Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act CARES Act

On March 27, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Here's how it could benefit you by making a gift to Families First:

The Act creates a new incentive for charitable givers – an above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300. The incentive applies to cash contributions made in 2020 and can be claimed on tax forms next year. The law also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent. For corporations, the law raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent. 

Your support makeS A difference

This is a critical time for families and children. Violence, substance use disorders, mental illnesses, and suicide take an enormous toll on our community and have far-reaching effects on families. For many, the stakes are high: They're fighting to save a marriage, a child, a job, a home, and for some, to maintain their independence. Many are searching for a change in their lives, a different trajectory - a better future.

That's where you come in. Your financial support builds a framework of well-being, stability, and hope to help individuals and families in our community recover, work through challenges, and meet their full potential. Your gift provides professional counseling, education and support to men, women and children, regardless of their ability to pay.

You can select to support a specific service or give where it's most needed on the "Gift Options" tab of our Make A Donation form. Here you can also commemorate others with a tribute or memorial gift.

MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and PayPal accepted.

Families First is a not-for-profit organization registered as a 501 (c)(3) organization. We will not sell or rent your name or contact information. We are accredited by the Council on Accreditation and our financial records are audited annually to ensure your gift is used as you intended.

  • To make a gift by mail - send your check made out to Families First to:
    2240 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.
  • To make a gift by phone - call 317-644-7207
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See how a gift like yours provided life-changing stability for one family.

The stakes are high for the people we serve. They face tough odds. But with your support, many will heal and achieve their potential. 

Together, we can help families thrive, and Central Indiana grow as a healthy and productive community.