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End of Year Giving: 2021

2021 Tax-deductible contributions must arrive by Friday, December 31.

As we approach the end of the calendar year, here is a reminder of the many ways to make end of year gifts to Beth Am to support our community and provide you with tax advantages for this year’s filing. We hope you will consider Beth Am in your year-end charitable plans.

Gifts to the Annual Campaign can be made by:

  • Check (mail to our office, with “Annual Campaign” in the memo)
  • Credit card (directly using the Annual Campaign form, or log into your ShulCloud account and make a gift or pledge)
  • Stock gift (a great way to avoid capital gains taxes on appreciated securities). Email Mandy Eisner for instructions.
  • For donors 70 ½ years or older, you can make a Qualified Charitable Distribution to Beth Am directly from your IRA. Contact your IRA fund custodian to get started.
  • Check your employer’s matching gift policy to see if Beth Am qualifies to receive matching gifts — it’s free money that can double your donation!
  • Have an old car parked in your driveway that you don’t drive anymore? We accept vehicle donations and make the process super easy for you.

The Annual Campaign supports the day to day life of this community — funding staff, scholarships and programs for members of all ages. Due to fluctuating factors beyond our control, revenue from membership contributions and education tuition is not keeping pace with our needs. While our members are actually contributing more per member to Beth Am, we are seeing a shrinking membership and Youth Education student pool due to demographic shifts in the area. This results in a larger gap that needs to be filled by the Annual Campaign and other fundraising.

There has always been a gap between what we collect in membership contributions and what it costs to provide our full range of service and care for those members. That’s a fact of life for every synagogue. This is true for youth education as well — there is roughly a 30% gap between what we charge for education tuition and what it actually costs. Because we want to keep our programs as accessible as possible, we accept this gap and the challenge to fill it through other means.

Our leadership team is working hard to budget carefully so that we can live within our means. It means a combination of reducing our expenses, and increasing our revenue.

We ask you to place Beth Am at the top of your year-end giving list, and for your extra generosity this year. To learn more, please visit www.betham.org/give or contact Mandy Eisner, (650) 493-4661, ext. 211.

Fri, December 3 2021 29 Kislev 5782