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Linn-Mar School Foundation

Giving

WAYS TO SUPPORT
There are a number of ways to support the work of the Linn-Mar School Foundation to help elevate student learning and fund classroom needs that school budgets alone cannot meet.  Thank you for considering these giving options to benefit Linn-Mar.

MATCHING GIFTS AND VOLUNTEER GRANT PROGRAMS
Many local and national companies offer matching gift programs that can essentially double or triple a gift you make to the Linn-Mar School Foundation. Matching gifts make a tremendous impact at Linn-Mar and provided over $25,000 in additional funding for our classrooms each year.  Volunteer Grant programs are also being offered by companies to both encourage their employees to be active in the communities where they work and live and recognize and reward you for lending your time and talents to a non-profit of your choice. 

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SMART MONEY, THE ANNUAL FUND FOR LINN-MAR
Smart Money contributions focus on educational programs and projects that need funding in the current year.  Smart Money letters are distributed throughout our district in November, however, donations to this fund are accepted at any time during the year.

UNRESTRICTED GIFTS
Gifts of any size can be made to the Foundation.  These funds are distributed to our ten schools through our grant program.  School administrators and teachers apply for grants from the Foundation to fund innovative ideas, enrichment programming and fundamental curriculum needs.  All size gifts to the Foundation are 100% tax deductible and may qualify for corporate matching funds from your employer.

DESIGNATED GIFTS
The Linn-Mar Foundation accepts gifts to benefit a particular school or program in the Linn-Mar Community School District.  Your gift will be directed to the school or program you choose.  All size gifts to the Foundation are 100% tax deductible and may qualify for corporate matching funds from your employer.

SIGN UP FOR MONTHLY GIVING
The saying "A little goes a long way", it's true!  Donors who choose a monthly gift to the Foundation can spread a donation over a full calendar year.   Automatic credit card billing will be processed for you with a tax receipt provided at year-end.  As a thank you to monthly donors, the Foundation will send you a newsletter on Foundation & district news and complimentary invitations to attend a select Linn-Mar event each year.

ENDOWMENT GIVING – BEYOND, THE CAMPAIGN FOR LINN-MAR'S FUTURE
Linn-Mar School Foundation's Beyond endowment is a permanent pool of funds held at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation generating interest income every year. Currently, up to 4.5 percent of the fund's annual earned interest is available for distribution in our schools in support of excellence and innovation. Growing our endowment continues to be an ongoing priority for the Foundation, our short-range goal is to reach the one-million dollar milestone.  Iowa tax credits of 25% are available through the Endow Iowa in addition to federal charitable income tax deductions for charitable giving.  Please contact the Foundation for an information packet on endowment giving.

UNITED WAY
You may designate the Linn-Mar School Foundation when you donate through United Way. Simply write us in on your giving form.   The Linn-Mar Foundation EIN number is 42-1267125.

PLANNED GIVING – YOUR LEGACY MATTERS
The Linn-Mar School Foundation would be honored to meet the wishes and desires of a benefactor who wishes to make a planned or deferred gift.   Our Lion Legacy Society was designed to assist donors who wish to impact education at Linn-Mar now and in the future.  Your trust officer or financial advisor can direct you on many available planned giving options.

SCHOLARSHIPS & MEMORIALS
The Foundation is honored and privileged to manage a large number of scholarship and memorial funds.  These funds were created by individuals, families and businesses who want to honor special people or interests by investing in the future of Linn-Mar students.  Contact the Executive Director of the Foundation to discuss this giving option.

NON-MONETARY SUPPORT

VOLUNTEER
We have jobs of all sizes, committee work, projects, graphic design needs, event planning, board of directors positions.  Our Foundation volunteers are worth their weight in gold!

VOLUNTEER "DOLLARS FOR DOING" PROGRAMS
Many companies encourage their employees to volunteer in the community.  Some companies even have programs to recognize & reward employees for giving their time.   If an employee reaches a specified goal of volunteer hours set by the company in a year, participating companies will award a charity of the employee's choice a cash award.  The Linn-Mar Foundation has received cash awards to benefit Linn-Mar from companies who have these programs including, Alliant Energy, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cargill, US Bank, and Verizon.  Feel free to check with your human resource department if they have a similar volunteer program.

SIGN UP FOR CLASSROOM CASH
Hills Bank & Trust debit card customers can designate the Linn-Mar School Foundation as your designee of choice in the bank's Classroom Cash program.  Each time you use your debit card, Hills Bank donates money back to the school of your choice at no extra cost to you.  Since 2004, the Linn-Mar Foundation has received $12,003.02 through this program.  Read more about the Classroom Cash program.

MATCHING GIFT COMPANIES
Many companies have matching gift programs that can essentially double a gift you make to the Linn-Mar School Foundation.  Check with your human resource department for more information and how to apply for matching funds.  Click here for a listing of matching companies we are aware of.