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Partnering with the Phoenix Center
The Phoenix Center relies on the generosity of corporations, local businesses, foundations and private individuals to supplement its wide range of programs and services for its students and their families with disabilities. While The Phoenix Center receives public support from the school districts that place students at the Center, it must supplement the tuition these school districts provide due to the increasing costs of special education programs and budget constraints of sending school districts. In addition, there is a need for funding for special programs and services and required capital improvements for which tuition may not be applied.
Through the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc., the fundraising arm of the school, the Phoenix Center is able to provide the cutting-edge programs and individualized attention that make the Phoenix Center so special. Click here to email us questions about supporting The Phoenix Center.
Ways to Give
Throughout the year, through the Annual Fund, the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc. raises funds for the Phoenix Center. Parents, friends, members of the community and staff provide ongoing financial support for the programs and services at the Phoenix Center. Your annual gift provides the Phoenix Center with an income that can be used for special services, equipment and projects for our special needs program.
A significant way to honor, recognize or remember a relative, friend or associate is through an Honor/Memorial Gift to the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc.. To make an Honor/Memorial gift, please click here to download form.
CORPORATE GIVING/MATCHING GIFTS
Many corporations have a matching gift program where they will match your gift to a charitable institution like the Phoenix Center. This match can double or triple the amount of your gift. If you or your spouse work for a matching gift company, please consider having your gift matched by the employer. Donors are encouraged to investigate the availability of this program with their employer. Be sure to contact your employer and its human resources department to verify their matching gifts policies and to obtain a form. Once you have access to your company´s matching gift form, whether it is paper or electronic, please complete the form in its entirety according to your employer´s guidelines and send it to the Phoenix Center at the following address.
Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc.
PLANNED GIVING: DO MORE WITH YOUR RESOURCES
A bequest is made in a will. By making a gift through your will or living trust you will provide support for future Phoenix Center students and programs.
To make a bequest gift to the Phoenix Center, we suggest that you use the following language in your will or living trust:
I hereby give, devise and bequeath (dollar amount, percentage of estate or residuary) to the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc., Nutley, New Jersey, for general purposes of the Phoenix Center.
You may have the opportunity to support the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc. through unpaid benefits from your retirement fund, such as an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), 401 (k), 403 (k) , 403 (b), Keogh and other retirement savings plans. You can significantly reduce your estate and income tax burden by designating the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc. as a beneficiary of your retirement plan.
To designate the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc. as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, complete the beneficiary section of your initial account application or request a change of beneficiary from your retirement plan. Note as beneficiary of the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc., Nutley, New Jersey.
Charitable Trusts allow you to create a significant gift for charity and to enjoy income for yourself or loved ones, while turning your assets over to a trustee, often a bank, to manage. Charitable trusts offer significant financial benefits such as growing assets or providing estate tax deductions while avoiding capital gains tax.
Establishing a charitable lead trust will provide income to a charity for a designated number of years. After the specified period, the trust principal is then returned to the donor or, typically, to family members.
Alternatively, charitable remainder trusts allow a donor to receive current income for a specified number of years and later, transfer the remaining amount to charity.
To establish a trust, you will need to work closely with an attorney and a trustee.
Life insurance that you no longer need for your family´s security may be given to the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc. You may contribute a new or existing policy by naming the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc. first, second, or final beneficiary of all or a portion of the proceeds. If you name the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc. as an irrevocable owner and beneficiary, you may be allowed to claim an immediate income tax deduction for the cash value of the policy.
To designate the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc. as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, request a beneficiary form from your insurance carrier. In the beneficiary section, note the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc., Nutley, New Jersey.
CORPORATIONS AND FOUNDATIONS
The Phoenix Center has a growing base of support from corporations, foundations and private organizations. These groups support our efforts and share a strong commitment to providing the best possible learning environment for our students with disabilities.
We are always interested in expanding existing relationships as well as creating new ones.
Foundations consistently support the Phoenix Center and the Friends at the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc. because they know their dollars will be used wisely to improve our facilities and the quality of programs for our students. The positive impact foundations, corporations and private organizations have on our Center is invaluable.
It is always helpful for the Phoenix Center to be introduced to decision makers at corporations and foundations who value our commitment and dedication to serving students with disabilities. If you are in a position to facilitate such an introduction, please contact Geraldine Gibbia by telephone at 973-(973) 542-0743 or click here .