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CHADS mission is to save young lives by advancing the awareness and prevention of depression and suicide. Learn more about CHADS here. Learn about how your donation will help below. Contributions to CHADS may be tax deductible.


Illuminators

Become an Illuminator:

The Illuminators Giving Club is a way for CHADS supporters to really get up close and personal with CHADS' mission to save young lives. It's through our Illuminators that we receive sustained funding for one of our oldest and most successful programs: Signs of Suicide (SOS). Implemented mainly in health classes, CHADS' trained staff teach students the importance of mental health, the signs of depression and suicidal behavior, and, most importantly, what to do if those students recognize the warning signs in themselves or their friends. Essentially, we illuminate the dark and often misunderstood topic of mental health.

The SOS program reaches over 25,000 students each year in 160 different schools. As a direct result of this program, over 3,000 kids (12.4%) reach out for help for themselves or for a friend who might be dealing with severe depression.

One of the reasons the SOS program has been so successful is that we have been able to provide high quality services at no cost to the schools in which we implement them. To be able to do this, we rely on the generous support of donors who believe in our mission to light up the lives of the kids in our community. In response to the growing demand for our services, we've created an accessible way for you join us as a fellow illuminator.

The Illuminators Giving Club can be joined at 4 levels:

  • Star level: $1,963/year ($164/month)

  • Lighthouse level: $982/year ($82/month)

  • Torch level: $491/year ($41/month)

  • Spark level: $246/year ($20/month)

The Star level, $1,963 per year, covers the cost for CHADS to implement the SOS program in an average school for one year. By joining at the top level, you are essentially sponsoring a school to receive CHADS’ exceptional and much needed services.

Pledges can be paid in a variety of ways, from all-at-once up front to monthly, by check or by credit card, whichever is most comfortable for you.

In addition to the reward of knowing that tens of thousands of kids will learn the importance of mental health and what to do if they recognize the signs of suicide in themselves or in a friend, there are several benefits to becoming an Illuminator:

  • Regular communications from CHADS regarding your Illuminators membership. In addition, everything you receive from CHADS will come with Illuminators branding.

  • Preferred seating at the second annual Illumination Ball on Thursday, September 6th at the World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park, as well as a special surprise to identify you as an Illuminator.

  • The opportunity to observe an actual CHADS SOS presentation in a school setting, to be coordinated through CHADS staff.

  • An invitation to the annual Illuminators appreciation party, exclusively for our Illuminators supporters.

To become an Illuminator, you can contact Ben Chambers by emailing ben@chadscoalition.org. Additionally, you can join online by clicking one of the links below:

Click here to become a Star Illuminator

Click here to become a Lighthouse Illuminator

Click here to become a Torch Illuminator

Click here to become a Spark Illuminator


Youth Opportunity Program
Tax Credit

CONTRIBUTIONS TO CHADS QUALIFY FOR MISSOURI TAX CREDITS

CHADS has been approved by the Department of Economic Development, through the Youth Opportunity Program (YOP) to make state tax credits available to any eligible person or business in Missouri. The YOP credits allow a donor to reduce their Missouri tax liability by 50% of their total contribution, resulting in their $1000 total donation potentially costing only $330.

How will a $1,000 donation only cost me $330?

$1,000
($280)

($60)

($500)

$170
$330

Donation to CHADS…………………………………………………………..
Federal charitable deduction………………………………………………..
Assuming 28% tax bracket 
Missouri charitable deduction………………………………………………
Assuming 6% tax bracket
Missouri state tax credit……………………………………………………
Assuming 50% for eligible contribution
Additional state & Federal taxes due to reduction of Missouri tax……….
Net cash outlay……………………………………………………………….

What do I have to do to get the YOP credit?

  • Make a donation to CHADS of at least $250.

  • After CHADS receives the donation, we will mail you a Tax Credit Form to be completed within 12 months of donation.

  • Mail the completed Tax Credit Form along with a copy of the front and back of your cancelled check or other documentation of your donation to CHADS. Notarize the application before returning it to CHADS.

  • CHADS will submit it to the Department of Economic Development.

  • Within 60 days, you will receive notification of approval from the Department of Economic Development.
    Submit form MO-TC with your Missouri income tax return to use the credits and reduce your tax liability.

How will my contribution be used at CHADS?

Your contribution will be used for implementing outcome-based teen suicide and bullying prevention programs in local schools.

When may the tax credit be claimed?

The credit may first be claimed on taxes due for the year the contribution was made and may be extended for five additional tax years until the credit is exhausted. Any credit not claimed in that timeframe will automatically be forfeited. 

When must the tax credit application be submitted?

The Tax Credit application must be submitted to the Department of Economic Development within one year of the date of the donation or the right to the credit is forfeited.

What kinds of contributions qualify for the credit?

Contributions of cash, vehicles, stocks, and bonds may all qualify for the YOP tax credit. If you wish to contribute something other than cash, you are urged to first contact CHADS.

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This information is intended as a guide to the gift planning process. Estimated costs are based on current law and are for illustration purposes only. Please consult your tax advisor on how tax credits may be used in your circumstances. Further information is available on request from Ben Chambers, Development Director, at ben@chadscoalition.org or Larry McCord, Business Manager, at larry@chadscoalition.org


Donate via mail: Send donations to
P.O. Box 510528
Saint Louis, MO 63151
make checks payable to CHADS Coalition for Mental Health