Giving While Getting

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Editor:

As we rapidly approach the holiday season we all find ourselves bombarded with requests for donations. Ours is an extremely charitable community and I know most of us do what we can to help the less fortunate.

Sadly, many times our donations to various charities are divided into portions for administration costs, organizational costs, fund raiser’s fees, etc., and only a small percentage goes to benefit the actual charity.

What if you could donate to a great local charity where 100 percent of your money goes to the charity and up to $400 of your donation is eligible for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit (CTC)?

You can.

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) is just such a charity. Donations are eligible for tax credits because PAHH provides affordable housing for the economically disadvantaged, thereby making PAHH an Arizona qualified 501 (c) charity). This means that individuals and couples who itemize deductions on their taxes get a reduction in their tax liability dollar for dollar, up to $200 for an individual and $400 for a couple.

PAHH was formed in 1994 and became an accredited affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in 1995. Since that time, PAHH has completed 10 houses and nine townhouses, providing shelter for 27 adults and 43 children.

Most of the work associated with building these homes has been provided by volunteers, and a great deal of the materials were donated by local businesses and individuals.

This year, work was completed on Phase One and Two of the Longhorn project, which produced nine townhouses at the corner of Longhorn and McLane roads.

The next phase, which will provide five additional townhouses for deserving families, is now ready to start. This will require additional money for non-donated materials and the work of professional trades people.

My wife, Jackie, and I have chosen PAHH as the local charity for us. I am on the board of directors and Jackie is on the family selection committee. We have personally contributed every year since learning about PAHH earlier this decade, and also donate items whenever we can to PAHH’s ReStore (located behind McDonald’s).

The fact that donations to PAHH really help local families in need should be enough to stimulate people to contribute money, and their unneeded items to the ReStore, but the Charitable Tax Credit does make it easier.

Lastly, I would like to extend an invitation for anyone who would like to assist PAHH now or in the future to contact us at your convenience. Volunteers are needed to serve on the PAHH board, work in the ReStore, and to work on Phase Three of the Longhorn project.

Fred Badger

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