January 2018 ushered in a new tax law with many sweeping changes. The 503-page document left many CAI supporters wondering how their donations to charities will be affected, and what to do about the loss of possible deductions. There is good news as the new tax law preserves the IRA charitable rollover rules, more appropriately called a qualified charitable distribution (QCD), making it permanent. This allows donors to continue to donate directly from their IRA to nonprofit organizations like CAI. The new tax bill streamlines giving options through your IRA and opens up more opportunities to make a charitable donation through your IRA when it’s most convenient for you.
Suddenly it’s November. Snow is falling gently outside the window at CAI, and this year’s Journey of Hope magazine is at the printer ready to display a year’s worth of progress, challenge, and hope in its glossy pages. Gift-giving season has snuck up on us once again, and this year CAI is trying something new, a gift catalogue with a variety of charitable choices that make a meaningful gift for friends and family. Each gift in the catalogue goes directly to programs overseas, so you can be sure your donation gifts are doing the most good.
When you think about your legacy, what comes to mind? Is it your children and grandchildren? Is it a property or business? What about a path forward? Many people associate a legacy with something that lasts after we are gone, but a legacy is a path that connects the past with the present and acts as a guide for the future.
Giving can also be tied to faith. In Religions like Buddhism, Christianity Judaism and Islam, giving to the poor or less fortunate is woven into the fabrics of devotion. Giving up a portion of your income can signify faith and thankfulness for God’s gifts throughout the year.
Learn more about the tax benefits of donating to qualified charities. Donations help you determine where your taxes get used.
Over the course of 40 days, she raised $235.24 in loose change from neighbors and classmates...in pennies alone she raised $61.50, that’s 6,150 pennies! We rolled a lot of coins and took them to the bank to have them cashed, and then we sent a check, to Pennies for Peace for $470.48!
This spring, CAI received one of the most touching grants for education in our twenty-year history. It wasn’t the size of the grant that honored us the most; it was the group of students from the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) who chose to support CAI’s mission of peace through education.
But this hasn’t deterred CAI Executive Director Jim Thaden from digging into a pint of Ben & Jerry’s AmeriCone Dream – an ice cream flavor created in partnership with Late Show television host, Stephen Colbert.
Central Asia Institute (CAI) has completed and turned over to the Pakistan government a 34,000-square-foot university library in one of the most volatile regions of the country.
Education heroes rise above hardship in 2014 ‘Journey of Hope’
“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results… but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.” – Novelist George R.R. Martin
In some parts of the world, just getting up in the morning, putting your shoes on, and going to school is one of the bravest things […]