
This organization provides education, support, and advocacy for those impacted by Down Syndrome, connecting individuals and families with needed resources and information.

Higher Octave Healing
Higher Octave Healing is a collective of board-certified music therapists who address the cognitive, social, physical, emotional, psychological, neurological, and sensory needs of those with developmental disabilities, brain injuries and more.

Sage Foundation at Southwest Center for Naturopathic Medicine
The Sage Foundation provides health care to disadvantaged families and children with care at community clinics across Maricopa County operated by Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences.

KJZZ’s youth media center is an innovative educational outreach initiative aimed at low-income and at-risk high school students ages 14-18. The free in-school and after school programs and summer camps provide mentoring and instruction in multimedia production with hands-on training in digital photography, video and audio production, and social media.

QFC Organizations in Tempe

Arizonans for Children
This organization improves the lives of the abused, abandoned and neglected children in foster care. They host activities, offer mentoring, advocate for foster children and more.

New Horizon Youth Homes
New Horizons offers an array of programs and services for at-risk youth ranging from anger management, stress management, addressing depression and anxiety, issues of grief and loss, trauma, substance abuse, and strained family relationships.