Today, I’m posting answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions.
Q – How can I make a donation to the Sandy Hook Support Fund? Check donations may be mailed to:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund,
c/o Newtown Savings Bank,
39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470
Or may be dropped off at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location http://www.nsbonline.com/about-us/locations.aspx
Credit Card and Debit Card donations can be made at https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/.
Q – Will the donations made to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund go to the families of the victims? The proceeds will be used to help the Newtown/Sandy Hook community in their efforts to deal with this tragedy. There will be no United Way management fees attached to any donations to this Fund.
Q – Will my donation be tax deductible? United Way of Western Connecticut, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is serving as the fiduciary for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. All donations to this fund are tax deductible to fullest extent of the law. The United Way plans to send a receipt to donors.
Q – I want to make a donation on behalf of someone as a gift. We are not able to receive a donation in someone else’s name, but we do have a gift card available at all branches that you can fill out and forward to the person that you are donating in honor of. Please note, we are not able to mail these or complete these on your behalf, and they are not receipts.
Q- I want to designate my donation to benefit a certain family or purpose. We are only accepting undesignated donations to this fund.
Q – I need to register my charitable donation to your nonprofit org for my company’s matching gifts program. Refer or forward to: Lisa Alexander – United Way of Western Connecticut, 85 West Street, Danbury, CT 06810 Tel: 203-792-5330 x234 email@example.com.
One final thought: Many people have asked about conducting a private fund raiser to benefit the Sandy Hook School Support Fund and other funds. I admire their efforts and I caution people to be careful. Many people (both fund raisers and donors) are not aware of the potential tax consequences or legalities that are associated with their collection efforts, so please consult a tax professional or an attorney during your planning of a private fund raiser.