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The Benefits of Giving to a Senior Living Community

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are a vital part of our society, providing a full continuum of care options for seniors. These communities offer everything from independent living to skilled nursing care, ensuring that residents receive the support they need at every stage of life. Donating to a nonprofit CCRC is not just a philanthropic act; it's an investment in the well-being of our aging population. Still, you might be wondering if there are any benefits of giving back to the senior community for you.

 

Here's how giving to CCRCs is advantageous for donors.

FINANCIAL BENEFITS

The Tax Benefits of Giving

There are multiple ways to get tax benefits from your donation, including:

  • Income tax deductions. Donating to a nonprofit CCRC can provide significant tax advantages. If you name a charity as a beneficiary of your retirement account, neither you nor your estate will owe income taxes on the amount distributed to the charity. Your estate will also receive a deduction for the amount inherited by the charity, reducing the estate tax burden.
  • Monthly donation deductions. As long as you keep and organize your receipts to use at tax time, monthly donations are also tax deductible.
  • Efficient estate planning. By donating retirement assets to charity as part of an estate plan, you can minimize the amount of income taxes imposed on both your individual heirs and your estate. This strategy ensures that the full amount of your retirement account directly benefits the charity of your choice.

INTANGIBLE BENEFITS

The Mental Health Benefits of Giving

Did you know that giving can improve your mental health in various ways?

  • Intellectual satisfaction. Donating to a CCRC is a social good, and many people gain personal satisfaction from their good deeds. The University of Oregon discovered that donating activates the pleasure center of the brain. Knowing that a contribution is making a tangible difference in the lives of seniors may bring you a true sense of fulfillment and joy.
  • Emotional lift. According to a study by the Queensland University of Technology, generosity is linked with lower stress levels. In the short term, giving to a nonprofit may cause your body to release feel-good hormones called endorphins which give you a boost to feel happier. In the long-term, this reduction of stress can help to prevent some chronic diseases and reduce the risk of premature death.
  • Convenience, affordability, and maximized impact. One of the benefits of monthly giving donations is that you only need to sign up once, and your gift will be made automatically each month, with no additional effort on your part. In addition, monthly gifts are a more affordable option than large lump-sum donations, as you can incorporate them into a predictable monthly budget. You’ll also be helping your nonprofit predict their monthly budget, allowing the organization to make the most of your gift.

The Lasting Positive Influence of Giving

Your gift can have far-reaching positive influences in the following ways:

  • Community impact. Your donation supports a community that provides comprehensive care for seniors, with a focus on all aspects of wellness. By contributing to a CCRC, you are investing in a system that prioritizes the physical, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of its residents, fostering a nurturing and compassionate environment.
  • Setting an example. Giving to a nonprofit senior living community also provides a model of philanthropy in action for your family, friends, coworkers, employer, and anyone else in your inner circle. When you make a difference with your finances, you inspire those around you to consider giving to nonprofits of their choice as well. This is an especially important example to set for your children and grandchildren.
  • Building a legacy with annuities. Annuities can be a powerful charitable giving strategy. By donating an annuity to a CCRC, you can create a stable income stream for the community, ensuring that they have consistent funding to maintain and enhance their services. Annuities also allow you to support a cause you care about as part of your life’s legacy. By designating a CCRC as the beneficiary of an annuity, you can leave a lasting impact that will continue to benefit the community long after your lifetime.

Make a Difference With Chapel Pointe

Chapel Pointe is a faith-based continuing care retirement community committed to serving and enhancing the quality of life for people aged 62+ in Central Pennsylvania. We’re honored that our greater community sees the servant-heart of our nonprofit organization and consistently selects Chapel Pointe as “The Best of Cumberland County.”

 

Nestled in eight beautifully landscaped acres in Carlisle, PA, our welcoming campus is filled with interesting places to explore and amenities that make life easy and enjoyable. Since the beginning, our team's mission has been to ensure that every resident is treated with love and the utmost respect. Experiencing our core values—trust, integrity, faith, service, and innovation—lived out every day at Chapel Pointe reassures seniors that they are making the right decision by welcoming us into their lives. Contact us to learn more about our community or support our mission by making a difference today!

 

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