Individual Giving

Thank you for your interest in supporting Rushford. Every gift to the Rushford Foundation symbolizes a commitment to the health and well-being of teens, adults and families in need.

The Rushford Foundation gives donors the opportunity to invest in an organization with a proven record of success building healthier communities. For more information, please contact Shauna Pangilinan, Director of Development, at 203.238.6807.

Gifts of Cash

Cash gifts can be used to offset up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. For people in the 28 percent tax bracket, a $10,000 cash gift can provide a direct benefit of $2,800 in the form of tax savings. The portion of the gift that exceeds 50 percent of your adjusted gross income may be carried forward for up to five additional years. Checks may be made payable to “Rushford Foundation.” Donate Now!

Credit Card Gifts

For donors who like the ease and convenience of making their gifts via a credit card, Rushford accepts donations through Visa and MasterCard. For many credit card owners, this is a sensible and easy way to make a gift to Rushford.

Automatic Bank Draft

Working with your bank or other financial institution, Rushford can help create a system for making an ongoing gift to support our mission. You simply sign a form, provide a voided check and feel confident in knowing that every month your contribution is helping make a difference.


Rushford readily accepts gifts of goods or services. In-kind gifts often help us to meet specific operational needs.

Matching Gifts

The company for which you or a relative works may have a corporate matching gift program. Rushford qualifies for many “Matching Gifts.” Taking advantage of this gift option through your company may allow you to double or even triple your gifts.

Personal Property

Gifts of personal property are always welcome. Charitable tax deductions are available in the year in which your gift is given and for up to five more tax years in order that a deduction may be fully used. For gifts which exceed $5,000 in value, the IRS requires the donor to have a “qualified appraisal” to substantiate the deduction. Rushford can help guide you in the process of giving personal property.

Appreciated Stock

Appreciated stock (held more than one year) makes an excellent gift. Not only do you avoid all capital gain taxes, but you also receive a tax deduction for the full fair market value of your gift. (The full value may be used to offset up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. The portion of the gift that exceeds the 30 percent threshold may be carried forward for as many as five additional years.) For example, 100 shares of stock purchased in 1980 for $15 per share may now be worth $90 per share or more. As the donor, you may take a deduction for $9,000, avoid all capital gains and the $9,000 gift costs you only $1,500.

Bonds, Mutual Funds

Bonds and mutual funds are similar to stocks in their tax treatment. A tax deduction for the full value of the gift is available if the bonds or mutual funds have been held for more than one year. Corporate, state, municipal, and U.S. Government bonds are excellent sources of gifts.