A matching gift to match this moment...
A generous Telling Room supporter has promised to match all donations to our annual fund made now through June 30, 2020 up to a total of $20,000. Whatever you can give will be matched dollar for dollar—so your donation will go twice as far!
When I envisioned writing our 2020 spring appeal a few months ago, I never imagined that I would be writing it from my dining room table during a global pandemic. COVID-19 shuttered The Telling Room, our community, and the world.
But while we pressed pause on our regularly scheduled programs, we quickly realized the truth in the old adage: necessity is the mother of invention. Over the days and weeks that followed, we used the crisis as an opportunity to think creatively, to broaden our impact, and to meet our students and community wherever they are—digitally, virtually.
We moved our school-based and afterschool programs online and created new programming that allows us to reach kids throughout Maine, from York to Caribou and everywhere in between. In the spirit of trying something new, we thought we'd share some of what we've been up to and invite you to explore (a little or a lot!) all the ways we're reaching and writing with young people now...
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So yes. We're still driven by our mission to empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world. And these last few weeks, we've been so inspired by all the young people we get to work with—no matter where they sit within the pandemic, they are telling us: We will keep writing through this time.
But to make it all work?
We need YOU.
We often say what an honor and joy it is to share the stories and poems of young people—how important it is to amplify youth voices. That is perhaps more true than ever now—but it is clearer than ever, too, that it's our young writers who are lifting us up and through this time. Together, with your help and support, we will make sure they can keep writing, sharing, and connecting—with The Telling Room, with each other, and with a world that needs their voices more than ever before.
If you are able, please help us meet our $20,000 goal. Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar now through the month of June—every gift will go twice as far so we can continue to reach young writers this spring, summer, and beyond.
When you support The Telling Room, you become part of an audience that listens to young people. And our youth need to be heard because they are powerful change-makers, helping to meet the many challenges and solve the many practical and social problems that the COVID-19 era is elevating. Writing and sharing allows us to bear witness—and gives us courage to act—in these, and all, times. With your help, we'll make sure the words continue to flow.
Be safe and well,
Every gift we receive will help us keep our programs free for kids and their families. Your donation ensures that our students' voices will have a significant impact on our community—now and in years to come. Thank you.
Did you know what there are new tax incentives for charitable giving as part of the CARES Act?
New Charitable Deduction Available: Up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple) in annual charitable contributions. This deduction 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, and thereby reduce taxable income. A donation to a donor advised fund does not qualify for this new deduction.
New Charitable Deduction Limits: The CARES Act suspends the 60% adjusted gross income limitation for individuals' charitable contributions for the year 2020. In a typical year, individuals can only take a charitable deduction of up to 60% of their adjusted gross income, no matter how much they give. For 2020, there is no limit, making cash contributions fully deductible.
This is not tax or charitable giving advice. Consult your accountant or financial advisor to learn more about these and other benefits of charitable giving.
We are safely visiting The Telling Room periodically to retrieve mail. If you would like to send your donation via check, please include "spring appeal" in the memo line. Thank you!
Contributions may be sent to:
The Telling Room
225 Commercial Street, Suite 201
Portland, ME 04101
The Telling Room is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax deductible. Tax ID # / EIN: 74-3136956