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We’ve been working hard to help the abused and neglected youth in our community find safe, permanent homes. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

2019 Friend of CASA Award

The Friend of CASA Award was to have been presented in March during our 2020 Reverse Your Luck fundraising gala in Yankton. Because of the outbreak of Covid-19, that fundraiser was cancelled, and along with it we had to postpone the Friend of CASA Award announcement.

We kept waiting for a time when Southeast CASA was having “something special” so that we could incorporate this award presentation. The pandemic put a stop to any large events, so we used the Nov. 12th Open House at our new office location to make the Friend of CASA Award presentation to Janet Stark of ALC Event Design.

“Janet has graciously assisted Southeast CASA with each of its gala events since we began hosting them in 2015. Whenever we asked for her help, she was quick to say “Yes!” Because of Janet’s generosity, not only did our events look first-rate, but Southeast CASA was able to raise more funds to provide CASA advocacy for local children who had been abused or severely neglected. All of our current and past board members join the Southeast CASA staff and volunteers in thanking Janet for her invaluable support for the CASA kids,” Said Sherri Rodgers-Conti during the presentation of the award.

Office Relocation Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Southeast CASA has moved! Our offices are now at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton.

We celebrated our new office location with an Open House and ribbon cutting on Nov. 12, 2020. The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and some of our board members and agency partners were on hand to see the new office and conduct the ribbon cutting. Thanks to those who attended!

L to R in photo above: Tyler Buckman, Daisey Kamback, Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Jesse Bailey, Kaye O'Neal, Emily Monier, and Sara Livingston.

Our New Yankton Office Location

Southeast CASA is now located at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton, just west of Mozak's Flooring at 15th and Broadway Ave.

 

2018 Friend of CASA Award

At the 2019 "Reverse Your Luck" fundraising gala, Tom Andera was recognized as the first "Friend of CASA" award recipient. Tom is the owner of Andera Bookkeeping and Tax Services in Yankton. He has been assisting Southeast CASA with its payroll processing since 2011. Because of Tom's invaluable assistance, Southeast CASA is able to help more abused and neglected children in our area. Thanks for all you do for the CASA kids, Tom!

  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major Sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • Wintz & Ray Funeral Home
    Wintz & Ray Funeral Home

    Annual sponsor

  • Vishay
    Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency

How to Make Sure Giving Back Counts at Tax Time

There are those who enjoy crunching numbers, and those who would love to be doing anything else. With March underway and April just around the corner, you may be dreading a certain time of year that’s all but looming—tax time. 

Luckily for you, tax time isn’t all bad. As it turns out, doing good in the world can have a positive impact on your taxes! If you were dedicated to helping a certified 501(c)(3) organization in 2020, there are ways for you to benefit on your tax return. Check out how you can keep track of your charitable contributions throughout the year, as well as what you can write off come tax time.

 

Make Sure It Counts

To be considered for any sort of tax deduction, an organization must have a 501(c)(3) status and be recognized by the Internal Service Revenue. Do a quick Google search or check the IRS website to ensure that the organization you volunteered for, or donated to, is in good standing in order to be recognized on your tax return. If the name is on the list, you’re good to proceed. 

 

Collect Receipts

As with all tax documents, you should keep a record of the money you contributed throughout the year, as well as documented volunteer opportunities you completed. Whether the receipts are paper or electronic, ask the organization for documentation if it has not already been provided. This includes any receipts for volunteer tracking, not just donations.

 

Write Off Your Donations

You did a great thing by donating your hard-earned cash to help a nonprofit in need, and that act does not go unnoticed. Make sure you have records from the organization that include the date and amounts given. That way, you can write off these charitable donations during tax time. Once again, make sure the charity is on the list of organizations laid out by the IRS and consult your tax advisor.

 

Write Off Volunteering and Related Expenses

Many people are aware that they can write off donations they make throughout the year. However, your time is also valuable when it comes to tax season. If you contributed out of pocket to volunteer throughout the year, you may be able to receive a deduction. 

For example, if you used your car for charitable activities, you could deduct a flat rate for gas mileage. If you needed to travel primarily for the work of the organization, you may be able to write off those costs, as well. Just like your donations, you’ll need some form of receipt showing that the volunteer activities occurred. Write down as much detail as you can related to the volunteer opportunities, and make sure you can get official documentation from the organization confirming your volunteer duties and the dates specified. If you have related receipts, save them and use them to confirm if necessary. 

 

As always, please consult your tax advisor to ensure that you are correctly documenting your giving and volunteer time, as well as to ensure that you are writing off the appropriate items. We see you doing your part to make the world a better place, and that doesn’t go unnoticed. Make sure to take the opportunities available on your taxes to give yourself a break.

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