How to Help
Financial Gifts

SMA is considered by many in the scientific community the genetic disease closest to a cure, and the gateway to significant breakthroughs in genetic research. Unfortunately, these breakthroughs have been slow to come due to the small amount of funding invested in SMA projects. With your financial investment in our work we can raise the bar on SMA research, and bring about a cure for families and children fighting for a chance at a normal life.

There are several financial options for donors. This list will give you some ideas you may not have thought of. We want to help you find a way to feel good about investing your money, not just for profit alone, but in the lives of our children, now and in the future.

GIFTS OF STOCK
If you own stock, transfers to the Hope and Light Foundation can potentially have more tax benefits than cash alone. Contributions of stock allow the donor a tax deduction for the full value of the stock without paying capital gains on the sale of the stock.

HONORARIUMS AND MEMORIAMS
Any gift can be made in memory or in honor of a loved one. Acknowledgements are sent to the person being honored and the respective individual is recognized in the annual report of the foundation.

MATCHING GIFTS
Many companies offer matching gift programs for approved charities, and through these programs your dollars can have an even greater impact. The Hope and Light foundation qualifies for most corporate matching gift programs. Contact your corporate Human Resources or Public relations department to find out if the Hope and Light Foundation meets their requirements for the corporate matching gifts program. If you need information not found on our web site please contact us and we will be happy to help get the Foundation approved for your program.

Combined Federal Campaign
If you are a Federal employee, the Hope and Light Foundation is approved for employee giving through the Federal payroll giving program. Enrollment in the federal giving program is done annually. Contact the CFC coordinator for your department for an enrollment form. If you are having trouble finding out who to contact give us a call and we will be happy to help.

One time and reoccurring donations
The foundation accepts donations in the form of cash, check or credit card. Reoccurring donations are accepted on our website, and are especially important giving us the ability to plan for our future based on contributions made today.

Planned Giving
Often times estate planning involves donating a portion of the estate to a specific cause. The benefit to this type of giving allows the donor to take a tax break for the donation now, while allowing the foundation to plan for new projects in the future. This type of donation has many aspects to consider and is usually worked out by a professional estate planner or attorney. If you have questions or need help in this area please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.

Volunteer

The Hope and Light Foundation is a 501c3 organization. If you would like to help us with any of the committees or tasks listed below, please contact us at info@hopeandlight.org.

All our projects need volunteers. We always have opportunities for people to get involved, so give us a call and let us know how you want to help. Even if you can't help now, call us anyway. If an opportunity comes up in the future, then we'll contact you.

Media and PR Committee:
The purpose of the Media & Public Relations Committee is to promote the work of The Hope and Light Foundation and to reach potential donors and the public in general regarding issues and events affecting Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Events:
We are looking for individual groups or corporations wanting to partner with us to plan fundraising events to benefit the Foundation.

Volunteers:
All projects need volunteers. We always have opportunities for people to get involved, so give us a call and let us know how you want to help.

Corporate Partners

Speaking Engagements
The Hope and Light Foundation welcomes the opportunity to come to your workplace or organization to share our mission, goals and updates on how the lives of children are affected by SMA. To arrange a speaker, please contact us.

Combined Federal Campaign
If you are a Federal employee, the Hope and Light Foundation is approved for employee giving through the Federal payroll giving program. Enrollment in the federal giving program is done annually. Contact the CFC coordinator for your department for an enrollment form. If you are having trouble finding out who to contact give us a call and we can help.

Corporate Fundraisers
If your company is interested in raising money through a corporate sponsored event to benefit the Hope and Light Foundation please contact us. There are several options for raising money and we would like to hear some of your ideas.

Matching Gift Programs
The foundation tries to qualify and register for as many corporate matching gift programs as we can, however there are so many out there it is hard to keep up. If you have a matching gifts program that you would like to see the Hope and Light foundation a part of, we will work with you to complete the enrollment process as quickly as possible.

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