Every day, DePaul opens doors to over 700 individuals and families. A door may be opened to a child who is looking for his forever home, or to an adult with a disability who wants to express herself in the arts at one of our day support centers. Opening the door easy—yet ensuring that each individual can enter through that door takes a professional, caring staff providing additional resources to create a sense of hope and belonging. This “added care” is only possible through the generous support of our donors, including caring individuals and families, corporate sponsors and foundations, and dedicated board and staff members.
Help us open doors today by investing in the people in our community who need a voice. Let them hear your voice so they know you care.
How to Give
Monthly Giving Program
Enjoy the ease and convenience of being a monthly donor while providing ongoing support and stability for our work. Donate online and select “show my support by making this a recurring donation.” Your gift will be automatically charged to your credit card monthly on the date of your choice. You are able to adjust your giving level and may cancel your commitment at any time.
Donors may pledge a gift and spread payments over a period of up to five years.
Bridge to Hope Fund
You can help us say YES when everyone else has said no. In late 2020, the Hughes Philanthropic Society recognized the barriers children, teens, and families face to accessing the essential services and support they need to heal and thrive, and generously donated $15,000 to help us say yes when everyone else has said no. Now, four months later, the fund is nearly depleted. You can help us continue to say YES by donating to help bridge the financial gap for children, teens, families, and individuals with disabilities who are at a crossroads in their lives. Click here to learn more about the Bridge to Hope Fund.
Gifts of Stock and Securities
Giving stock or securities that have been held more than 12 months offers a two-fold tax savings: a tax-deduction for the full fair market value of the stock/security on the date of the gift, and capital gains can be avoided.
Make a one-time gift by donating online or mailing your check to: DePaul Community Resources, Attn: Development, 5650 Hollins Road, Roanoke, VA 24019.
Your gift to DePaul may have an even greater impact if your employer offers a matching gift program. Contact your company representative to see if your employer matches charitable donations. Check with your spouse’s employer as well.
Make traditional gift-giving occasions particularly meaningful by helping children in foster care, adoption, and those with developmental disabilities have healthier, happier futures. Whether it is Mother’s/Father’s Day, a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or other occasion, consider honoring someone special in your life with a donation to DePaul in their honor or ask those who are celebrating with you to give a donation to DePaul in your honor in lieu of gifts. All tribute gifts will be acknowledged through a personalized celebration card to the honoree.
It’s simple to host a Facebook fundraiser to benefit DePaul. Click “Fundraisers” in the left menu of your News Feed on Facebook, then click “Raise Money.” Select DePaul Community Resources as your Nonprofit/Charity. Next, select a cover photo, fill in the fundraiser details, and then click “Create.”
Honor the memory of your loved one by making a gift in their name. All memorial gifts will be acknowledged through a personal note to the family of your loved one.
Check with your employer to see if they offer the option of donating to a charity through convenience of payroll deduction.
IRA and Pension Plan Charitable Giving
For Individual Retirement Account (IRA) owners, a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a distribution from an IRA made directly to an eligible charity, bypassing the owner of the account. Owners of individual retirement accounts who are at least age 70 1/2 can contribute some or all of their IRAs to charity. An IRA charitable distribution may fulfill part or all of your required minimum distribution (RMD), helping your tax situation as long as certain rules are met.
Planned gifts to DePaul’s legacy program—known as the Heart and Home Society—allows members’ philanthropy to continue beyond their lifetimes. Planned gifts are typically made through will or estate plans, life insurance policies, or retirement plans to benefit DePaul after one’s passing. You can structure your gift to maximize its benefits in a way that is most meaningful to you, your loved ones, and DePaul. Click here to learn more about the Heart and Home Society.
A charitable bequest is the most common type of legacy gift. As a donor, you are able to direct an executor or trustee to make a gift to DePaul through a will or trust. You maintain complete control over the assets during your lifetime, and you can change your instructions for their ultimate distribution at any time. A bequest showcases your values to your heirs and can reduce the amount of your taxable estate, which may increase the actual amount available to loved ones.
Life Insurance Policy
A life insurance policy can become a powerful and simple way to support our work. You can name DePaul as a beneficiary for a percentage or a specified amount of the policy, or you can make DePaul a contingent beneficiary. Donating a policy outright is another strategy for creating a significant impact on our work.
This is a trust that you establish by transferring assets into a trust and donating a stream of income from the assets to a charitable organization each year. Charitable trusts can be funded during one’s lifetime or as part of an estate plan.
Retirement or Pension Plan
You can designate DePaul as a beneficiary of your retirement or pension plan. Depending on your tax situation, your plan assets can be transferred to DePaul tax-free and your heirs may be able to avoid income tax on the distribution from your plan. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, DePaul will pay no taxes on the proceeds and will have more funds to fulfill a mission that is near and dear to your heart.
When you volunteer for DePaul at the Daleville Summer Concert Series or First Fridays at Five, it raises money for our mission. There are also opportunities to volunteer throughout the year at holiday parties, celebrations, and other events.
Donate an item from our current wish lists. Providing wish list items is a great way to support DePaul and help our families.
Gifts In Kind
Also referred to as in-kind donations, this is a type of charitable giving in which, instead of giving money to buy needed goods and services, the goods and services themselves are given.
Sponsorship of DePaul’s Annual Donor Appreciation Brunch
DePaul’s Donor Appreciation Brunch celebrates our donors who have made hope and belonging possible for children, teens, and families in the child welfare system and individuals with developmental disabilities. DePaul invites organizations and partners to consider supporting the brunch as sponsors who, in return, receive benefits for their sponsorships.
Gifts through United Way
United Way giving allows you to specify DePaul as your designee for gifts. Please note most United Way organizations do retain between four to 14% of your donation as an administrative processing expense.
We are happy to meet with you privately to discuss how any of our giving programs may work given your situation. With any charitable planned giving, you should always consult with your financial advisor or tax consultant to maximize any possible tax benefit.