Our Campaign is ending soon!
Help us reach our goal of purchasing 50 additional Chromebooks by June 30!
K-12 education as we know it is changing rapidly because of COVID-19, and creating new challenges for students. Burke County students are in need of technology, school supplies, and general support services.
For low to moderate income families, new technology and school supplies can be cost-prohibitive. Data from the NC Child report states that 56.3% of Burke County children live in poor or low-income homes.
Burke County United Way and Burke County Public schools are responding the ongoing needs of students. Together as a community, we can provide our students with the tools they need for a safe and successful school year.
How this Program is Helping our Students
Iker R., a rising third grader at Icard Elementary was given an internet hotspot to help provide a strong internet connection in his home, giving him the opportunity to be a part of Burke County Public School's Jumpstart, a virtual summer reading program. He was able to complete all of his assignments and use skills he learned with his teacher to help improve his reading abilities.
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)
Thank you to our Champion of Education Sponsor
Thank you to our generous supporters, William and Georgia Collett.