“I wouldn’t change you for the world, but I would change the world for you!” -- Unknown Parent

Parenthood is truly a journey - a series of twists and turns, realized dreams and the many obstacles along the way. Becoming a parent changes you. Forever.

Every day, parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs face struggles most of us cannot imagine. The current crisis only increases these challenges for our families.

Family Connection of South Carolina has helped more than 100,000 families since 1990 but our work is not done. With added services since 2015, referrals are up 82%. The need for our families is greater than ever.

You can help us connect families throughout our state with the resources and information needed to help their children lead rich, full lives! Make a gift today!

Or donate by mail at Family Connection of South Carolina, 1800 St. Julian Place, Suite 104, Columbia, SC 29204.

Donations and support from individuals, partner organizations and businesses across the state help us leverage grants and public funds, allowing Family Connection to change lives by making connections, raising awareness and promoting inclusion for those with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

Tips for Year-End Giving Easy

Talk to your advisor.

With the many changes in the tax laws with both the SECURE (2019) and CARES (2020) Acts, please reach out to your professional advisors earlier this year. There are nuances that only apply to 2020 that will not exist in 2021 if the current tax laws remain in place.

Create a fund through your estate plans to provide ongoing support to charities most meaningful to you.

Work with your advisors to set up a fund through your estate that maximizes your charitable giving and minimizes your tax impact.

Plan the timing of your gift.

A gift by check is complete when mailed (postmarked), even if the check is not cashed until the following year. Gifts by credit card are complete when your credit card account is charged.

Consider a stock gift.

Gifts of appreciated stock have the double tax benefit of avoiding capital gains tax on the appreciated value while receiving a deduction for the fair-market-value of the appreciated gift. Please consult your tax advisor because there are some deduction limits to stock donations depending on your income and situation.

Think about making a Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) from your IRA.

Although Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) were waived in 2020 for most donors, making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) this year will still allow itemizers and non-itemizers alike to direct up to $100,000 from their IRA to charity in a tax-efficient manner. Note: The IRS does not allow IRA funds to flow into a donor-advised fund. However, donors can create designated or field-of-interest funds with their IRA distribution. These funds can be set up in one meeting.

This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results.


Your support is vital to our efforts to serve families throughout South Carolina.

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