WAYS TO GIVE
Sparc is a not-for-profit organization, which relies on the generous donations of our community, friends and family. If you would like to contribute to Sparc, you can send your donation by mail, phone or online through PayPal. We also accept donations of items to be used in our group homes and other programs. All donations are appreciated, no matter how small, and we are grateful for the support in continuing our programs.
Sparc has also partnered with AmazonSmile. Shopping through AmazonSmile gives shoppers the opportunity for Amazon to donate a portion of their purchase price back to Sparc. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Sparc every time you shop, at no cost to you.
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Make a long-term gift that benefits both Sparc and you. Revocable deferred gifts such as bequests, living trusts and life insurance can provide you with the maximum security and flexibility in estate planning, while irrevocable deferred gifts such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts offer you income payments for life and/or specific tax advantages. Planned gifts can allow you to:
- Make a larger charitable gift than you thought possible
- Increase your current income
- Plan for financial needs of a spouse or loved one
- Provide inheritances for your heirs at a reduced tax cost
- Reduce your income tax and/or avoid capital gains tax
- Receive income from your personal residence or farm
- Plan for the transfer of your business
- Leave a charitable legacy for future generations
The Sparc Endowment Fund, Inc. was established in 1987 to provide a perpetual source of financial support to the individuals served by Sparc. Sparc Endowment Fund, Inc. owns and leases to Sparc all of the facilities in which our day and residential programs are operated. This property ownership allows the endowment to make a substantial annual financial contribution to support Sparc programs. Gifts to the fund remain legacies to donors forever because only the interest earned is expended. Donors can specify in what manner the earnings from their gifts are to be used. Memorial or honorary contributions to the fund create lasting tributes to loved ones.
Legislative advocacy has become more important than ever in these economic times. It is vitally important for each of us to work together to protect funding for programs and services for all individuals with disabilities. For more information on how you can advocate, call (217) 792-2100.
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Your contribution (no matter how small) helps Sparc provide new services and enhance the lives of individuals already participating in our programs. We offer many services and partnership opportunities that can help your business meet key corporate needs. Services include: Employment Services, Sparc Business Solutions, Success Catering, Sparcling Clean Janitorial Services and Beg-O-Bone dog biscuits.
Do you have a skill you could share? Are you involved in photography, videography, graphic design, computer/data entry, musician, public relations/advertising, gardening, painting, carpentry or do you possess other special talents? If you have skills and time that you could donate, please call to see how you could contribute to the Sparc community.
Corporate & Group Volunteer Opportunities
Sparc is ready to partner with your group! We have experience working with a wide variety of organizations, such as:
- Faith-based groups
- Men's and women's clubs
- Fraternity and sorority groups
- High school and university student groups
- Civic and business clubs
We offer numerous opportunities, including one-time group volunteer projects and ongoing partnerships. Volunteer opportunities may include: sharing a skill or talent with a day training classroom, providing a meal for one of our residential homes, participating in mock interviews, working on a maintenance project, or sharing your administrative skills, and much more!
There are always individual and group opportunities for volunteering.
Help us celebrate the triumph of the Human Spirit.
Get involved with Sparc and the individuals we support through volunteer activities with our group homes, day programs, respite program, fundraising efforts, and much more. Contact Sparc today to find out how you can get involved!