After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday comes a day know as #GivingTuesday. Established five years ago as a global day a giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, it kicks off the charitable season, when many people are focusing on their holiday and end-of-year giving. It can also be an important part of your end-of-year tax planning. If you itemize your deductions on your tax return you may benefit from a federal tax deduction if the donation is made to an eligible charitable organization.

Missouri also offers several state tax credits to various organizations. State tax credits typically allow a qualified donor to reduce their Missouri tax liability by 50% of their total contribution. Some of the more popular tax credits is the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), Affordable Housing Assistance Credit (AHC), Missouri Development Financial Board (MDB), and Youth Opportunities Tax Credit (YOP). If you are considering making a donation, you might consider contacting the charitable organization ahead of time and asking if they have any tax credits available.

The IRS has a search tool that allows you to verify tax exempt organizations. 
Click here
for a link to their website.

Missouri also provides a "Check a Charity" search. 
Click here for a link to their website.

Here are a few of our staff's favorite charitable organizations.

The Dr. Wade Shipman Memorial Fund
Funds will be distributed for scholarships for MSU School of Anesthesia, general education opportunities in the medical field.
Click here for more information.

Ozarks Food Harvest
Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving more than 200 nonprofit organizations across 28 Ozarks counties.
Click here for more information.

Camp Barnabas
Camp Barnabas is a unique ministry providing Christian camping experiences to people with special needs and to their siblings.
Click here for more information.

Boys and Girls Club of the Ozarks
Dedicated to fostering a sense of belonging, positive self-esteem, and accomplishment in all kids.
Click here for more information.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks
To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
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Isabel's House Crisis Nursery
Isabel’s House provides care 24 hours a day, 365 days per year for the community’s most vulnerable when the family is in crisis.
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Children's Miracle Network
Dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the medical care of children, birth through age 18.
Click here for more information.

Ronald McDonald House
Create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in the Ozarks.
Click here for more information.

Rare Breed, a program of The Kitchen
Provides assistance to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 13-24 through outreach and housing.
Click here for more information.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Springfield
Bringing comprehensive cancer treatment to southwest Missouri, so kids and their families don’t have to travel far for care.
Click here for more information.

Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks
A local organization that provides education, support and financial assistance including non-medical financial aid and free mammogram funding for individuals affected by breast cancer.
Click here for more information.

Lost & Found Grief Center
Lost & Found Grief Center provides grief support services, at no charge, in a safe and supportive environment for children, young adults, and their families grieving the death of a loved one.
Click here for more information.

#GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources. For more information about #GivingTuesday, visit here website here.