APS membership dues cover the cost of member benefits, services and publications. APS research publications and meetings are budgeted to pay for themselves through subscriptions and registration fees. However, important APS education and outreach programs rely in part on tax-deductible member contributions to maintain and broaden their impact. These vital outreach programs were instituted by the APS Council in direct response to member requests and committee recommendations.
Additional resources are needed to continue to strengthen our education, public affairs and international programs. Many members make a voluntary contribution in conjunction with renewing their APS membership each year and gifts can be designated to specific program areas, if you so desire. If you haven't yet made a gift this year, or if you would like to provide further support, here are some 2000 year-end gift ideas:
Gifts of cash (by check or credit card)
If you itemize, you can lower your 2000 income taxes simply by writing a check or charging a gift to your credit card by December 31. Please use the response form below and be sure your envelope is postmarked by December 31 to qualify as a 2000 gift. Some employers will match your charitable gifts. If your organization has a matching gift program, simply enclose the form along with your check.
Gifts of stock
Gifts of appreciated stock allow you to avoid paying capital gains tax on the increase in stock value and receive an income tax charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the stock at the time of the gift. The gift is fully deductible - up to a maximum of 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. Any excess can generally be carried forward and deducted over as many as five subsequent years. Please call the APS Development Office at (301) 209-3224 to obtain transfer of stock instructions.
As you consider your year-end tax planning, we hope you will consider making good use of the income tax charitable deduction. Your 2000 year-end gift can significantly reduce your income taxes, while providing meaningful support for the APS.
For further information on these and other ways to give, contact Darlene Logan, Director of Development, APS, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740-3844; (301) 209-3224; fax: (301) 209-0867.
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