Make Your Gift Go Further: Employee Matching Gift Programs

Volunteers in the nurseryMany employers offer matching gift programs. How does it work? You give a gift and your employer does the same to match that gift.  It is an easy way to double or even triple your charitable contribution to your favorite non-profit. Some companies also provide matching gifts for spouses, retirees, or employee volunteer hours.

Matching gifts programs were founded in the 1950’s by General Electric to increase giving to colleges and universities. Now these programs are available for any public charity and are a chance to make your donation stretch further! There are a few simple ways to find out if you can match your gift to Save The Bay:

1) Check your company’s intranet or website for Matching Gifts. Most companies will make a basic form available for you to fill out to match your donation.

2) Check with your HR department to ask if your company matches employee donations.

3) How do I match my gift to Save The Bay? Save The Bay’s tax ID number is 94-6078420. Forms can be mailed to Save The Bay, 1330 Broadway, Suite 1800, Oakland, CA 94612. Once we receive the request, your company sends its matching donation directly to Save The Bay.

Do you regularly volunteer your time and talent? Many companies support employees giving back with their time and have programs to earn money for organizations that are meaningful to them. After a minimum number of hours, a donation may be made by your employer. Use the same steps listed above to find out if your company has a volunteer matching program.

Save The Bay provides education and restoration programs to 7,000 students and adult volunteers, including corporate volunteer programs. It is a great hands on opportunity to learn about the Bay and help us protect and restore vital wetland habitats and vastly improve our water quality.

If you want more information about how to double or triple your impact through employee matching gifts, just give us a call and we’ll help you. Email or call Kristina Watson at kwatson@saveSFbay.org or (510) 463-6820.

You can find more information about matching gifts on our website: www.saveSFbay.org/workplace-giving.

-Kristina Watson, Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager

Stock Can Be Donated Too! And It’s Got Some Advantages…

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Your gift helps restore and protect San Francisco Bay.

Did you know that donating appreciated stock can actually save you money on your taxes? For Save The Bay, it’s just as easy to accept stock donations as any other form of charitable giving.

We use your stock donation like we would any other gift. Your donation goes towards renewing our efforts to stop Cargill from paving over vital and natural habitat, providing education and restoration programs to 7,000 students and adult volunteers, and engaging cities to reduce trash and pollution that will vastly improve our bay water quality.

If you own stock, you can avoid taxes on the appreciated value and take a charitable deduction by giving stock to your favorite non-profit. Just by asking your broker to transfer the shares to your preferred charity you can “double up” on your deductions and reap the most of charitable benefits.

There is one catch though: You must have held onto the securities for over 1 year. If you are donating stock that has been held for more than 1 year, it is considered “qualified appreciated stock” and allows for the maximum deduction on the appreciated value, instead of the initial cost.

It may seem slightly confusing (or more time consuming), but it’s actually very easy. Your broker will handle all the details of the transaction, you’ll get the added incentive of not paying taxes on the appreciated stock value, and your gift will help Save The Bay.

If you want to donate stock, please just give us a call and we’ll provide you with the information your broker needs. Please email or call Alex Page at apage@saveSFbay.org or (510) 463-6821.

You can find more information about stock donations on our website: www.saveSFbay.org/stock

Alex Page, Major Gifts Manager

Legacy Giving: Planning for the Future

Save The Bay’s co-founder Sylvia McLaughlin plants a seedling with the next generation of Bay savers. Plant your own seeds with a legacy gift for the Bay. Photo: Dan Sullivan

Save The Bay is pleased to announce a new set of Planned Giving pages on our website. We have taken this step to provide you with easy-to-understand information on making a planned gift.

Why?  We want to help you plan for your future and for the future of our San Francisco Bay restoration and protection programs. There are many options for you to consider when doing estate planning that will benefit you, your family, and Save The Bay.

