When a young woman becomes homeless, every moment she spends on the street increases her risk for exploitation and trafficking. Reaching her quickly is critical for her safety. Often, Alternatives For Girls is her only lifeline.
We meet girls and women where they are. At Alternatives For Girls, they can access safe shelter, crisis support, and so much more. With this support, girls can stay out of harm’s way, succeed in school, graduate, and become leaders in their communities. Most importantly, they have a safe place to learn and grow.
Over a year ago, Maria was looking for a safe space to make new friends and gain academic support. Maria heard from a friend about Alternatives For Girls.
Maria has been able to gain the confidence needed to believe in herself since joining AFG!
"AFG helps me to cope better with the stress of the school year."
Your gift will allow AFG to continue supporting high-risk and homeless girls and young women who reach out to us every day.
AFG Prevention Program
AFG's Prevention Program serves girls, aged 10-19, who are at risk of pregnancy, gang involvement, abusing drugs or alcohol, and school truancy. Finding self-esteem, improving a grade-point average, rejecting drugs and alcohol, pregnancy prevention, connecting with a mentor, discovering untapped talents — these are some of the experiences girls have when they take part in AFG’s Prevention Programming. These experiences can happen during the course of the school year through our Afterschool program or through our Rise-N-Shine summer program or across the span of several years through our Asset Building Program, as girls mature from 10 to 19 years of age, building their character on a foundation of positive choices.
AFG Shelter/Transition to Independent Living Program
New ideas, new paths, new people emerge from the AFG Shelter. It is a place where homeless girls and young women (15-21 years) who have faced tremendous obstacles and found themselves without a home or a family to provide for them, learn to discover abilities and callings that lead them toward meaningful careers and productive lives. It all begins with finishing diplomas and advancing toward degrees, developing a strong work ethic, becoming good mothers (for those who are pregnant or parenting), acquiring financial literacy, learning cooperation and respect for others, and the growth of self-esteem. Participants redefine themselves and reshape their futures.
Outreach and Education Services (OES) Program
AFG's Outreach Program helps teens and women engaged in high-risk activities, such as sex trafficking, drug use and gang involvement, understand the risks of such activities and transition to safe choices and healthy lives.AFG Outreach serves as a lifeline to many young and adult women seeking to remove themselves from situations and activities that threaten their well-being, their futures, and their lives. Staff and volunteers encounter girls and women on the streets, in all seasons, during daylight and after dark, providing harm-reduction kits, referrals, and direct services — links to life-saving and support services. During Street Outreach- compassion and safe alternatives for those involved in sex work or are victims of human trafficking create hope that tomorrow will be better. Peer Education is a youth leadership program that trains at-risk youth to reach out to other at-risk youth in the community. The teams focus on topics such as healthy relationships, HIV, homelessness, internet bullying, and making positive life choices.
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How The CARES Act Impacts Individual Charitable Giving
Electing individuals who itemize deductions on their personal income tax return (including couples filing a joint return) can deduct qualified cash charitable donations limited to 100% of their adjusted gross income (AGI), beginning with donations made in 2020. Under previous law, such contributions were included in the 60% of AGI limit.
Qualified contributions are disregarded in applying the 60% limit on cash contributions of individuals, and rules on carryovers of excess contributions. Such contributions are allowed as a deduction only to the extent that the aggregate of those contributions does not exceed the excess of 100% of AGI, over the amount of all other charitable contributions allowed as a deduction for the contribution year.
In light of The CARES Act, taxpayers can eliminate their income subject to regular income tax with charitable donations. For example, a couple with $100,000 in AGI may donate $100,000 to a qualified nonprofit and eliminate their regular income tax bill for 2020. Taxpayers will want to work with their tax advisor to coordinate the added charitable deduction with other deductions and credits to achieve maximum benefit. Previously, the charitable deduction for a couple with $100,000 in AGI would have been limited to $60,000, so the same couple would have paid tax (reduced by tax credits) on the taxable income remaining after other deductions. Qualified contributions in excess of the deduction limit can be carried forward to future years.
This is a significant increase and potential tax planning idea for certain people. Cash donations qualify for the new 100% limit, if paid to public charities and certain other charitable organizations, other than 509(a)(3) supporting organizations or donor advised funds.
Also, for 2020, individuals who do not itemize deductions can deduct up to $300 per taxpayer in annual cash charitable contributions as an above-the-line deduction. This deduction is allowed in addition to the standard deduction allowable to those taxpayers.
For example, if a married couple has $100,000 in income and takes the standard deduction, the couple can reduce adjusted gross income to $99,700 with a $300 contribution. To qualify for this deduction, the gift must be made in cash and directly to a qualified charity. Donations made to a donor-advised fund or private foundation do not qualify.