Ways You Can Donate
You are invited to share in our mission.
Fossil Rim is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. As such, we are not supported by any government or other funding source. Any time you pay admission, take a tour, buy a souvenir, purchase a meal or participate in any other offering at Fossil Rim you are contributing to the care of the animals. For that we thank you. If you are moved by what we are doing, and wish to contribute more, there are many ways to do so.
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Money is always welcome and appreciated. Your monetary contribution will help us expand our wildlife breeding programs. Click here or on the button at right to go to our online store and choose the level of contribution ($10, $25, $50, $75, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000) you wish to make. It’s quick, it’s simple and it’s tax deductible!
Fossil Rim offers corporate sponsorships for a number of large projects relating directly to our mission of wildlife conservation and education.
- Animals and Conservation Projects
- Land and Habitat Projects
- Education and Awareness
- Visitors and Tourism
- Training and Administration
- Support (Technical) Services
All sponsors will receive recognition on our website. Please check with your company’s accounting and tax experts to get an accurate accounting of what can be declared charitable and what is a business expense.
In Kind Donations
Have something you don’t need anymore? We can put to good use. Items such as towels and blankets, which can be used by our vet department. The education department can generally use arts and crafts materials. The possibilities are endless.
Sponsor A Child for Summer Camp
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Every child that comes to camp at Wolf Ridge learns that they can make a difference for wildlife. Unfortunately not every child that dreams of camp and all the wonderful activities involved will ever have that opportunity. You can make a difference for wildlife and grant a child’s wish at the same time. Please provide a scholarship for a low-income child and make their dream come true by clicking here, or on the button at right.
Our volunteers are a wonderful asset that help us in our work to protect the environment. Our volunteers do help us out considerably, but most of them will tell you that they are the ones receiving the major benefits.
This can be a great aid when it comes to an event taking place. We welcome participation from individuals and corporations. You could sponsor a table at a major event; provide items needed to put on the events. Sponsoring a children’s class so they can come to Fossil Rim for a day or overnight camp program would be a fulfilling gesture. Corporations could benefit by sponsoring printing. There are many ways to participate; see what unique solutions you can sponsor by calling 254.897.2960 and ask to speak to marketing.
Amazon.com Wish Lists
Did you know Fossil Rim has, at present, two Amazon.com wish lists? One list is for Fossil Rim in general and the other is for our Lodging department. You can view what’s on our lists by clicking here. Please check them out and help by purchasing items on our lists. We, and especially our animals, appreciate your help.
Person to Person
Telling your friends about your visit to Fossil Rim helps to spread the word about our conservation efforts benefiting endangered species.
Benefit for All
Tax Deductions for Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
What You Need to Know About the Tax Benefits of Donating to Charitable Causes
There are many advantages to giving to charity. Yes, it makes you feel good, but it also might provide you with a tax deduction. The IRS has become much more stringent about the charitable deduction so it pays to know the requirements and to collect your paperwork throughout the year, rather than waiting for tax time.
Here’s what you should know about the tax benefits of giving to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Be sure to consult your own tax adviser about your specific tax situation.
- How Does the Income Tax Deduction for a Fossil Rim Wildlife Center donation Work?
If you itemize deductions on your tax return, you may be able to take an income tax deduction for a gift to a qualified charitable organization, which is us, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. That is a big “if” however. All taxpayers receive an automatic deduction from Uncle Sam, and it is only when you exceed that deduction that itemizing pays off. The standard deduction is currently $5800 for individuals and $11,600 for married couples filing jointly.
To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A.
- When Can a Charitable Contribution Deduction to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center be Taken?
Your donation to a Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is deductible the same year in which it is made. The contribution is considered paid when you put the check in the mail, or when it is charged to your credit card (not when you pay the credit card company). Make sure that your donation is made by December 31 the year in which you plan to claim a deduction.
- What Charitable Organizations Are Considered Qualified?
Most charitable organizations qualify for tax-deductible donations, but not all. Look for the 501(c)(3) designation to be absolutely sure. Some organizations, such as churches or other religious groups are not required to register as IRS tax-exempt charities in order to receive tax-deductible donations. The charity will tell you if your donation is tax deductible, plus you can search for the charity at the IRS website. Yes, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center qualifies.
Tax deductions are not allowed for donations to an individual, a foreign government, foreign charities, political parties, political campaigns, or political action committees.
What Is a 501(c)(3)?
- Is There a Charitable Tax Deduction for Giving Internationally?
We are all concerned about good causes abroad, and most of us do want to give globally. But, what are the implications for your charitable tax deduction? If the charity is registered in the U.S. as a charitable organization, you can take a deduction for your donation. If the charity is not registered, there is no tax deduction. Many, many nonprofits that are registered in the U.S. provide international aid.
Taxes and International Giving
- Is There a Limit on How Much I Can Donate and Still Get A Tax Deduction?
There are no limits on contributions to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center for most taxpayers. Most of us will be able to deduct cash contributions in full up to 50% of our adjusted gross income. There are other limitations that come into play should you make significant contributions of property or appreciated capital gains. If you fall into these categories, be sure to consult with your tax adviser to see if your deductions will be limited. This is great news for you and for Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.
- How Do I Handle Deductions for Non-Cash Donations to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center?