Our new pages offer tips on how to communicate your plans with family members and with Save The Bay.  You will find information on creating a Will as an important planning tool for you and your family.

Further exploration of our Planned Giving pages will give you easy-to-use estate planning tools to compare charitable trusts, life insurance, appreciated stock, or outright bequests for tax purposes.  You can also Plan By Age, whether you’re under 40 or over 70.

We request that you always get the advice of your attorney or financial planner before making any final commitments to Save The Bay.  Our information is simply advisory and not legally binding in any way.

Don’t hesitate to contact Save The Bay with any comments or questions regarding how you can safeguard your family’s future while providing Save The Bay with the resources to safeguard San Francisco Bay’s wildlife and ecology for generations to come.

Visit www.savesfbay.org/legacygiving. Further Questions? Please contact Catherine Fox, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, by email, cfox(at)saveSFbay.org, by phone 510-463-6837, or at our Oakland headquarters:  Save The Bay, 1330 Broadway, Ste 1800, Oakland, CA 94612.

Catherine Fox, Director of Major and Planned Gifts

Opposition to Cargill erupts in Redwood City

Cargill & DMB developed a very big headache at the Planning Commission meeting in Redwood City last Tuesday night. Redwood City asked for their residents’ input on the proposed salt pond development, and that is exactly what they got – over three hours of it. The overflow crowd lined the walls, sat on the floors and spilled into the hallway, where a TV and portable speakers had to be set up to accommodate everyone. Not swayed by the developers’ slick and expensive presentation, the podium was packed with opponents to the project throughout the night – vastly outnumbering development supporters.

From the neighborhood associations to the mobile home parks and the garden clubs, Redwood City residents made it clear that they’re deeply concerned about this destructive development and will be fighting it at every step of the way.

You can watch the meeting here; public comments start with Joel Jensen’s great statement at 01:10 here.

Sadly, despite a September presentation by consultants emphasizing that CEQA was democracy in action, Redwood City actually suggested that “advocacy” would not be tolerated, and that “there shall be no debating the merits of the project.” Residents protested, their city attorney corrected them, and they put out edited slides crossing out the offending provisions.

What the slide seems to suggest is that unless you favor the project, Redwood City doesn’t want to hear from you.

That is unfortunately consistent with the 99-page “Notice of Preparation of Environmental Impact Report for proposed Saltworks Project” released by Redwood City which is reminiscent of the project that it purports to describe: fundamentally evasive about core environmental issues, numbingly large, and preferring to distract attention by emphasizing irrelevant details.

The NOP makes no mention of:

— the SF Bay Water Board’s recent letter to Redwood City stating the salt ponds to be “an important biological resource” providing “foraging and nesting habitat for a variety of birds.” (June 2010)

— the US EPA’s recent statement that Cargill’s Redwood City salt ponds are “critically important aquatic resources that warrant special attention and protection.” (Jan. 2010)

The NOP is clearly trying to advance the developers’ interest, not the public interest. City Councilmembers insisted in 2009 that the salt ponds be removed from Redwood City’s General Plan process at the explicit request of DMB, and their promise that this EIR would evaluate a broad range of visions for the property is now clearly broken.

— Stephen Knight, Political Director

GO Giants! GO AWAY Cargill!

The Phillies weren’t the only out-of-towners that were dealt a blow yesterday. As Giants fans were filing into AT&T Park, just before the Giants/Phillies NLCS game on the beautiful Bay shoreline, a banner was flying over the stadium telling Cargill and their luxury developer, DMB Associates, not to pave our precious San Francisco Bay. Fans were reminded that while our very own SF Giants are fighting for the National League title, corporate “giants” from Minnesota and Arizona are scheming to pave over and develop the very Bay that defines our region.

Check out some pics from the flyover!


If the fact that Minnesota-based agribiz giant Cargill has the gall to try to build a city on the Bay enrages you as much as it does us, sign the petition and learn more at DontPaveMyBay.org.