Good News Newsletter | December 2018
P.O. Box 40217, Tucson, AZ 85717 | www.BGCTucson.org | 520.573.3533
A Message from Debbie Wagner, CEO
Happy Holidays!

During the school year, one out of four children leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided, and unsafe during the critical after school hours. It is our priority to make sure that no child in this community is left without hope and opportunity. That is why we have worked hard all year to provide youth with a safe and fun place to go after school - one with positive adult mentors, healthy lifestyle activities, and character and leadership programs that give them the greatest chances of success in life.

It is a privilege to serve our members and see them transformed by the many impact-driven programs offered here at the Clubs. Whether it’s enhancing science skills in the STEM lab, keeping healthy with sports and recreation in the gym, opening their minds with art projects, learning the latest technology skills in the computer lab, or enjoying a healthy meal nightly, our youth are learning skills and behaviors that put them on the path to a great future.

We know that, when we work as one, we move young people and communities forward. Our work with young people, especially those who need us most, is the focus for all of our efforts. This would only be possible with the help and support of our donors. At this time year I can’t thank you enough for being our anchor and helping us serve over 4,500 members this year. I hope your holiday is filled with family and dear friends.

Fondly,
Debbie Wagner, CEO
Supporting the Clubs
Supporting the Clubs this Holiday Season
Donate Your
Arizona Charitable Tax Credit
of up to $800 per household
to the Kids!
Every kid deserves a Great Future! Give the Gift of Membership!

Through the generous support of our donors, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson (BGCT) is able to provide affordable after-school programming to more than 4,500 Club Members through its six Clubhouses and reach over 9,000 kids in the Tucson community annually. Club Membership is only $20 per school year per child, yet the true cost per member is more than $700.

For more than 50 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson has helped kids, especially those who need us most, build Great Futures! Using proven programs and resources, BGCT equips youth with pathways to success. As a result Club Members have the resilience and support to face challenges and achieve results. BGCT is a trusted partner in empowering children and is a leading Tucson charity. Thank you for your support!
It's Better to GIVE
AND to RECEIVE!
Hear from our Club Members as they take you on a tour of a Clubhouse and how it creates GREAT FUTURES:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is a qualifying charity for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. Your contribution may qualify for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit of up to $800 per family. QCO Code 20282

No investment is too great to ensure our children have great futures.

Thank you!
Please consider passing this message on to your family and friends. Thank you!
The EVENT 2019 - Nashville Nights - Sunday, March 24, 2019
Early Bird Tickets NOW AVAILABLE
Give the perfect GIFT - Early Bird Tickets are now available!

Tickets to The EVENT make the perfect holiday gift for those who are hard to buy for or have everything - and your purchase goes to support the Clubs!
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl - Saturday, December 29
Friends, we are 17 days from the kickoff of the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl. Trust us, this game will be the most fun you've had all year! For $25, you can see a National Bowl Game with student athletes putting it all on the field for a victory, a concert by the hit band Everclear, and you can help us give money back to local charities, like Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson who need it! Please help us sell out Arizona Stadium - Get your tickets to this year's game which pits Arkansas State against Nevada!
Planned Giving
Taking Stock at Year-End, and Giving It
Many people own appreciated stock--stock that has risen in value over time. For example, Jane has a stock account with a well-known brokerage company. One of her stocks has grown from $15 a share to $75 a share over the past few years. If she asks her broker to sell the stock she will owe tax on the $60 of appreciation for each share that is sold.

However, if Jane gives the stock to her Boys & Girls Club, she will avoid this tax on the appreciation and instead receive an income tax deduction on the full value of the stock. What's more, because the Club is a qualified charitable organization, the Club can sell the stock and avoid any tax on the appreciation--A win for Jane and a win for the Club.

The end of the year is a popular time for giving stock to Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson. In fact, most stock gifts occur during the fourth quarter of the year. Many thoughtful donors review their stock portfolio and select stocks which have appreciated the most and which have been held for more than a year. These donors give stock instead of cash because they have discovered the value and enjoyment of stretching their giving power by giving stock. The more they can prudently give to help the youth in our community, the better they feel.

Have you considered making a gift of appreciated stock to the Boys & Girls Club?

To learn more about this, you may want to talk with your CPA or investment advisor, or to speak with someone about giving stock, please contact Elizabeth Bollinger, VP of Fund Development and Planned Giving at 520.308.3332 or via email ebollinger@bgctucson.org .
Other Ways to Support the Clubs
What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from over one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

To select or change your charity to Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Your AmazonSmile” under the "Account & Lists" tab.
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