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Donating to the EAA

Thank you for choosing Electric Auto Association in your giving choices.  As our efforts are provided by volunteer leaders and members, every donation supports our central mission of education and advocacy for rapid EV adoption. Your support is vital to our success in creating a better future in clean transportation.

                             



What do my Donations to a Chapter support?
Giving to a chapter directly supports the education and advocacy efforts in a local area. As all our volunteer expertise is unpaid, your dollars largely support the “Chapter Toolkit”.  Some of the “tools” that your dollars buy include such things as: Banners, Business cards, Educational signs and Literature, Drive Electric Flags, Polo Shirts with EAA logo, Brochure waist belts, Tents, Printing costs. These are important items because they give strong identity to grass roots efforts to attract the general public to our EVs and EV/Educators at events. The signage has direct educational impact.

What do my General Fund Dollars support?
General funds donations are vital to support EAA’s support of more than 80 chapters. These dollars cover fixed expenses such as: production of our e-Magazine, Current Events, insurance and back-office functions:

Accounting, Tracking donations and filing 501 (c) (3) tax returns
Club Express software . . .to make chapter administrative jobs easy
Free chapter website hosting
Events and chapter meeting calendar
Database management of e-mailings
Liability coverage for events

                to name just a few.

With EAA handling the back office, chapters can get on with the important work of education and advocacy, confident that these functions are handled by the parent organization, Electric Auto Association.

Where do my Special Funds dollars go?
Special fund dollars can be assigned to a particular project. For expmple, Drive Electric Video Contest is a contest for High School Students to create 30 second to 3 minute videos to increase public awareness of Electric Vehicles. Monies, in this case, would buy prizes, such as iPads, Apple watches, helicopter rides, action cams and more for the high school contestant winners.
Any donor with a particular interest in a goal or project that has not been previously established is encouraged to propose establishment of a new Special Fund in writing to the Board of Directors. 

                              



Restrictions

Only USA donations are tax deductible.  Donations made to non-USA chapters will be collected and paid back to the chapter in USA funds, quarterly. Donations are best made with a credit card, online.  You will not be able to make donations with PayPal. For all online donations, click on the "Donate online now" link above and select the special fund or chapter.

Types of Donations

CASH

For income tax purposes, your gift or pledge payments are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by the law (USA only). Please consult your tax advisor. Gifts or pledge payments may be made by cash,check, or credit card.

PLEDGES

Pledges may be made to the Association in support of our current fundraising campaigns. Pledges traditionally extend over a two to three-year period. Using a pledge form, you may specify the length of the pledge period, the frequency of payments, and the method of payment.  Pledge payments may be made in cash, check, credit card, or via appreciated securities.

TRIBUTE GIFTS

Individuals and organizations may want to give tribute gifts to the Association to commemorate events such as anniversaries,graduations, or to memorialize a friend or loved one who has passed away. After receiving a tribute gift, the Association sends the honored individual, or family of the deceased, a tribute card. Tribute donations are made online or through the mail. If this gift is time-sensitive, please make this donation over the phone by calling the Association directly.

STOCK GIFTS/APPRECIATED SECURITIES

The Association accepts gifts of stock or appreciated securities,whether as a transfer from a portfolio or investment in a corporation.  If you are interested in supporting the Association with a gift of stock, please meet with your financial advisor to select the best method for your donation. You may achieve significant tax savings by making a gift or pledge payment of stocks or other capital assets that have appreciated in value.

PLANNED GIVING/ENDOWMENT

Donors may wish to consider giving through such vehicles as life insurance, bequests, testamentary gifts, charitable trusts,partnership opportunities, or named endowments. Planned giving can be an ideal way to leave a legacy to the Association and to minimize your income, gift, and estate taxes. We encourage you to speak with your legal and/or tax advisor when considering any type of planned gift.

MATCHING GIFTS

Many businesses meet their philanthropic goals by contributing to causes their employees support. An employer with a matching gift program may contribute an equal amount or more when an employee makes a donation to a public benefit organization such as the Electric Auto Association. Check with your employer to determine whether the EAA qualifies for such a program.

CORPORATE GIFTS/IN-KIND GIFTS

Through contributions of in-kind donations and cash grants,corporations of all kinds and sizes have been instrumental at earlier stages of our existence.  Cash gifts can be given to support the Association's general operation costs or for special gift opportunities. See the Special Funds section below.  In-kind gifts to the Association have included donations of equipment, software, and professional services.  You may achieve significant tax savings by making a gift or pledge payment of stocks or other capital assets.

All donations made to the Electric Auto Association are tax deductible.

For further information, please contact donations@eaaev.org.

DONOR RECOGNITION CATEGORIES

Opportunities for Participating:
Founding Partners: $ 1,000 +
Leadership Partners: $ 500 to $999
Sponsoring Partners: $ 100 to $499
Friends: $ 1 to $99

These recognition categories apply to the EAA General Fund, as well as to EAA Special Funds that the EAA Board of Directors may establish.