‘Tis the Season to Be Generous

We understand that the holidays are a crazy time of year for most people. But it is also the time of year when IC patients need our services the most. With the generosity of individuals like you, ICA provides advocacy, research funding, and education to ensure early diagnosis and optimal care with dignity for people affected by IC. We understand your time is valuable and we want to make it as easy as possible to include ICA in your charitable year-end giving – here are 12 ways you can give.

Thanks to pledges and donations from the ICA Board of Directors and several generous contributions, all gifts made by the end of the year will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000!

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Make Your Holiday Giving Twice as Nice on Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday proves that the holidays can be about both giving and giving back. It celebrates how we can do more with our wallets than just shop – and that we can give as good as we get. Thank you for the more than $7,500 in donations given to ICA on Tuesday, December 1, 2015!

Become a Monthly Donor – Join ICA’S Angel Society

ICA Angel Society

Become an ICA Angel with your convenient, tax-deductible monthly donation. Your recurring contribution as small as $10 will give you online access to ALL the back issues of the award-winning ICA Update and will help sustain ICA’s much-needed education, awareness, research, and advocacy. Join ICA’s Angel Society today! Your credit card will be charged the amount you designate on the same date each month.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company is eligible, your gift to the Interstitial Cystitis Association may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

To arrange for a matching gift, you first make your donation to ICA and then submit the match request via your employer’s online matching gift portal, or complete a hard copy form from your human resources department. The form is sent to ICA who verifies receipt of your gift and sends the form on to the corporation for processing the match portion.

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Did you know you can shop on Amazon and help ICA at the same time? Make any purchase from Amazon by clicking here and a portion of your sale will go directly to ICA. Your holiday shopping can help ICA!

Donate Online

12 ways of giving - onlineWhat can be easier than donating online? By supporting ICA, you’ll directly help yourself by receiving access to valuable and informative resources that will keep you abreast of the latest IC research, news, and ICA announcements. Your generosity you can also help provide advocacy, research funding, and education to ensure early diagnosis and optimal care with dignity for people affected by IC. Don’t wait! Make your year-end online donation today.

Mail a Check

12 ways of giving - checkWhile ICA’s website is 100% secure, we realize that some people prefer to make their charitable gifts by check. Not a problem! Simply mail your check made payable to ICA to 7918 Jones Branch Dr., Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102. For a donation as little as $50 you can receive access to downloadable and informative brochures, facts sheets and a subscription to the ICA Update, ICA’s award-winning magazine!

Workplace Giving

Each year, thousands of dollars are donated to ICA through workplace giving campaigns. Workplace giving is an easy and efficient way to make donations to ICA through payroll contributions. They offer the convenience of automatic payroll deductions, and employers often match employee contributions. If you work at a corporation or for the federal government, you may have the opportunity to participate in one of these programs. Please consider a pre-tax payroll contribution to ICA and directly influence your employer’s philanthropic endeavors. Even a small pledge can make an impact when it is increased by your employer’s matching funds.

Stock Gifts

The opportunity to make tax deductible contributions to ICA in 2015 is NOW! But before you write a check, bear in mind that the smarter move might be to take some of your appreciated stock to make your charitable gift. Giving stock allows ICA to give others the support they need and helps reduce your taxes. More information is available on the ICA website.

Be sure to check with your broker to learn of the tax advantages for making a year-end gift of appreciated stock to ICA.

Estate Planning

Charitable giving—an important role in many estate plans—can give you great personal satisfaction as well as many tax advantages. There are many ways to give to ICA through your estate planning:

  • making outright gifts to ICA during your lifetime or upon your death.
  • will or trust bequests, naming ICA as a beneficiary.
  • designate ICA as a last beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy.

(This content is general in nature and does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial or investment advice. Please consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances.)

Make a Tribute Giftgift

Looking for a unique way to make a special gift? Consider making a donation to ICA as a tribute or in honor of someone important to you. –a loved one, a friend, a caregiver, a family member, a favorite physician, nurse, physical therapist, etc.

When making your donation online, be sure to include, the name of the person you’re honoring and who we can notify of your thoughtfulness (the dollar amount of your gift is kept confidential).

Raise Funds from Friends and Family

ICARE_Logo-fullLooking for an easy way help increase IC awareness, support research, and educate patients and healthcare providers without leaving the your house or spending money? The ICA has an online tool that allows you to set up your own fundraising page to tell your personal IC story and invite others to support ICA’s work and the cause most important to you. Friends and family can make secure donations to ICA through your personal webpage and receive an immediate email acknowledgement of their tax-deductible contribution. Please consider asking your loved ones to make supporting ICA their gift to you and set up your personal fundraising page today.

Light the Match for Hope!

‘Tis the season for giving hope to the 4-12 million people that suffer with IC on a daily basis. Show them how much you care by participating in our Light the Match Campaign.  Thanks to pledges and donations from ICA Board members and generous supporters, all gifts made by Dec. 31, 2015 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. By giving to  ICA this season you will be supporting advocacy, providing research funding, and delivering education to ensure early diagnosis and optimal care and dignity for people affected by IC. Don’t wait! Light the Match for HOPE.

Revised Friday, November 20th, 2015