At The Kennedy Center, your donation makes a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and special needs and their families. Private contributions are necessary for The Kennedy Center to help meet the ongoing needs of the children and adults we serve. There are as many creative ways to financially support The Kennedy Center, as there are programs and services to support. Some of these options include Annual Giving Campaign, Planned Giving, Corporate Partnerships, Gifts-In-Kind, and Adopt-A-Home.
A 501(c)(3) ORGANIZATION The Kennedy Center, Inc. conducts its fundraising activities in accordance with the highest professional and ethical standards and in a manner that both reflects our mission and is responsive to the concerns and interests of our donors. Your generous donation is tax-deductible. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the government recognizes The Kennedy Center as a charitable organization and allows it to accept contributions. The 501(c)(3) status not only grants The Kennedy Center tax-exempt status, it is a mark of credibility that proves your donation is going to a worthwhile cause. Further, The Kennedy Center is internationally accredited through CARF (Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and has consistently received the highest level of accreditation since first applying in 1981.
HOW TO MAKE A GIFT Parents and friends make gifts to The Kennedy Center with many kinds of assets and in a variety of forms. Options include cash, checks, credit card payments, gifts of marketable securities, and other assets. Please feel free to write or call for advice or details. Your gift can have an even greater impact if your company has a matching gift program. In some cases, your spouse's company may match your gift.
Gifts of Cash Traditionally, a majority of the gifts made to The Kennedy Center come in the form of cash, via check or credit card. A gift of cash entitles you to the most generous federal income tax deduction available for charitable contributions. You may deduct up to 50% of your adjusted gross income for gifts of cash and may carry any amount over that figure forward for up to five additional years. Checks should be made payable to The Kennedy Center and mailed to The Kennedy Center Attn: Development Dept. 2440 Reservoir Avenue Trumbull, CT 06611 For payments by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express, please click on DONATE or call (203) 365-8522, ext. 2049.
Gifts of Marketable Securities A gift of appreciated securities that you have held for more than one year is frequently the most economical way to give. You will be eligible to take a federal income tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the stock on the date of the gift for up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income and will not have to recognize the appreciation as capital gain. See below for information about how to give securities or mutual fund shares to The Kennedy Center:
Securities Held by Your Bank or Broker Please notify your bank or broker that you are making a gift of securities to The Kennedy Center and instruct your bank or broker to either telephone the Vice President of Finance at (203) 365-8522, ext. 2032 or e-mail for instructions. Please tell your bank or broker not to proceed until speaking with someone in the Finance or Development Office.
Securities Held by You Please send unendorsed certificates by mail, along with a letter giving your name, address, and the purpose of your gift to: The Kennedy Center Attn: Finance Department 2440 Reservoir Avenue Trumbull, Connecticut 06611 Telephone: (203) 365-8522, ext. 2032 In a separate envelope, please mail to the same address a stock power for each certificate, along with a copy of your letter. Do not complete any information on the stock power other than your signature and the date. If the certificate represents a greater number of shares than you intend to give to The Kennedy Center, please enclose a note requesting the return of a new stock certificate with the non-gift balance. Your bank or broker can supply you with blank stock powers. For most expedient handling, do not fill in The Kennedy Center’s name as transferee on either the stock certificate or the stock power, and please do not send stock certificates to a transfer agent for transfer into The Kennedy Center's name.
Mutual Fund Shares Please contact The Kennedy Center Vice President of Finance at (203) 365-8522, ext. 2032 with information about your mutual fund shares. The mutual fund company establishes the procedure for transferring shares, and our Vice President of Finance will be able to assist you with the appropriate letters of instruction. The Kennedy Center's Federal Tax Identification Number: 060-709-295