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Imagine the smiling faces of an older adult and their volunteer match enjoying time visiting a museum, walking outdoors, or sharing their day over a cup of tea. Think of the joy of a pair of friends fishing, listening to an outdoor concert, enjoying the unconditional love of a pet, or leaving a doctor’s appointment. 

These moments and these matches are made possible by your gift; your caring; your belief in our mission to reduce elder isolation. Your gift allows us to make thoughtful matches for meaningful interaction.

“No one should be alone that doesn’t choose to be.” 

Janet Seckel-Cerrotti

FriendshipWorks Executive Director since 1984

 

Over 65% of our funding comes from individual supporters like you. Your investment supports our work to end elder isolation! 

“I can see my dollars at work, making a difference in people’s lives.”

FriendshipWorks Supporter

We understand making a gift is a personal choice. Below, you can read more about the many options for helping FriendshipWorks enrich the lives of older adults. For questions on the options below, please contact our Director of Development and Communications, Patty Catalano, by email at pcatalano@fw4elders.org or by phone at (617) 482-1510 X124.   

Gifts in Honor or in Memory:  Gifts can be made in honor or in memory of someone special or important in your life, and can also be made to commemorate special occasions. You can also request that gifts to FriendshipWorks be made in your name for any occasion.

Corporate Matching Gifts: Does your employer offer matching funds for charitable donations? Many companies will match your gift dollar for dollar—ask your human resources department, as different companies have different deadlines by which to participate. It’s an easy way to increase your support for the important work we do!

Workplace Giving Programs: We welcome being included in your company’s workplace charitable giving campaigns.  This is an easy way for companies and their employees to support FriendshipWorks through automatic payroll deductions, or via check or credit card. 

Best Funding Friend (BFF): Recurring Monthly Giving Program — A great (and painless!) way to help. You decide on a recurring monthly gift amount, which is automatically charged to your credit or debit card — you don’t have to think about it again after it is set up.

Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds: Make your contribution go further and take advantage of tax benefits by donating stocks, bonds, or mutual funds to FriendshipWorks. Your gift will support our mission while avoiding capital gains tax on the appreciation of your stock.  Doing so may allow us to receive a larger donation while saving you money on your taxes. 

Donor-Advised Funds (DAF): Give through your donor-advised fund to maximize the impact of your generosity.  Your fund sponsor (local community foundations; investments companies like Fidelity, Schwab, or Vanguard; and other select nonprofits) handles all record-keeping, disbursements, and tax receipts.  You can find us on your donor-advised fund sponsor’s list of charities as FriendshipWorks.  You can also find us through our tax ID #04-3140541.

Planned Giving: Planned gifts provide vital support for our organization as well as immediate or deferred tax benefits.  Planned gifts create extraordinary opportunities for FriendshipWorks and preserve our future.  There are many easy giving options, ranging from naming our organization as a beneficiary in your will to more complex trust arrangements. Please consult with your estate planning attorney to determine the right plan to achieve your goals.

Download a Legacy form here.

Examples of easy and tax-efficient planned gift options include:

Gifts by Will or Living Trust: Leave a bequest to FriendshipWorks of a set amount or as a percentage of your estate; you can also gift from the balance or residue of your estate or make a beneficiary designation of certain assets.  Benefits of leaving a bequest include (1) leaving a lasting legacy to be remembered, (2) lessening the burden of taxes on your family, and (3) possibly receiving estate tax savings.

Gifts of Retirement Plans: Name FriendshipWorks as a beneficiary of your retirement plans; your retirement plan may be worth more when donated to FriendshipWorks than to your heirs.

IRA Distributions: If you or a family member are 70 ½ or older with an individual retirement account (IRA), you can make a tax-free gift to FriendshipWorks directly from your IRA, reducing your taxable income.  This is called a qualified charitable distribution.

Gifts of Life Insurance: Name FriendshipWorks as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy; this is a wonderful way to make a special gift to FriendshipWorks without dipping into your capital assets.

Life Income Gifts: Earn income for yourself or beneficiaries when you create a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) or Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) to benefit FriendshipWorks.

We understand making a gift is a personal choice and that you may have some options to do so. Below, you can read more about the many options for helping FriendshipWorks enrich the lives of older adults. Our Director of Development and Communications, Patty Catalano is happy to speak with you and discuss these options or answer any question you may have. Please feel free to contact her at: pcatalano@fw4elders.org.

Learn more about the impact of your gift

Your support is needed, now and throughout the year. Your donation is a gift of friendship to an isolated older adult who needs a warm smile, a conversation, or a helping hand. THANK YOU for helping to build connections that reduce isolation and create stronger communities!

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