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Special Tax Deduction Helps Individuals Give to Charity

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation reminds taxpayers of a special new provision that will allow individuals to easily deduct up to $300 in donations to qualifying charities this year.  Following Internal Revenue Service tax law changes, cash donations of up to $300 made before December 31, 2020 are now deductible when individuals file their taxes in 2021.

Our region’s charities are diligently working to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Julie Posey, Development and Communications Officer for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF).   "We want to remind the community that we’re still seeking support for our Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund, which are our region’s two COVID-19 relief funds designed to provide meaningful support our area agencies and individuals.”

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, includes several temporary tax changes helping charities, including the special $300 deduction designed especially for people who choose to take the standard deduction, rather than itemizing their deductions.  Under this new change, individual taxpayers can claim an "above-the-line" deduction of up to $300 for cash donations made to charity during 2020.  This deduction lowers both adjusted gross income and taxable income – translating into tax savings for those making donations to qualifying tax-exempt organizations.

Cash donations include those made by check, credit card, or debit card.  They don't include securities, household items, or other property.

“100% of what is given to support the Foundation’s COVID-19 relief funds will be returned to our community,” said Posey.  “Because of the work of the PACF and these two funds, we’re able to quickly and resourcefully allocate funding into our region.”

Individuals who wish to make a donation to the PACF and/or one of its COVID-19 relief funds that qualifies for this special tax deduction may send a check made payable to the “PACF” mailed to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102 (postmarked by 12/31/20) or make a gift online (made by 12/31/20).  Individuals with questions may contact the PACF at 304-428-4438. 

Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Attention college students seeking meaningful paid work experience and leadership opportunities!  Applications are now available for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates' (PACF) Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.  This employment program operates for seven weeks beginning on June 4, 2021 and ending on July 23, 2021.  The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program offers local students the chance to return to their home communities to work in a career-related field while learning about their hometowns.  Students are able to develop connections and leadership skills that may later assist them in finding meaningful employment upon graduation.

To be eligible for participation, students must have successfully completed at least one semester of post-secondary education (college, trade/technical school, etc.), be currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program, and have a permanent home address in the PACF’s service region of Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, or Washington County, Ohio.  The student application is available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by February 12, 2021. 

During their time in the Program, Civic Leaders are placed at a work site, in a position related to their career interests, where they work four days a week. On Mondays of each week of the Program, the Civic Leaders participate in leadership activities and programs with other Civic Leaders designed to increase their knowledge of the region and prepare them to engage fully in service to their communities.

The PACF is also seeking organizations that wish to serve as host employers for summer 2021.  Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and units of government may apply to serve as a host employer for the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.  The Civic Leader is provided to the host employer at no cost.  In exchange, the host employer must be willing to provide supervision and a meaningful work assignment.  Organizations throughout the PACF’s service region are encouraged to apply online to provide an employment opportunity for one of our region's college-aged students.  The host application is also available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by March 31, 2021.

To learn more about the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program and to apply to participate as a student or host employer, visit:  www.pacfwv.com/CLFP.  Questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to the PACF’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Manager, Alicia Beeson.

Civic Leaders Fellowship Program 2021 Accepting Applications

Attention college students seeking meaningful paid work experience and leadership opportunities!  Applications are now available for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates' (PACF) Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.  This employment program operates for seven weeks beginning on June 4, 2021 and ending on July 23, 2021.  The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program offers local students the chance to return to their home communities to work in a career-related field while learning about their hometowns.  Students are able to develop connections and leadership skills that may later assist them in finding meaningful employment upon graduation. 

To be eligible for participation, students must have successfully completed at least one semester of post-secondary education (college, trade/technical school, etc.), be currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program, and have a permanent home address in the PACF’s service region of Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, or Washington County, Ohio.  The student application is available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by February 12, 2021. 

During their time in the Program, Civic Leaders are placed at a work site, in a position related to their career interests, where they work four days a week. On Mondays of each week of the Program, the Civic Leaders participate in leadership activities and programs with other Civic Leaders designed to increase their knowledge of the region and prepare them to engage fully in service to their communities.

The PACF is also seeking organizations that wish to serve as host employers for summer 2021.  Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and units of government may apply to serve as a host employer for the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.  The Civic Leader is provided to the host employer at no cost.  In exchange, the host employer must be willing to provide supervision and a meaningful work assignment.  Organizations throughout the PACF’s service region are encouraged to apply online to provide an employment opportunity for one of our region's college-aged students.  The host application is also available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by March 31, 2021.

To learn more about the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program and to apply to participate as a student or host employer, visit:  www.pacfwv.com/CLFP.  Questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to the PACF’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Manager, Alicia Beeson alicia.beeson@pacfwv.com.  

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