Donations to CHSC enable us to provide free and reduced cost programs and services to our community. Support is given in many ways: through our Annual Fund, special events, memorials and tributes, and planned giving. We are grateful to all of our donors for helping us achieve our vision of a community in which every individual communicates effectively.

  • This past year, we provided over $1 million in low-to-no cost care to the community.
  • 82% of the money we raise goes to direct services.
  • Because of our generous donors, last year 82% of hearing aids and 90% of speech services were provided at low-to-no cost to clients.
  • Fundraising efforts allow us to provide 100% free services from our Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • To learn more about the impact that CHSC has in the community, click here to read our Communication Matters magazine and our Annual Reports.

 

A special tax break for retiree charitable donations

Every dollar creates a great impact on the program and services offered at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center. When you support CHSC, you help: sustain and grow new programs that are desperately needed in our community, help continue to provide free and reduced cost-care and serve more people who need us.

 

Did you know that you may qualify for a special tax break for retiree charitable donations?

 

Annual withdrawals from retirement accounts are required for retirees after ages 70 ½.  These withdrawals are called required minimum distributions (RMD).  If you are fortunate to not need your RMD for living expenses and want to support CHSC, you can avoid federal and Ohio income taxes by donating your RMD.  And you can take advantage of this regardless of if you itemize or take the standard deduction.
 
Individuals can annually transfer up to $100,000 per person to an eligible charity without paying federal or Ohio income taxes on the transaction.  These contributions can only be made from IRAs and must be transferred directly from the IRA trustee to the eligible charity.  If you withdraw the money and donate it later, it will not qualify. 
 
For the distribution to count toward your current year’s RMD, the funds must come out of your IRA by December 31.  If you are 70 ½ or older, own an IRA, and want to support CHSC, this may make sense for you; consult your tax advisor regarding your specific situation.
 
This material is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified tax advisor, attorney, and accountant or insurance advisor. Consultation with the appropriate professional should be done before any financial commitments regarding the issues related to the situation are made.

WAYS TO GIVE

Follow the links below to learn about donation options:

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By Mail/Phone

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Planned Giving

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Corporate Philanthropy

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Fundraising & Events

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You are invited to learn more about some of the people served through our programs. Their videos and stories will hopefully demonstrate the true impact your gift makes every day at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center.

SUCCESS STORIES

In 2015, Ruby’s husband passed away and Ruby was laid off from her job. She reached out to the Community Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing as her house of many years was on the brink of foreclosure. Her deaf advocate provided her with no-cost support—saving her home, connecting her with a new job and providing social connections with others in the Deaf community.

After a healthy pregnancy and birth, Christie and Josh Hersman were shocked when an auditory test confirmed their baby Ava had hearing loss. Early intervention home visits from a CHSC audiologist supported Ava’s hearing and development from an early age and taught the family to advocate for her needs once Ava entered school.

At two, Brandonn was diagnosed with autism and wasn’t speaking at all. Because of supporters like you, Brandonn received speech therapy at CHSC, where he learned basic sign language, how to form simple sounds, and complete sentences. With consistent support, Brandonn has become a cheerful chatterbox who loves to greet his therapist weekly!

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