When we think of holiday giving, we usually think first of family, friends, colleagues, and service providers like mail carriers and hairdressers. However, it’s also meaningful to think of others beyond our personal circles, which is why many people make end-of-year donations to charitable and nonprofit organizations. Whatever may have transpired during a given year—whether it’s a golden year, a typical year, or one like 2020—it’s always healthy to finish it by helping to make the next one brighter for those served by good causes.
Making holiday donations is not only generous, but gives back to the person making the donation as well, since some charitable donations come with tax breaks. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this, visit the IRS website to determine whether the charity of your choice is eligible for tax-deductible donations.
Important Services Provided by Autism Support Organizations
Although there are many kinds of autism support groups that provide various levels of service, among the most valuable are those that operate on a holistic level. For example, an autism family support group is able to provide services not only to autistic children, but also to their families and caregivers, whose engagement with therapy programs is so integral to childrens’ development.
Essential services offered by family-centered autism organizations may include the following:
These services take the entire lifestyles of autistic children and their families into consideration rather than focusing only on academic, medical, or therapeutic concerns. When whole families are educated and well-supported, autistic children have a better chance of thriving.
When you donate to autism organizations, you’re helping to make your community more equitable for people with disabilities—but you may be supporting individuals with some truly extraordinary capabilities as well. A 2018 study showed that one third of autistic adults exhibited superior skills in memory, visuo-spatial ability, mathematics, and drawing or music compared with non-autistic adults.
Today, famous autistic people include climate activist Greta Thunberg, actor Anthony Hopkins, professor and scientist Dr. Temple Grandin, artist Stephen Wiltshire, singer Susan Boyle, New York assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, and many other accomplished people with high-profile careers. Making donations to autism-related nonprofits helps autistic individuals reach their full potential and allows the world to benefit from all they have to offer.
Treating children with autism and providing family services is expensive, and can cost about $70,000 a year for a single child. In order to reach as many families as possible—particularly those who are systemically underinvested—autism-related nonprofits must rely heavily on grants, fundraisers, and donations. When you support local organizations and services for autism, you’re helping families in your community gain equitable access to essential resources.
If you are from or live in the Southwest, consider donating to autism organizations in Arizona. One of the best autism organizations to donate to in this state is Arizona Autism United, or AZA United. AZA United is a GuideStar Exchange Gold participant, which is a best practice for charitable organizations nationally. The organization was also ranked as a top-rated nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.org in 2019.
Your donations help support AZA United's Family Scholarship Fund, which allows us to offer families a sliding scale for critical programs that have no other funding available. Families in financial need can only participate because of generous donors like you. Donations also help support AZA United's expansion efforts, to open more centers and make more services available to families in need across the state. Thank you for your support, and for helping change the life of an AZA family!
Donations from Arizona residents qualify for the Charitable Organization Tax Credit, which provides a dollar-for-dollar tax credit up to certain amounts. Click here to learn more. Click here for other ways to support AZA United.