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Join our effort to empower women in Guatemala.

We offer a variety of giving options based on your charitable interests and life circumstances. Whichever option you choose, you can rest assured that your donation will be used effectively to provide our clients with increased resilience, improved empowerment, and accelerated business development.

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Explore Our Giving Options

Annual Giving

By making a gift to Friendship Bridge each year, you ensure that the tools of empowerment will be available to women in Guatemala for generations. 

Monthly Giving – Cada Mes 

The Cada Mes Club donates on a monthly basis to reflect the monthly Trust Bank meetings our clients attend, where they make loan payments and participate in our Non-Formal Education sessions. The easiest way to sustain your impact is by making a recurring gift every month. Learn more.

SEED – Sustainers of Economic Empowerment and Development 

Join a group of dedicated individuals who contribute $1,000 or more annually for three consecutive years. SEED Members enjoy special benefits, like travel discounts and exclusive invitations to our events. Learn more.

Matching Gifts 

Many employers will match the charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please check with your Human Resources office. 

Planned Giving – Legacy Circle

For those taking the special step of including us in their long-term plans through an estate commitment, life-income gift, or another deferred giving arrangement. We will work with you to create a plan that ensures your impact will extend beyond your lifetime and celebrate the same generosity we share with our clients. Learn more.

Gifts of Stocks and Mutual Funds

You benefit in two ways when you transfer appreciated stocks and securities: 1. You may avoid capital gains when you donate publicly traded stocks that have been held for more than one year, and 2. You may take the full fair market value of the gift as a charitable deduction on your taxes. 

Additional Options:

Private Placement Investing
We are planning to roll over our current 3-year private placement later this year, in October 2021, and we are seeking additional investors. For those who are interested in investing, we expect to have a minimum investment of $25,000, which will be available to Accredited Investors. Please contact Amy Kuark, Friendship Bridge Treasurer, at akuark@friendshipbridge.org or +1 303-674-0717 for more information on the terms of the offering.
The CARES Act

The CARES Act Charitable Giving Incentive includes a new above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300. The incentive applies to contributions made in 2020 and would be claimed on tax forms next year. The bill also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent.

DETAILS:

  • Increased Deduction for Individual Cash Donations: Up to 100% of AGINormally, the deduction a taxpayer can claim for a charitable contribution is limited to 60%. However, in 2020 the limitation has been suspended and has increased to 100%, meaning any individual filing an itemized return may donate the full amount of their AGI, leaving taxable income at O.
  • Increased Deduction for Corporate Donations: Up to 25%Much like the individual increase in the percentage of the tax deduction for 2020, there has also been an increase in the percentage corporations can deduct for charitable contributions. This increase went from 10% to 25%.
  • $300 “Universal Deduction” for any Charitable Contribution: non-itemized tax returnsThis incentive adds a universal deduction of up to $300 for taxpayers who do not itemize (i.e. those who take a standard deduction). This new deduction is an above-the-line adjustment to income that will reduce your AGI and taxable income. It’s important to note that any donation above the $300 limit (one-time donations, or combined) will not qualify under this deduction incentive and only applies to cash gifts given in the year 2020.
Amazone SMILE

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. This direct link will automatically set Friendship Bridge as your principal nonprofit to donate to:

Amazon SMILE
King Soopers Community Rewards

The King Soopers Community Rewards program makes fundraising easy by allowing Colorado residents to donate to local organizations based on the shopping they do every day. Once you link your Shopper’s Card to Friendship Bridge, all you have to do is shop and swipe. Any transactions moving forward using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account will be applied to Friendship Bridge at no added cost to you. Search for ‘Friendship Bridge’ or our Organization Number: AW662.

Learn how to link your Shopper’s Card

Gifts from your IRA and Retirement Accounts
Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) — If you have reached age 70 1/2, you may be able to use distributions from an IRA (including so-called “Required Minimum Distributions”) to make gifts directly from the IRA to charitable organizations and not have to pay any taxes on the amounts so distributed.  Ordinarily, income taxes are payable when you take a distribution from an IRA. With a QCD, instead of your paying income taxes, the charity gets the benefit of the entire amount.  In some ways, it’s as if you get a charitable deduction for the gift, but you don’t have to itemize deductions to take advantage of this way of giving.   Remember: this works only with an IRA (not other types of retirement plans), and the funds must go DIRECTLY from the IRA to the charity. Check with your IRA administrator or financial advisor for more details to see if it makes sense for you to make charitable gifts this way. Learn more.
Fund a Trust Bank via KIVA
Consider funding a Trust Bank via our partnership with Kiva. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help our clients start or grow a business. Just go to Kiva’s Friendship Bridge page to see which loans are outstanding. Any Trust Bank unfunded by the deadline will not receive the funds at this point. So hurry before time runs out.
ReFUND Colorado
Now you can give some or all of your Colorado State income tax refund to Friendship Bridge. Choose Friendship Bridge with registration number 20033005126 in the “Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit” line on your Colorado state income tax return or software. You may also share this information with your tax preparer. Learn more.
Tribute and Memorial Gifts
Support Friendship Bridge as you celebrate a loved one. From our donate page, simply let us know who you wish to honor and how you would like the notification to be accomplished. Your recipient will be notified by a beautiful gift card sent via email or standard mail.

 

Need more information or have questions? Please contact us at +1 303-674-0717, or email us at info@friendshipbridge.org. We are committed to respecting your privacy. Please find our full Donor Privacy Policy here.