This year has been a mess for everyone… and we get that many (maybe most) of you aren’t in as good a financial position as you were last year. However, that’s also true for all of the A.T. Users we support, as well as all the Robotics teams & Makers who are having to re-invent themselves this year – we are handling more requests for help then ever before!
So, if you are considering making a charitable donation this year, here’s a few reasons to consider adding ATMakers.org to the causes you support.
- 100% of all donated funds go directly to our program participants. Our founder (and the generous folks at his company, LessonPix.com) cover all of ATMakers’ overhead including our physical location, insurance, IT infrastructure, salaries, etc. Donations are applied to raw materials to make devices and costs associated directly with activities we sponsor – we will waste none of your generous gift.
- You can earmark your donation if you wish: simply tell us where you’d like your money applied in the “Special Instructions” field or shoot us an email. Current programs are our Accessible Gaming program (including the FreedomWing), our IntelliKeys Rescue program, our Robotics Outreach work or our work in building and deploying Custom AT Solutions that help Digitize the Intent of our users.
- We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity (see this IRS page) so your donations may be deductible from your income taxes. This year, the CARES act also allows a $300 deduction even if you are taking the standard deduction (obviously check with your accountant).
Not to mention, we’ve built a community of over 3,000 users where AT Users seek and find help every day. Engineers, Makers, and students find meaningful engagement and are able to further their skills while helping others – it’s awesome!
Today is #GivingTuesday on Adafruit . In the makers/electronics/engineering community we all have something we can give, our time, our talents, our code, our designs, and today we’re celebrating companies and organizations that help make this happen. We’re also celebrating organizations and people that could use your help to keep their efforts going.
We’ll be posting all day with some #GivingTuesday ideas to consider, post yours and we’ll help get the word out.
GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. GivingTuesday was born and incubated at the 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City. GivingTuesday is now an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give.