For the entire year of 2020, the limitation on how much of your charitable donations you can deduct against your income, no matter who you are or how much you give, has been lifted. Previously, it was a maximum of 60% for cash donations and 50% for non-cash contributions, however, now you can give and deduct without limitations.
Dear Friends and Leaders,
As the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia continues to navigate with our staff and kids through this changing time, we continually remind ourselves of the good times, great programs, laughing kids, fun activities, thoughtful and supportive donors, our Coaches Private Reserve Dinner, Golf and all the activities that bond us as a community in the best interest of the kids who need us most. We are community strong, we are courageous and we will flourish- together.
Since March 23rd, 2020 the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia has been working in the forefront with the City and the Philadelphia Housing Authority to ensure our kids and their families, who lack the resources necessary and are experiencing food insecurity, are fed. Over the summer, we served over 130,000 meals in 14 of our locations.
We have also developed virtual literacy programs, team meetings, program trainings and guidelines, and continue to deep clean all facilities as we maintain both in-person and online instruction for school and work activities. With our new D.E.F.Y. Club, we introduced daily S.T.E.M., Literacy, and Club programming. Through this initiative we have logged over 1,500 hours educating remotely.
It was critical for the Boys & Girls Clubs during the shutdown to retain our employees in preparation for when the mandate was lifted. Online training, instruction, and club sanitation all ensured our staff remained active and on July 6th, our clubs re-opened. Since then, our staff has participated in limited in-person instruction, serving over 180 students daily in a clean, healthy, safe environment.
We continue to ensure the city’s youth is given our full support and resources to restore a sense of security, peace, and goodwill as many of our children are currently surrounded by stress, dysfunctional family circumstances, and a lack of education.
Our children who live in the most economically distressed neighborhoods of Philadelphia do not have home internet, nor do they have computers at home to access valuable educational tools and resources. Normally, our children receive these resources and support full-time from their local Boys & Girls Club.
The time is now for us all to pull together to address the tsunami of need that COVID-19 has brought upon us.
Your donation and support as a leader will help us address these new challenges, and together we can overcome the obstacles and deficiencies that are affecting the neighborhoods we serve. Help us to lift them up so we can all move forward with a momentum of educational success and prosperity for all.
In the best interest of the kids,
Lisabeth and Joseph Marziello
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia have been serving youth in Philadelphia’s most impoverished communities for over 131 years. Our Clubs provide a variety of services to youth including preschool, after-school, and teen programming.