2019 Year End Giving Information

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Thank you for including Polaris as you plan your year-end giving.  There are a variety of ways to give to Polaris and more information on each way can be found below.  Please keep in mind important dates to ensure your gift counts in the 2019 calendar year.

The Polaris office is closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 as well as Tuesday, December 31 and Wednesday, January 1.  There will be limited staff available to assist donors on December 31 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm EST. Regular business operations will resume Thursday, January 2.

If you need assistance and wish to speak with a member of the Development Team by phone please call (202) 790-6300, or contact us via email at giving@polarisproject.org. Messages will be promptly returned during regular business hours. 

 

Gifts by Check:

Gifts made by check must be dated on or before December 31, 2019, to count in the 2019 calendar year.

Please mail checks payable to “Polaris” and mail checks to:

Polaris

Gift Processing Center

P.O. Box 392710 

Pittsburgh, PA 15251-9700

 

Gifts by Credit/Debit Card:

Gifts made online by credit/debit card must be received, charged, and approved before midnight EST on December 31, 2019, to count in the 2019 calendar year.  The credit/debit card is charged at the time the gift is made.

Please visit our 2019 Year End Donation Page to make an online donation.

If you wish to speak with a member of the Development team to make your credit/debit card donation, please call (202) 790-6300 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm EST.  Credit card gifts made over the phone must be received before 5:00 pm EST on December 30.  

If you wish to mail a credit card form, the gift must be received, charged, and processed before 5:00 pm on December 30.

 

Gifts by ACH or Wire Transfer:

You may also choose to make a gift directly from your bank account via ACH or wire transfer.  If you choose to make a gift through this method, please also contact the Development department at (202) 790-6300 or at giving@polarisproject.org to alert us of your gift.   The donor name is not always included with the transfer and contacting the team will ensure proper gift acknowledgment.  To make a gift via ACH or wire transfer, please use the following information:

Bank Name: Eagle Bank; www.eaglebankcorp.com

Account #: 200228401

Company ID: 1343340

Wire Information:

    Eagle Bank

7815 Woodmont Avenue

Bethesda, MD 20814

ABA/Routing #: 055003298

 

Gifts of Securities:

Polaris accepts gifts of stocks and securities that have appreciated in value.  Gifts of securities must be received into our brokerage account by the end of the trading day prior to or on December 31.  Please note that December 31 is the deadline for the funds to appear in our account and this requires time for brokers to transfer the gift of securities which can take extra days.  If you choose to make a gift of securities, please also contact the Development department at (202) 790-6300 or at giving@polarisproject.org to alert us of your gift, along with the name and number of shares you are transferring.  The donor name is not always included with the transfer and contacting the Development team will ensure proper gift acknowledgment.  To make a gift of securities, please provide the following instructions to your broker:

Bank Name: Charles Schwab

DTC #: 0164

Account Name: Polaris Project

Account Number: 97565251 

 

Gifts made through Donor Advised Funds:

Polaris accepts gifts made through Donor Advised Funds (DAFs).  DAFs allow donors to make a charitable contribution, receive a tax deduction at the time the gift is made, and then recommend gifts from that fund over time.  Gifts made through a DAF must be dated on or before December 31. If your DAF is set up through Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, or BNY Mellon you may use DAF Direct to make your contribution.  DAF Direct takes donors directly to their DAF and from there, donors can fill in the amount to complete your grant recommendation. Access DAF Direct here.  Polaris’s EIN number is: 03-0391561

 

Gifts made through IRA charitable contributions:

If you are 70½ years or older you can make a tax-free gift to Polaris directly from your IRA.  You may contribute up to $100,000 without incurring income tax on your withdrawal to a qualified nonprofit, such as Polaris, each year.  In addition, your gift also counts toward your Required Minimum Distribution. To ensure your gift is processed and counts in 2019 calendar year, please ensure the gift is dated on or before December 31.  If the donor name and address for acknowledgment purposes is not included with the gift, please contact a member of the Development team via phone at (202) 790-6300, or via email at giving@polarisproject.org with the information so we know to expect your gift.  Please mail checks payable to “ Polaris” and mail checks to:

Polaris

Gift Processing Center

P.O. Box 392710 

Pittsburgh, PA 15251-9700

 

Non-cash Gifts:

If you wish to support Polaris, but do not wish to donate cash there are several other ways you can contribute to our mission:

Amazon Smile: When you shop on Amazon.com and choose Polaris, we receive a portion of your purchase as a donation. Visit Amazon Smile and select Polaris as the charitable organization you wish to receive donations from your purchases. Amazon will remember your selection, and every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. You can continue to shop as you normally would, knowing that your money is going to support Polaris programs and victims of trafficking who are seeking help and services.

Hotel and Airline Points: To learn about how you can donate your Delta SkyMiles, Marriott Rewards Points, or Wyndham Rewards Points please visit our Donate Hotel Rewards and Airline Miles page. 

 

Fundraise for Polaris:

Give the gift that gives back this holiday season by raising money to fight human trafficking.  To learn more about how to fundraise for us, check out our DIY fundraising page.

Fundraise: Start a fundraiser for Polaris and raise money for any occasion from friends, family, colleagues, and others.

Facebook: Ask your friends and family for donations to Polaris in lieu of gifts this holiday season via Facebook fundraising. It’s a fun and easy way to celebrate the holidays and contribute to an important cause.

Instagram: To start a fundraiser using Instagram, visit the Instagram support page to learn how to add a ‘Donate’ sticker to your story to raise funds for Polaris. 

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