Independence at St. Louis Center
Do you remember the first time you cooked a meal for yourself? Patiently, you learned the skills needed to tackle each task of preparing the meal, and you finally had the chance to bring it all together. That feeling of independence is the ultimate accomplishment of your hard work.
Your love and support has helped people with I/DD to be resilient and overcome the tough times of 2020 and 2021. You play an important part in each of the St. Louis Center residents independence journeys. The residents and staff of the Center thank you!
Click Stories of Independence to read more about Jacqui and other St. Louis Center residents’ journeys to independence.
There are many avenues to support our residents.
Our work is magnificent, but our needs are great.
Your generosity is more important now than ever in helping to ensure the continuing care of our residents. Every donation helps, from one-time gifts to matching funds or gifts of stock, property, or bequests.
If you are touched by the stories of our residents or the importance of our mission, please consider contributing in whatever way is right for you. And remember, one of the most fulfilling ways is to attend our many community volunteer activities.
St. Louis Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Federal Tax ID: 38-6038121
Make your gift last when you become a sustainer.
You can spread out your gift over time by making a recurring donation. It’s convenient and may allow you to make a larger gift by spreading out your payments over time. Just visit our online donation form here or call 734-475-8430 to set up a recurring donation that will automatically be charged to your credit card. You decide how much you want to give, the payment schedule (monthly, quarterly or annually) and the timeframe for your gift.
Remember a Loved One, Honor a Special Person, or Commemorate a Significant Occasion
Making a gift in memory of a loved one, to honor a special person, or in commemoration of an important event is a great way to make a personal and lasting tribute. Just note on your check or the online form that your gift is in memory or in honor of someone you care about.
If you provide the name and contact information of the family member of the memorialized person or the person to whom you are paying tribute, St. Louis Center will send a letter to the honoree or family of the deceased to notify them of your gift, without revealing the contribution amount.
If you would like this notification to be sent, please provide the notificant’s name and address when you make your gift online or providing the information when you send a check to St. Louis Center, 16195 Old US 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.
In-Kind Donations and Needs Lists
We welcome your help in keeping the 64 residents at the Center clothed, fed, and engaged each day, and to provide a safe, clean and cheerful environment. We rely on a wide variety of in-kind donations, including:
In-kind food donations help offset 25% of our food expenses each year and are most welcomed by the Center.
- Personal Items and Clothing for Residents
New or gently worn clothing, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and particularly toiletries and personal care items like shavers are always welcome.
- Craft Kits, Books, and Supplies
Keeping residents occupied and engaged is important at St. Louis Center. We always need craft kits, books, and supplies like crayons, markers, and coloring books.
- Tools and Lawn Equipment
Our maintenance department also welcomes a variety of tools and heavy-duty lawn maintenance equipment.
If you have a vehicle, particularly a van, a gator that can be used to remove snow, or golf cart that you no longer need and that is in good working condition, please consider St. Louis Center.
Because of the special needs of our residents, we are limited as to the types of furniture that we can accept.
In-kind donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
If you have furniture or a larger item you wish to donate, or questions about any type of in-kind donation, please contact Development Director Christina Ferris via email or at 734-475-8430.
Wish Lists covering specific Needs
St. Louis Center also maintains Amazon Smile Charity Lists to share specific needs for our residents, social work department, direct care staff, and maintenance workers. You can access these lists here. Anything you purchase will be shipped directly to the center!
Please note that these gifts are also tax-deductible as allowed by law, but for us to know and acknowledge that you are the originator of an Amazon Charity List gift with a tax receipt, you must specifically note your name and address upon shipping the gift.
Reminder for online shoppers: You help support SLC with every Amazon purchase by shopping at smile.amazon.com and making St. Louis Center your designated charity!
Other Ways to Give
Did you know that in addition to making a one-time donation or monthly gift, there are different ways to give that may make your support go further? Click on the tabs below to learn about other types of donations, or here for general FAQs about giving at St. Louis Center.
- Employer Match
- Gifts of Stock | IRA Distributions
- Planned Gifts and Bequests
- Real Estate
- Contact us about other Ways to Support
A way to make your donation go farther…
Does your company have a matching funds program?
Many companies and foundations provide a matching gift program that will match your charitable donations or volunteer hours. You can maximize your gift to St. Louis Center by contacting your organization’s HR department to find out if you have such a program. Follow the instructions provided by your employer’s Matching Gift Program.
