The Tri-County Office on Aging relies on community support to help provide vital services to seniors and adults with disabilities. Programs such as Meals on Wheels, Crisis Services for the Elderly and the Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) help seniors and persons with disabilities live with dignity in their own homes for as long as possible. Quality of life and providing choice and access to services for seniors and persons with disabilities is so important. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to The Tri-County Office on Aging and become a Champion For Independence!
One time and recurring gifts of any amount are welcome. Donations can also be made in honor of or in memory of someone. Please click the donate now button to support TCOA.
You may also mail a check, payable to Tri-County Office on Aging, to our office at the address below. If you would like to designate your gift to a specific program (i.e. Meals on Wheels or Crisis Services,) please include the program in the memo line.
Tri-County Office on Aging
5303 S. Cedar St., Bldg. 1
Lansing, MI 48911
Are you familiar with matching gift programs? Your employer or the institution you bank with may participate in one. Corporate match programs help nonprofits, like TCOA, by matching charitable contributions from people like you, and/or donating to the organizations where their employees volunteer.
What this means is that your donation may be worth up to twice as much, or more! Giving ratios vary among companies, but they may range from fifty cents for every dollar up to a 2:1 match. Or, if you are volunteering with Meals on Wheels or another program at TCOA, a match program may give financial donations to TCOA for the time you dedicate to helping seniors.
How can you help TCOA take advantage of matching gift programs? It all starts with a conversation. Ask your bank, credit union, or financial institution if they have a charitable match program or a volunteer match program. Ask your employer, too. If they do, let them know you are interested in having the Tri-County Office on Aging be considered for a match. TCOA is happy to help if they need more information on our nonprofit status or other eligibility guidelines. And if they do not have a match program, you may be able to suggest they consider a match for your favorite charity. Even if a business does not have a formal match program in place, many are happy to consider match requests from their customers and employees.
TCOA is grateful for the local support that area businesses and individuals provide. Matching gift programs help to harness the power of both by combining individual altruism with corporate support. If you would like to know more about the concept of matching gifts and how TCOA has benefited from them, please feel free to give us a call at 517-887-1377.
Other Giving Options
Qualified Charitable Distributions
Generally, a qualified charitable distribution is an otherwise taxable distribution from an IRA (other than an ongoing SEP or SIMPLE IRA) owned by an individual who is age 70½ or over that is paid directly from the IRA to a qualified charity, including TCOA. Qualified charitable distributions can satisfy all or part the amount of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA. RMDs must be taken each year beginning with the year you turn age 72 (70 ½ if you turned 70 ½ in 2019.)
For more information, please speak to a financial advisor and/or visit the IRS Website.
We are actively encouraging our friends to consider a bequest to the Tri-County Office on Aging. Including Tri-County Office on Aging in your estate plans by will or by a codicil to an existing will is a lasting legacy. You can also have your legal representative use the sample language provided below covering the four most common types of bequest.
The following language may be used to establish a bequest by will, or to create a codicil to an existing will to benefit Tri-County Office on Aging.
Type #1. (Specific Dollar Amount Bequest)
I hereby bequeath ($ insert dollar amount here) from my estate to Tri-County Office on Aging located at 5303 S. Cedar Street, Building 1, Lansing, Michigan 48911 – to be used for their general charitable work.
Type #2. (Percentage Bequest)
I hereby bequeath (insert percentage here %) of my estate to Tri-County Office on Aging located at 5303 S. Cedar Street, Building 1, Lansing, Michigan 48911 – to be used for their general charitable work.
Type #3. (Rest and Residual Bequest)
I hereby bequeath the rest and residual from my estate after all bequests and obligations to Tri-County Office on Aging located at: 5303 S. Cedar Street, Building 1, Lansing, MI 48911 – to be used for their general charitable work.
Type #4. (Specific Real Property Bequest)
I hereby bequeath the following real property (insert property description here) from my estate to Tri-County Office on Aging located at: 5303 S. Cedar Street, Building 1, Lansing, MI 48911 – to be used for their general charitable work.
*The above is not intended as legal counsel. You must consult your legal advisor to establish a will and or bequest to benefit Tri-County Office on Aging
The Tri-County Office on Aging’s Endowment Fund at the Capital Region Community Foundation ensures contributions will benefit the agency over time, thus giving donors the most advantageous treatment possible. For more information contact the Capital Region Community Foundation.
Many thoughtful donors review their stock portfolio periodically to make gifts, selecting appreciated stocks (held for over one year) which have increased in value the most. These individuals give stock instead of cash because they have discovered the prudent stewardship, value, and enjoyment of maximizing their giving power.
Why Donate Stock?
A gift of stock may be donated at its current full fair market value. This means the donor receives a charitable income tax deduction credit based upon the stock’s current full fair market value, not the purchase price. The donor bypasses paying the capital gains tax due and maximizes their gift. In addition, the stock donor may deduct up to 30% of their adjusted gross income (AGI) in the year of the gift, with a five-year carry over for any unused portion of the deduction.
For example, you have a stock which you purchased at $15.35 a share, it is now valued at 48.50 a share; the $33.14 gain per share on this stock would be subject to federal capital gains taxation if you sold it.
How Do I Donate Stock?
To receive a charitable income tax deduction the gift of stock must be transferred directly to a non-profit organization. Do not sell it! You can do this for Tri-County Office on Aging by contacting TCOA at 517-887-1377.
Donations aren’t always of monetary value! If you want to donate some of your time to help TCOA, please look at the various volunteer opportunities here.