#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back– to our neighbors, community, nation, and the world. On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, people around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate, express, and encourage generosity. It is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.

● People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesday—whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of kindness counts. 

● At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. 

● #GivingTuesday emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing. 

● We all have gifts to give, and with social media, online giving, delivery, mail, and phones, there are limitless ways to share your generosity and help support others.

 

In March 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was made into law. The purpose of the Act was to help the economy and struggling Americans during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Among the permanent measures, the Act enables those who are taking the standard tax deduction to deduct an additional $300 of charitable giving if they do not itemize. This provision is called a “Qualified Charitable Contribution” and applies to “taxable years beginning in 2020”.

 

The Act requires that qualified charitable contributions be made in directly to the charity via cash/check/credit card to qualify. This means that, sadly, you cannot give appreciated stock nor can you donate to a donor advised fund.

 

St. Francis Church welcomes any donations by cash/check or via our website's Donate Now button St. Francis relies on donations to further the mission of the church and to support our outreach programs that help our church, our community and the world.  

 

“All things come from thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given”