Start Something: Join Something: Give Something – You CAN make a difference in the life of someone affected by cancer

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Before you donate money or goods, research the charity. Be certain that the charity is real. Several agencies offer tips, databases, and reports that help you evaluate the operation of charities:

  • The Internal Revenue Service offers tax tips for donors and an exempt organization database to check the charity’s 501(c)3 status (a charity must have this number if you plan to deduct your gift on your federal taxes).
  • The attorney general in your state often licenses charitable organizations. They may also have records of complaints about charities.
  • The Better Business Bureau offers reports about how large charities work and use their funds.

Types of Donations

Monetary

Make financial donations by check or credit card, to protect yourself from scams and help with your record keeping.

Goods and Personal Property

Some charities accept non-cash donations, such as clothing and household items. Donate items that are in good (or better) condition. Keep a list of the items you donated, for your taxes.

Vehicles

You can donate your car, truck, boat, or other vehicle to a charity. An organization may give a donated vehicle to someone,  use it for operations, or sell it at auction.  If you donate a vehicle, you will need to transfer the title of the to the charity. Also, remove license plates and registration documents before you donate the car.

Other Property

You may also give other types of items to charities:

  • Art
  • Jewelry
  • Stocks
  • Real Estate
  • Patents

The value of these items may require an expert appraisal or depend on offers to purchase the items and the timing of the donation.

Following are some of the leading cancer care organizations in the United States and Great Britain who could use your resources and support:

United States

United Kingdom

** Tina L. Spears, content creator of Tinaspears.com and founder of “Scarred for Life”, a life giving entity that helps those affected by cancer know that their scars are the evidence of the life that was saved and yet to live, is a proud supporter of Robert Wood Johnson at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ.  SBMC Cancer Center and its team of oncologists and radiologists were the hands God used to heal her of Stage One Invasive Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (HER2+).  To God Be The Glory!

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A public speaker since 1991, Tina Spears has led a life of service as a Sunday School Teacher, Christian Bible Training Instructor, conducted standup presentations for staff, associates and member institutions for as many as 700 people. An engaging orator, author, and encouraging speaker, Tina's ultimate purpose is for others to realize their richest potential is housed within the confines of their original design. Professionally, Tina has over 30 years of experience as an HR professional Administrator, Executive Secretary, Office Manager, Account Executive and Chief of Operations. Those decades of experience afforded Tina the opportunity to speak one-on-one and candidly with peer administrators; coaching and developing their skill set in areas of organization, project and time management, office administration and functionality, negotiation skills, keeping the customer first, dealing with difficulties (people, places and things) and understanding their purpose. Tina has strong oral and written communication skills; stand up presentation abilities as well as established design, development, analysis, and evaluative skills. During stand up presentations, Tina uses personal experiences as examples of how she overcame obstacles, handled situations and offers recommendations, based on the experience of her audience, to improve on the participants’ ability to take the lessons and apply the truth of it to their particular situation. Topics that Tina covers surrounds areas of 1-Taking on Leadership, 2-Taking Charge of Office Technology, 3-Verbal Communication Skills, 4-Problem Solving, 5-Time and Project Management, 6-Organization Skills, 7-Relationship Building with the Boss, 8-Dealing with Difficult People, and 9-Negotiation Skills.

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