Project S.O.S. - Share Our Stimulus

SOS LOGOBurke County United Way is launching Project S.O.S., "Share Our Stimulus," a fund for stimulus check donations to be redirected toward our Keep Learning Moving Forward Campaign.

Approximately 150 million Americans will receive a stimulus check from the federal government in 2021 as a result of the $2.2 trillion rescue package. (

What if each of us committed to sharing even a small portion of our stimulus check with those who need it most?


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Our Students Need Computers

Technology is now paramount to learning.

Whether students are learning from home or in the classroom, the fact remains the same: Technology is now an important part of learning. Personal computers are a major tool in education.

Burke County Public Schools identified the need to replace older laptops that no longer perform at optimum capacity.

Donations to Project S.O.S. will go directly toward purchasing new Google Chromebooks for Burke County Public Schools students.

Consider redirecting your stimulus check toward education in our community.


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One of Burke County United Way's pillars of focus is Education. Learn more here.

Current Tax Benefits to Giving in 2021

Under current law, taxpayers who use the standard deduction are eligible for the universal charitable deduction, which applies to the first $300 in cash donations for individual taxpayers and the first $600 for married couples filing jointly for 2021 (last year, the deduction was capped at $300 for both individual taxpayers and for married couples filing jointly).

A bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced the Universal Giving Pandemic Response and Recovery Act in the U.S. Senate (S.618) and U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 1704). The Universal Giving Pandemic Response and Recovery Act would expand and extend the current deduction for charitable giving by allowing taxpayers who use the standard deduction to also take a deduction for their charitable giving up to one-third of the standard deduction level (around $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for married couples filing jointly) in 2021 and 2022. It is possible that Congress could take up the bill on its own or include it in a larger piece of tax legislation later this year.

(Source: NC Center for Nonprofits)