Giving Tuesday

How You Can Help


What is #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday (or #GivingTuesday) is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a worldwide movement that empowers people and organizations from all over the globe to transform their communities through charitable giving.

Learning is unique for each individual and occurs in all spheres of life.  For those who struggle with the process of learning, additional support provides opportunities for growth and increased independence.  LAUNCH strives to provide services and supports that promote lifelong learning and growth. 

How does Giving Tuesday help LAUNCH in 2020? 

It’s probably no surprise that 2020 was full of unanticipated challenges for most nonprofits. While it’s true that Giving Tuesday provides huge benefits to community-oriented programs every year since it’s inception, there has perhaps been no year more important for #GivingTuesday donations than 2020. Some of the unique challenges LAUNCH faced this year include: 

  • Services in April were reduced by 60-70% of previous amounts in previous years due to COVID-19.
  • Some clients had issues with obtaining wifi and/or a computer making remote service delivery difficult or impossible.
  • Clients faced isolation without access to LAUNCH support and services during the quarantine period
  • Our Summer Programs could not be held for the first time in 25 years 
  • Increased PPE costs to the agency to ensure the safety of our clients and staff
  • The annual Golf Tournament couldn’t be held in its full capacity due to the restriction on groups 
  • We were able to move to a new space but couldn’t afford a full kitchen due to decreased income 

Our challenges were made even more difficult due to the financial burdens and constraints placed on our usual donors and fundraising events. That’s why virtual events like #GivingTuesday are so important — you can help us achieve our mission from the comfort and safety of your living room!

How You Can Help

How can the community donate to LAUNCH during Giving Tuesday? 

There are two main ways you can help us achieve our fundraising goals and help us provide our clients with crucial resources, programs, and services. No matter which way you choose to donate — please know that no amount of money is too small to make a difference. 

Donating directly to our donation page

We have a dedicated donation page where you can give funds directly. If you’re not sure how much to donate, we have outlined a few of our typical costs below, as well as the cost of some items that we urgently need. We would love it if you could wholly or partially donate to the cost of one of these items or kits, but any donation amount will help us achieve our goal and serve our community! 

Some of our typical costs and more urgent needs include: 

  • $20 - Supply kit for Adult recreation for a holiday project
  • $35 - Small appliance for cooking classes (like a: crockpot, electric skillet, Instapot, or toaster oven) 
  • $50 - One hour of Educational Consulting Services
  • $100 - Clothing for employment clients so they have something to wear to a job interview
  • $163 - One week of summer education camp for a child
  • $300 - Refurbished computer for client use
  • $400 - Dishwasher
  • $500 - Kitchen Island on wheels for two clients to work on cooking skills at opposite sides of the room to ensure social distancing

Donating through Amazon

We have a dedicated Amazon Wishlist where you can purchase items for us and they will be sent directly to LAUNCH. We have items at virtually every price point and there is no such thing as “too small” of an item to donate! We are so appreciative of any support we receive!


Linda's Journey

Linda's smile and enthusiasm for learning is evident every day at LAUNCH.  Linda came to LAUNCH through the Community Habilitation program.  LAUNCH's Com Hab program provides one-to-one training to develop or enhance the skills needed to live more independently in their homes or in the community. Linda was very focused on learning these skills as well as wanting to help in areas for LAUNCH including volunteering. When there is a project to complete, Linda is right there helping.  When LAUNCH has an event, Linda is the first to volunteer.  Linda recently began working with LAUNCH's Employment department where individuals are supported with job searches, exploration and career development.  LAUNCH's goal is to serve and support anyone who seeks support for learning - like Linda!     



Give While the Giving is Good: CARES Act Charitable Giving Incentives Expiring December 31

Among the many forms of relief included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, certain “limited-time only” enhanced tax benefits for charitable giving are of particular note as we head into the end of the year. Many donors may not be aware of these incentives – or that they are expiring soon – and so nonprofits may want to consider including a reminder in year-end solicitation materials.

The following are a few key provisions:

  • Universal Charitable Contribution Deduction. Taxpayers who elect not to itemize deductions are eligible to receive a tax deduction of up to $300 for cash donations to charitable organizations described in Internal Revenue Code Section 170 (b)(1)(A).
  • Elevated Cash Deduction Limits. Taxpayers who do elect to itemize deductions may now deduct contributions to the extent of their contribution bases, up to 100% of their 2020 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). Corporate donation limits have increased from 10% to 25% of taxable income for 2020.
  • Food Donations. Food donation deductions have increased from 15% to 25% for 2020, including donated food inventory from restaurants and smaller donations to local food pantries for the care of the ill, needy or infants.

As always, any communications to your donors that include any mention of potential tax benefits should expressly state that such benefits are only potentially available, and should encourage donors to talk to their own tax advisors to determine their eligibility. 

If you have any questions or concerns related to the charitable giving incentives provided in the CARES Act, please contact Thomas W. SimcoeDelaney M. R. Knapp or the attorney at the firm with whom you are regularly in contact.