Please direct Matching Gift inquiries or information to:
16195 W Old US Hwy 12
Chelsea, MI 48118
Contributing stock or from IRAs may provide additional tax breaks.
Gifts of Stock
When you donate stock to charity, you can generally take a tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock on the date of the gift. For example, you purchased 50 shares of stock for $750 (or $15 each) and you donate those shares to your church on a date when the stock is worth $100 per share, you have given a gift of $5,000 to the church and the donation only cost you $750. In addition to getting the full fair market value for the gift of stock, you have also saved the capital gains tax that would otherwise be paid if you had sold the stock.
IRA Distributions through a Qualified Charitable Distribution
A Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA, payable directly to a qualified charity, which count toward satisfying your Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) for the year. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, RMDs are not required for 2020. However, many individuals are still using QCDs to help charities in this difficult year. A QCD allows individuals who are in RMD status (70 years old or older under the old law and 72 years old or older under the new law) to donate up to $100,000 total to one or more charities directly from a taxable IRA instead of taking their RMD. In most years using a QCD can help keep your taxable income lower, keep your income in a lower tax bracket, and may reduce your potential exposure to the Medicare surtax.
Please direct Gifts of Stock, IRA Distributions, or QCD inquiries or information to:
16195 W Old US Hwy 12
Chelsea, MI 48118
Help ensure the future of the residents of St. Louis Center and establish a lasting legacy by including us in your estate plans.
Making a Planned Gift to St. Louis Center is an outstanding way to combine your desire to support our mission and your overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals.
Bequests have a number of benefits:
- You can make a gift of any amount while retaining control of your assets during your lifetime.
- Bequests can be modified at any point.
- In many cases, a bequest allows you to make a more significant gift than might have been possible during your lifetime.
- An outright gift from your estate is free from federal estate taxes.
- Enjoy the satisfaction of creating a legacy and having a lasting impact on the Center’s residents.
- Depending on the method you choose, some giving methods can provide you or your family income during your lifetime.
Your bequest could be a gift of specific assets (such as a vehicle, artwork or coin collection), a dollar amount (e.g., $1,000, $10,000, or $100,000), or a percentage of your estate (e.g., 3%, 25%, or 50%). A bequest could also be made from the residue of your estate or what is left after all gifts have been made to your heirs.
There are many ways to make a planned gift:
Make St. Louis Center a Beneficiary – Naming St. Louis Center as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, IRA or 401k is easy and doesn’t require you to change your will. Simply update your beneficiary form, which can be done online.
Will or Trust – Including St. Louis Center in your estate plans allows you to provide support without affecting your current finances. Contributions donated through a will or estate plan can include stocks, bonds, jewelry, real estate or cash that is granted once the donor has passed away. Request that your estate planning attorney include a provision in your will or living trust that leaves a lasting gift to St. Louis Center.
Other Planned Giving Tools – Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Remainder Trusts and other vehicles are great ways to make a gift while receiving tax benefits and ensuring you and your loved ones receive an income. Work with your tax advisor or estate planning professional to create a plan that provides optimum benefits and best supports the wishes of you and your family.
Sample Bequest Language – A bequest is one of the easiest gifts you can make to significantly impact our work. Your estate planning attorney can include a provision in your will that leaves a lasting gift to St. Louis Center, such as the following:
“I give ($) (%) of my estate to St. Louis Center for Exceptional Adults, 16195 W Old US Hwy 12 to provide funding for the ongoing activities of their mission (or for the purpose of _________________). Tax 38-6038121”
MAKE A PLANNED GIFT TODAY
Make your pledge and establish your legacy today by filling out this brief online form. Then, enjoy the satisfaction of creating a legacy and having a lasting impact on the future of St. Louis Center.
Gifts of Property
Deeds or Titles to real estate may be donated to St. Louis Center.
A direct gift is the simplest method of donating real estate through a transfer of the property deed or title. As the donor, you generally receive a tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the property and that deduction may be carried forward for five years.
Contact the Development Department at 734-475-8430 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your proposed gift of real estate.
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St. Louis Center keeps track of those who have donated to support its mission. It is important to us to keep our supporters informed, especially of upcoming events and Legacy Project progress. If you have donated to St. Louis Center and want to make sure that we have the most accurate, up-to-date information on file for you, please complete this form.
Know that St. Louis Center does not release donor records unless mandated by law.
If you are interested in becoming a donor or for answers to any questions you may have, contact Christina Ferris, Development Director.