5 Easy Ways to Support LBBC

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April 1, 2017
By: 
Mary Beth Mills, MS, Associate Director, Annual Giving

The programs and services Living Beyond Breast Cancer provides to over 500,000 people each year are made possible through the generous donations of individuals and organizations. Each year LBBC must raise over 90 percent of its annual operating budget to continue our mission of connecting people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.

Maybe you or someone you care for has attended a conference, participated in a monthly webinar, read our award-winning blog, downloaded a brochure or spoken with a volunteer on the Breast Cancer Helpline. These programs, and others, are available because of donations.

“Contributions from individuals, particularly donors who give every year, are so important in helping support our services,” says Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP, CEO of LBBC. “They also show the passion people have for our mission of creating a world where no one impacted by breast cancer feels uninformed or alone. However you choose to give, know that your gift is deeply appreciated.” 

There are several ways you can donate to LBBC in addition to mailing a check or making a credit card gift online.

Make a Gift of Securities

You can transfer appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares you have owned for more than 1 year to LBBC. Gifts of stock that have appreciated provide an excellent means of helping LBBC while improving your tax picture. You receive an immediate income tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities on the date of transfer. You pay no capital gains tax on the transfer when the stock is sold by LBBC.

Donating mutual funds has some of the same benefits as donating stocks. Shares of mutual funds will be credited at the net asset value of the shares on the gift date. We suggest you talk about these types of gifts with your tax preparation professional.

Participate in Workplace Giving

This is an easy and efficient way to make tax-deductible donations to LBBC. Your employer may offer the choice to have gifts taken directly from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis.

If your employer supports the United Way, you can designate LBBC to receive your payroll deduction by asking your human resources or payroll department for a Donor Designated Funds Form.

If you live in the Delaware Valley and your employer participates in the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s Donor Choice Program, use code 10172 for LBBC. If you live outside the Delaware Valley simply contact your local United Way and provide LBBC’s EIN # (23-2734689) and address (40 Monument Road, Suite 104, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004) to designate your gift.

Federal government employees can donate to LBBC through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1 to December 15) can designate monthly support by using LBBC’s giving code of 78012.

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to give to charity. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Ask your human resources or payroll department if this is an option to increase the impact of your gift.

Make a Legacy Gift

You can also provide for LBBC while planning your estate. A simple way is a gift in your will or living trust, known as a charitable bequest. You can indicate a specific amount or a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate or trust.

If you already have a will, a codicil may be all that’s needed to include LBBC in your estate plan. A codicil is a document that makes specific, limited amendments to your existing will, but leaves all other provisions unchanged. By including a bequest to LBBC in your will or living trust, you are ensuring that we can continue our mission for years to come.

There are several other planned giving options including charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. We encourage you to include family members and financial advisors in customizing your plans if you would like to support LBBC with a legacy gift.

Shop to Support

Corporate partners donate a percentage from the sale of certain items back to LBBC. To find items that support LBBC, please visit lbbc.org/how-you-can-help/shop-support.

Plan a DIY Event

Host a party, start a virtual campaign or take on your own personal challenge. There are endless ways to get involved. Creating a DIY (Do It Yourself) event is an easy and fun way to use your talents to support LBBC. The event organizer usually donates all or a portion of the event proceeds to LBBC. The organizer plans the logistics of the event, working with LBBC’s event team to maximize results. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting the organization in this way.

No matter how you choose to support the mission of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, please know your donation immediately helps someone affected by breast cancer.   

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