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2019 Year-End Donation Challenge

As we approach the holiday season, we often count our blessings. If you feel MathPath was a blessing, please donate. While donations are accepted at any time, we make our biggest effort starting on Giving Tuesday (right after Thanksgiving) and culminate with a final push on Dec 31.

Last year, we asked for unrestricted gifts, with the main purpose of growing reserve funds (endowment and quasi-endowment) to $1 million. We succeeded! This year, we will again request unrestricted gifts, but we we will concentrate on funding current financial aid and other increased current expenses. if you want to know more about why that's our emphasis this year, click here.

Once again several lead donors have stepped forward to provide matching funds. All small donations (≤ $250) made during this campaign will be matched up to a total of $8000, as long as they are unrestricted or designated for financial aid scholarships. All middle size donations ($x, where 250 < x ≤ 5000) that are unrestricted or for financial aid will be matched to a total of $36,000!

How to Donate

We recommend making donations by check or PayPal.

Check. There is no fee deducted and it is easy to put a short note on the check or put a longer note in the envelope. Checks should be mailed to John Howe, at the address below. He will send a tax receipt, usually by email. Best to send him an email in advance, (john.howe@mathpath.org), saying the check is coming and giving your note information.

MathPath
John Howe, Treasurer
63 Fairview Rd
Skillman NJ 08558

PayPal now has two ways to pay. First is the traditional way, the same way you would make a purchase on PayPal. A PayPal account is not needed; you can use your credit card. The good news is that we get your contribution immediately and there is an option to include a note. The bad news is Paypal takes a cut, 2.2% of what you give + 30 cents, more for international transactions. This especially makes a difference for large amounts (thus we allow PayPal as an option only for donations, not for program fees).

Enter the PayPal Giving Fund. This is itself a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. You get your tax deductible contribution when you give to them, and then you "advise" them to turn around and give it to us. The good news is that PayPal does not take a cut. In fact if PayPal follows its pattern of recent years, between Giving Tuesday and Dec 31 they will add an additional 1% to your gift and the first x-million dollars of gifts immediately after some hour on Giving Tuesday will be doubled! (Last year PayPal announced in advance exactly what they would match and it caused a frenzy. This year we have seen no announcements.) The bad news is there is a delay and a loss of information. We don't get your gift until a month or more later and there is no opportunity for you to include a note.

Obviously the Giving Fund is financially better, but it only works well for us if you are willing, as soon as you have donated, to send John Howe the missing information, at john.howe@mathpath.org. Please tell him

  1. You name and the date you gave. (The Giving Fund never tells us the date and only tells us your name if you check off a box which is easy to miss.)
  2. State whether your gift is unrestricted or specify a purpose.
  3. State whether you wish to be anonymous if we produce a webpage of donors.
  4. If you are a parent, please indicate the name and year(s) of the MathPather(s) in your family.
  5. Anything else you would like to add
If you use the Giving Fund and do not send us such an email, we will not have any instructions about how to use your gift and will assume it is unrestricted. We probably won't know who you are, either. To donate to MathPath through PayPal Giving Fund, go to

paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1428470     (Giving Fund)

To give through traditional PayPal click the Donate button below and fill out the form that appears on screen. On the last page, the review page before you click Donate, click on Special instructions to the payee and include any information you want us to know (see the list above for ideas)

             (Traditional PayPal)

Employer Matching. Sometimes we qualify for employer matching, sometimes we don't. If your employer will support any nonprofit or any "public charity", we do. If they only support accredited academic institutions, we don't, because technically we do not run a school but rather a self-improvement conference. However, if an employer won't classify us as an educational institution, they may agree to classify us as a youth or civic organization, which is often another category they fund.

If your employer matches, they may want you to channel your part of the contribution through them. Please avoid this if you can, as it has meant a long delay (months) before we get your contribution. In any event, your employer will surely want some additional information about us, such as our EIN (tax ID) and our legal address. Our EIN is 20-1290489 and our legal address is John Howe's Skillman NJ address above. If you or your employer needs additional information to arrange an employer match, please contact John Howe.

Note. Even if you can't give directly, if you ever buy from Amazon you can give a little bit indirectly. Make your purchase through Amazon Smile. If you choose MathPath as your designated Smile charity, 0.5% of your purchase price will go to us. For details about how Amazon Smile works, go here.

Gifts to MathPath are tax deductible for US taxpayers who itemize.

MathPath is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization

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Last updated November 29, 2019