DONATION OPTIONS

We appreciate every method that people choose to use to share their passion and support for the mission.
Thank you for caring about the health and well-being of local children, adults, and communities.

Other giving options, such as fundraising, and information can be found lower on this page.

Fundraising Ideas

Host an event, dinner, or festivity with the proceeds going to help move our mission forward. In the past people have donated their birthdays, put on a 5K, or held a special sale, donating the proceeds to benefit our clients. If your shindig aligns with our mission, we can help you promote your fundraiser.
>Just provide us a few details through this form.
>Set Up a Fundraising Page

If you are not looking for promotion assistance, permission to use our agency logo, or are not hosting a special event on our behalf, no form is necessary. Gifts such as church offering collections or sorority group donations are examples.
We encourage you to support local businesses. If your area doesn't offer needed products and you shop on Amazon, please consider using AmazonSmile and earn donations to support Helping Services' mission. >Shop at AmazonSmile
If you've got a great idea for how to connect your passion for this mission with more people, set up your own secure fundraising page using MobileCause to collect donations.
>Set Up Your Page
Perhaps someone is already doing what you want to do. You could contact that person and see if partnering is an option. Or you could attend and support their event.
>See Current Fundraisers

Major Giving

Gifts of cash immediately impact Helping Services' programs and provide you, the donor, with the highest tax deduction.
Through a gift of appreciated securities, you, the donor, will receive one of the most significant tax breaks from the IRS. A donation of securities is a powerful way to support Helping Services, providing you with the satisfaction of advancing the valuable work of our agency; at the same time you receive the following benefits: - You will pay no capital gains tax on the securities you choose to donate - You will receive an immediate tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities on the date of transfer, regardless of what you initially paid to purchase them - Your gift of stock, like cash gifts, can be directed to the general support of Helping Services for Youth & Families.
A convenient and flexible way to manage your charitable giving and a cost-effective alternative to establishing a private foundation.

While Helping Services does not directly manage Donor Advised Funds, there are a number of financial institutions and community trusts that can assist you in establishing such a fund. Contributions and/or grants from your DAF can be made to a number of charitable organizations of your choice and you receive many benefits including: - An immediate tax deduction - The flexibility of one source for your charitable giving, without the costs and administrative obligations of a private foundation - More ongoing tax benefits with a donor advised fund than with a private foundation - No start-up costs or administrative expenses
By donating a piece of personal property (car, property i.e.), the donated item can be sold by Helping Services or can be held for sale at a later date. You, the donor, will immediately receive an income tax deduction for the appraised value of the donated article and no capital gains tax will be assessed.

This is the perfect way to make a difference for your charity without making a monetary transaction. For more detailed information on this type of donation, please consult your financial advisor or the IRS directly.

Workplace Giving

A matching gift can double a pledge. Many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage philanthropy among their employees. Some companies will even match to spouses and retirees.

By simply completing your company's matching gift form, you may be able to double, or even triple, the impact of your gift!

The process for submitting a matching gift claim differs from company to company. Some require a completed paper form, others have an online system, still others request that claims be filed by telephone. In any case, if your company does provide a matching gift claim form, please complete it and send it to:

Helping Services for Youth & Families P.O. Box 372, Decorah, IA 52101
Some companies will give grants to organizations where their employees volunteer. Ask your Human Resources department or Community Relations department if this is available at your company and how you can go about taking advantage of this great way to serve and give back.
Federal Employees | You can give to Helping Services through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which runs from September through December each year. Whether you donate $1, $10 or more per paycheck, or make a one-time donation, your contribution will go a long way.

City and State Employees | Look for us in your workplace giving campaign brochure. If our agency is not listed, call our office, 563-387-1720, to request any details needed to be added to the brochure.

Private Company Employees | Check with your payroll administrator to see if Helping Services is on your company's list of approved charities in your workplace contribution campaign. If we are not listed, ask if you can write us in or have us added to the list.

Sustainable Giving

We provide support for a full range of charitable gift planning options and services. Helping Services, its employees or representatives, do not offer legal or financial advice. We strongly urge prospective donors to consult with their attorney, financial advisor, estate planning professional, accountant, or other appropriate professional before making any material decisions based on information we provide through this website, printed materials or other sources.

We welcome the opportunity to work with you in helping your clients identify tax-wise and beneficial ways to support Helping Services' charitable non-profit mission. Please feel free to contact us directly for information or assistance on a confidential basis.

The IRS provides more details on these types of gifts and the benefits to you. We recommend talking with your attorney or tax advisor about these options. You can also contact the executive director to discuss these types of gifts, 563-387-1720.

Thank you for considering a planned or estate gift to Helping Services for Youth & Families.


A charitable bequest is the most common type of planned or estate gift. A bequest is simply a distribution from your estate to a charitable organization through your last will and testament.


Below is an example of language that you can use to leave a charitable bequest to Helping Services for Youth & Families:

“I give (___ percent of my estate) or (the residue of my estate) or ($____ specific dollar amount) to Helping Services for Youth & Families, tax ID #42-0989563, located at 805 E Main Street, Decorah, IA, 52101, for its general use and purposes.”


Other types of planned gifts include trust agreements and gifts of property or real estate.


Please contact Carson Eggland, Executive Director, to begin the conversation about one of these options.
563-387-1720 | ceggland@helpingservices.org


And, of course, please consult with your attorney or tax adviser to determine what gift might be best for you and your family.

Contact Us with Your Giving Questions

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