VIDEO: MADD CEO Debbie Weir talks progress, challenges, and why your gift matters

MADD CEO Debbie Weir went live on Facebook Live this week to discuss the major accomplishments of 2016, what's in store for 2017 and why December donations mean so much to MADD and victims of drunk and drugged driving.

Watch it now.

MADD needs to raise $300,000 this month to ensure we can continue to provide victims with services across the country at no charge, take the battle for justice to the politicians, support law enforcement, and help move life saving technology to the market faster. Please give today.

What is planned giving?

Have you ever found the perfect gift and stashed it away for a later date? Maybe the next holiday or birthday?
Well, that’s the basic concept behind planned giving.

What is planned giving?

Planned giving is when a person arranges to donate but doesn’t actually make the donation until a future date. Most commonly, planned gifts are granted once the donor has passed away via a will or trust.
Some planned gifts provide a lifelong income to a nonprofit, while others use estate and tax planning strategies to provide for a charity or other heirs in ways that maximize the gift and/or minimize taxes and fees.

Types of planned gifts?

Three main types of planned gifts are available.

1.    A gift that is in the form of appreciated assets instead of cash
2.    Gifts paid upon the donor’s death
3.    Gifts that return income or other financial benefits to the donor in return for the contribution

What are the benefits to planned giving?
Several benefits to the donor and, of course, the charity exist with planned giving. First, the donor can contribute appreciated property, like real estate, without paying capital gains tax on the transfer.

Additionally, donors who establish a life-income gift receive a tax deduction for the full, fair market value of the assets contributed. Again, the donor can avoid paying capital gains tax on the transfer.

Finally, gifts paid to a charity upon a donor’s death do not generate a lifetime tax deduction for the donor, but they are exempt from estate tax.

Of course, then there is a the benefit of knowing you are making a lifesaving donation to a quality organization, like MADD.

When it comes time to plan your estate, please consider how your donation can move us closer to a future of No More Victims®. When planning your estate, please consider including MADD. Find out more here.

VIDEO: A mother speaks out


Posted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

VIDEO: Today, we give thanks

Time for Annie's law in Ohio dwindling

The clock is ticking for Annie’s law, an Ohio bill that would require all offenders to prove they are sober before driving.

The bill calls for ignition interlocks, a device that has prevented more than 1.77 million drunk driving attempts. The bill is named after Annie Rooney, an attorney who was killed by a repeat drunk driver.

Her brother and national MADD Board Member Dr. Walt Rooney talked about his sister on Facebook Live recently.

Dr. Walt Rooney talks Annie's Law and drunk driving prevention

#MADDLive with drunk driving victim and MADD National Boardmember Dr. Walt Rooney

Posted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on Friday, November 11, 2016

Annie's father and sister are visiting each Ohio Senate committee member, caring the story of their loved one and the need for ignition interlocks for all offenders.

Ohio residents, we need you to speak up! Please send this email to your representatives to let them know you support #AnniesLaw

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