There are rules for non-cash donations such as property or outdated vehicles (non-diesel trucks) or office equipment.
For property owned for more than a year, the deduction is usually equal to the property’s fair market value.
Donated goods must be in “good condition or better,” according to the IRS. You must have a receipt for the goods from the charity to claim a deduction. If you donate non-cash items with a total value of more than $500, you must file IRS Form 8283 with your return. You may need a qualified appraisal if you donate an item or a group of items with a value of more than $5,000.
- Can I Get a Deduction for Donating My Car?
Making a car donation to a worthy charity seems like a good move, but, unfortunately, car donation is an area of charity that is rife with fraud and misleading information.
To receive a deduction for the donation of a car, truck, boat, airplane or any other vehicle, the item must be worth more than $500, and you must have a written acknowledgement from the charity.
Check out our suggestions for a happy outcome for you, the charity and your car.
- Can I Take a Deduction for My Volunteer Work?
No, you can’t deduct the value of your time spent on charitable work as a charitable donation, but you can deduct your out-of-pocket costs such as mileage, currently set at 14 cents per mile. Other possible deductions for expenses include your travel to volunteer abroad or even in another state.
- What Documentation Is Required for Deductions for Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Contributions?
To claim a deduction for cash, check, or other monetary gift, you must have a written confirmation from Fossil Rim Wildlife Center that contains all of our information the date of the contribution and amount of the contribution. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is only required to provide written acknowledgement for donations over $250, but most do provide some sort of receipt no matter what size of donation you provide.
For contributions less than $250, if a receipt has not been provided, a cancelled check or a bank record will suffice. You cannot deduct casual donations that you drop into a charity’s collection box or bucket without a receipt.
If you receive some goods or services in exchange for your donation, the charity must specify the value of those goods or services. You can only deduct the amount of your donation that is above that value. The paperwork from your donation to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center should spell out what is deductible.
- What If I Gave Through My Mobile Phone?
If you text a donation to any charity, use your phone bill as your receipt. It should list the date, amount donated and the name of the charity. When you text-to-give to a charitable organization, the nonprofit does not receive information about who you are... you are anonymous. Therefore, you won’t receive a receipt from that charity. The charge for the donation appears on your phone bill. And we at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center will want to engage your interest with us, we will do everything we can to acknowledge your gift.
What if Fossil Rim Wildlife Center earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!
GoodSearch.com is a new Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!
GoodShop.com is a new online shopping mall which donates up to 30 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause! Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, ebay, Macy’s and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you’ll be supporting your favorite cause.
And if you download the GoodSearch – Fossil Rim Wildlife Center toolbar, our cause will earn money every time you shop and search online - even if you forget to go to GoodShop or GoodSearch first! Add the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center toolbar by clicking here.
Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Donation Program
Kroger Card Program has renewed Fossil Rim for 2011-2012. Please renew your Kroger Card with the Fossil Rim barcode after July 1, 2011!
Thank you to everyone who has supported Fossil Rim by having the Fossil Rim barcode scanned to your Kroger Card. Your efforts raised $742.00 donated by Kroger for 2009-2010, based on your Kroger purchases with no cost to you!
Each year, Kroger starts the donation program again, and Fossil Rim must apply and be accepted. In addition, all of our supporters will need to update their Kroger cards for 2011/2012 beginning July 1, 2011.
To update your card and support Fossil Rim at NO COST to you, you’ll need a copy of the barcode assigned for Fossil Rim Wildlife Center which is found by clicking the following link, on the Kroger web site: www.krogerneighbortoneighbor.com (click on “Find Your Organization” and follow the instructions to download it from their web site), pick up a printed copy from the Fossil Rim Visitor Center or click the link at the end of this article.
Take the barcode to any Kroger store with your Kroger Plus Card. The cashier will scan the barcode into your Kroger Plus Card, and you will be set to support Fossil Rim Wildlife Center for a 2011-2012 donation made by Kroger based on your purchases, and at no cost to you.
Your Kroger Card must be for this year’s program beginning July 1, 2011, or your card will not be valid for participation in this program year. Please do not scan the barcode/card prior to 7/1/2011 or it will not be validated for the program.
Thank you for supporting Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.
Click here to download the Fossil Rim Barcode and instructions.
Cell Phone Collection Drive
Fossil Rim now participates in the Eco-Cell recycling program, and you can help! Check out the details of how you will be helping Fossil Rim AND our environment at www.eco-cell.com! This is a great way to help your family, coworkers and organizations become more aware of the importance of recycling and “going green”! Simply donate your cell phone (working or not, no matter how old) with or without chargers and batteries.
Email Eco-Cell or call toll free at 888.326.3357 to request a free shipping label. No special packaging required, just put them in a box with a note stating the donation is for Fossil Rim, and tape it securely. Apply the label, schedule a pick up from the carrier, and you’re done!
Your efforts will result in a cash donation to Fossil Rim as well as helping our environment at the same time, and all at no cost to you! If you will be visiting Fossil Rim, we have collection boxes located at the Visitors’ Center and the Nature Store. Just drop them in!
Please feel free to contact us at 254.897.2960 if you have any questions about how to participate.
Give to Fossil Rim what you can, our animals will appreciate it!