Our community of donors supports our mission of creating community among people with developmental disabilities and allows us to build relationships that enhance all our lives.
Sunshine is a qualified tax-exempt organization with a 501(c)(3) status, so your gifts of cash and in-kind donations are considered tax-deductible. Sunshine will acknowledge your gifts to ensure your tax-deductible giving is properly documented for the IRS.
And here’s a way to give that might surprise you. Sunshine’s Engler Society recognizes donors who remember Sunshine in their legacy giving. It can take many forms: including Sunshine in direct bequests from wills, naming Sunshine as a beneficiary of a charitable trust, annuity or life insurance policy or listing Sunshine as a beneficiary of a bank account.
However you decide to donate, be assured that your gift will change lives for those with developmental disabilities. We appreciate you and thank you for your continued support.
To learn more about Sunshine’s history and our current needs, call Douglas Siebenaler, Director of Legacy Giving, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-794-1393.
The gifts of community are countless in both tangible and intangible ways. But here’s a quantifying slice: 20 percent of the building materials for two new homes Sunshine is building near Little Flower Parish are donated by people and agencies across the region – from garage doors to roof shingles from the hours it takes for what Dick Berry calls a “la
bor of love.”
As the homes take shape, so too does the friendship between Sunshine’s family and the warm, open Little Flower Catholic Parish.
Behind this community: A labor of love.
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
May 3: Friends and supporters joined Sunshine yesterday to celebrate the public launch of a $3.5 million campaign for five new homes that will be opened by the end of next year — homes that will offer neighborhood living for 32 people with developmental disabilities and with that change of address, the opportunity for meaningful connections to community.
Those were the headlines, and they were great.
But what is most thrilling to us is what doesn’t fit snugly into a 15-second sound byte. Frankly, we’re humbled and thunderstruck by the incredible support from old supporters and new friends.
At Little Flower Catholic Church, where we broke ground, parishioners have helped us forge a plan that’s bold and audacious. They’ve embraced us warmly and introduced us to our soon-to-be neighbors. We’ve met over conference tables and in worship. And later this month, we’ll be cutting the rug with them at a Neon Dance at the gym. We. Are. Thrilled.
We are equally humbled by our financial supporters. Projects like ours aren’t possible without donated dollars, of course. But more than that, our donors have poured their hearts as well into this work, infusing this project with a creative enthusiasm that is brilliant and relentless and exhilarating.
And we cannot say enough about our steering committee – men and women who have offered quiet and priceless guidance and connected us to new partnerships. They’ve brainstormed with us sometimes late into the evening and over the weekends. Made endless phone calls on our behalf and sent countless emails. All the while, this committee has remained focused on the most important people in all of this: the men, women and children supported each day by Sunshine Communities.
To all of our supporters, you are amazing. Thank you.
Take a breath for a moment. Celebrate.
And then, with your continued support, we take up the work again toward an ever-brighter Sunshine.