The “Wrap The Walls” GivingTuesday Campaign Goal Was Met!

The Meals from the Heartland community really showed up for our GivingTuesday campaign last December! 

Our goal was met to “wrap the walls” and cover the blank canvases in our West Des Moines packaging center and training room, as well as to install signage to clearly display our volunteer entrance.

Register to volunteer soon and check out all the new additions!

Thank you everyone who donated and helped us meet our goal! A special thank you to Katie Leeper, Schneider Graphics and LRI for helping to make all of these additions happen!

Our new mission statement and all 37 countries we distribute meals to have now been added to the packaging center walls
Photo banners of children we feed have now also been added to the packaging center
Our vision statement and planned giving logo are now both prominently displayed in our training room
A new visitor entrance sign is now hung to clearly mark the correct entrance for all volunteers
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Choosing the Gift Option that Matches YOUR Goals

When it comes to donating to your favorite charity, the old adage of “cash is king” might not be as true as it once was.  Most certainly, a cash donation is a very generous and personal gift and is truly appreciated.  However, it might not be the type of donation that best meets your goals.

For example, if you have long-term appreciated stock and you have a goal to liquidate it, you could likely avoid the capital gains tax and get a charitable deduction should you choose to donate the proceeds instead of cashing out the stock.* This scenario could actually help you meet multiple goals; one, to liquidate the stock and two, to achieve your annual philanthropy goal.

Personal goals are just that, personal, and most certainly different from one person to the next.  Thus, as you contemplate how best to satisfy those goals, it is always helpful to find resources that provide necessary insight.  Our friends at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines do just that in myriad ways with one being “7 Gift Options to Meet Your Goals.”  We invite you to review their guide to see if you find something that might resonate with you as you continue exploring how to meet your charitable goals.

In all cases, please consult with your financial planner or attorney as you navigate your options.

* Information referenced in this article is not intended as legal or tax advice and examples are subject to change.  Please consult an attorney or tax advisor as necessary.

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Wells Fargo helps feed hungry children around the world

We are truly blessed by the support that Wells Fargo provides with their time, treasure and talent as evidenced by the meal-packing event like the one that transformed the company’s downtown Des Moines headquarters lunchroom into a mobile pack site during their Dedicated Day of Service in September.

“I believe this is the organization that we invest the most volunteer hours in, every year, more than any other organization in central Iowa,” said Steve Carlson. “They have the annual hunger fight, where thousands of people gather at the convention center and package 4 million meals in a weekend; they have a packaging center, where our team members are there all the time as work groups; and then there are mobile packs like this – and we love to be involved in all those realms.”

To read more and see their inspiring event video, please visit Wells Fargo Stories.

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