Donors can make a gift to the Crisis Center that has lasting benefit. This is because we have an endowment that provides long-term support for our life-affirming work.
A gift to our endowment helps preserve critical services like our crisis counseling and grief counseling programs during times of economic uncertainty or social turmoil. It also offers donors the opportunity to build a legacy that will continue long into the future.
Five percent of the endowment’s assets—in effect the interest on the savings—is used annually to support Crisis Center programs. Our intention is that the principal always will be preserved.
The benefits to donating are numerous. Depending on the type of gift, it may cost donors little or nothing now, reduce a donor’s estate tax, or bypass capital gains tax. Some bequests even provide income to donors and their families while they’re alive.
Individuals who donate to our endowment either by naming the Contra Costa Crisis Center in their will or trust, or who donate $1,000 or more specifically to the endowment, become members of our Candle Society. They’re invited to an annual luncheon and acknowledged in a special display in our agency.