May 2020 Newsletter
Navigating Adversity:
 Mastering the High-Stress Environment
Exclusively available for Friends of SEALKIDS
June 25th, 2020
6:00 PM EDT/ 3:00 PM PDT

Join Olympic Gold Medalist Bode Miller and Rear Admiral (Ret.) Scott Moore as they discuss how to use adversity to grow and improve individually, in a team, or organizationally. This intimate conversation based in both speakers' personal lives will inspire you to embrace the challenges you face. 
Founder's Circle
Guest Blog Post:
Exercise for my Autistic Boy
In this month's blog post, guest blogger Jen Van Horn discusses how she encourages her son Harper to get outside to exercise and move his body.

SEALKIDS Squad Run, Walk & Roll
July 1st-July 31st
Presented by
SEALKIDS is hosting our first virtual physical challenge! During the month of July, join us for the SEALKIDS Squad Run, Walk, & Roll. When you register, you will get a SEALKIDS T-shirt to wear while you push yourself to meet your mileage goal. When you reach your goal, you will receive a medal! Challenge yourself, have fun, and help us raise money. Registration is only $25.

Parents of Children With Special Needs are Struggling to Cope during COVID-19 School Closing

Across the country, parents of children with special needs are working hard to help their children learn and maintain academic gains despite school shutdowns. This poignant article takes a closer look at the challenges parents are facing.

Coffee Chat with Dr. Jennifer Winward

Join Dr. Jennifer Winward from Winward Academy for a brief overview of this amazing resource for NSW families. Join us for this live discussion on Wednesday, June 10th at 9 am PT/12 pm ET. This discussion is free to join, but please register in advance.

Donate to SEALKIDS today to help us provide essential educational services to NSW children. Support for the academic success of these children is more relevant than ever as students and parents deal with the short and long term consequences of COVID-19 school shutdowns.
How the CARES Act affects Charitable Giving
In uncertain times, fundraising for important causes because both more difficult and more essential. When you feel helpless in the face of a global crisis, giving to nonprofits doing work that is close to your heart is a great way to make a difference. We hope you will help us see the children and families of NSW through this challenging time.

To encourage charitable giving, the CARES Act has authorized additional tax benefit for this year:
New Charitable Deduction Limits:  As part of the bill, individuals and corporations that itemize can deduct much greater amounts of their contributions. Individuals can elect to deduct donations up to 100% of their 2020 AGI (up from 60% previously). Corporations may deduct up to 25% of taxable income, up from the previous limit of 10%. The new deduction is for gifts that go to a public charity like SEALKIDS. The old deduction rules still apply to gifts to private foundations. The higher deduction also does not apply to donations directly into a Donor Advised Fund.
New Deduction Available:  Up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple) in annual charitable contributions. This is available only to people who take the standard deduction (for taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions). It is an “above the line” adjustment to income that will reduce a donor’s adjusted gross income (AGI), and thereby reduce taxable income. A donation to a donor advised fund (DAF) does not qualify for this new deduction.
Required Minimum Distributions Waived in 2020 for Most Donors:  Required minimum distributions (RMD) that would have had to start in 2020 do not have to start until 2021, including distributions from defined benefit pension plans and 457 plans. This means a qualified charitable donation this year will still allow itemizers and non-itemizers alike to direct up to $100,000 from their IRA to charities in a tax efficient manner.
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