Donate to TELA this Giving Tuesday

By BIZ HARRIS,

Tallahatchie Early Learning Alliance (TELA) is excited to join the GivingTuesday movement this year to ensure that our county’s children have high-quality pre-K and other early learning programming.

This GivingTuesday, TELA will celebrate giving by raising $50,000 in 24 hours to support our community’s children.

GivingTuesday, taking place Dec. 3, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Every year on GivingTuesday, millions of people across the globe (almost 60 countries) mobilize to show up, give back and change their communities. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day and touches every person on the planet.

“Being a part of GivingTuesday is a no-brainer. Our community has always been supportive of our county’s children, but this gives us an opportunity to rally together to show the rest of the world how much we believe in Tallahatchie County’s children,” said Cheryl Swoopes, TELA’s director of Community Engagement. “When we hit our goal we can say to everyone in the state of Mississippi… We invest in our community’s children because when their foundation is strong, our community’s future looks bright!”

Also, as an added benefit, individuals or corporations who make a donation by Dec. 31 to TELA’s Early Learning Collaborative  may be eligible to receive a 1:1, dollar-for-dollar state tax credit for the donated amount, up to $1 million. In addition to the state tax credit, a tax deduction may also be available for federal taxes.

The Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013 provides pre-K services to 4-year-old children in the amount of $4,300 per child in full-day programs and $2,150 per child enrolled in half-day programs. The state of Mississippi provides half of these costs, but requires that the other half be provided by local matching funds, which may include local tax dollars, federal dollars as allowed or donations. Therefore, participating in GivingTuesday ensures that our county’s children continue to receive a strong start in school.

The Mississippi Department of Revenue can approve 1:1 tax credits up the amount approved by the Mississippi Legislature, which has been set at a total $6.5 million. Individuals who make a donation after that total sum (or cap) has been reached will not be eligible to receive the tax credit.

Those who are interested in joining TELA’s GivingTuesday initiative can visit http://wearetela.org/donate.

TELA will become an initiative of the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance upon the completion of its spinoff from the Tallahatchie River Foundation. TELA’s goal is to drive collective impact with community stakeholders to achieve systemic change leading to the holistic development of children in Tallahatchie County in their first eight years of life. TELA has two programmatic components: the Early Learning Collaborative and the Tallahatchie County collective impact work.

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