Funds invested in the Woodson Center’s efforts to strengthen effective community initiatives have produced impact that far exceed the amount given.
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Why Be A Donor?

Through our programs, individual lives are changed, schools are made safe for learning and neighborhoods are revitalized. The Woodson Center works with reform-minded legislators and policymakers to find ways to implement practical solutions that are successfully utilized by our community-based organizations to restore broken and impoverished neighborhoods and promote greater self-sufficiency and independence. Your contribution will permit us to continue to strengthen our programs and be of better service to the thousands of neighborhood groups, civic leaders, legislators and policymakers that seek our advice and assistance.

Your investment in the Woodson Center’s efforts far exceed the amount given. For example, the Violence Free Zone created by Milwaukee’s Running Rebels resulted in a striking decrease in violence and truancy in the schools and a decrease in crime in the surrounding community as well. In addition, a Running Rebels diversion program that provided extensive monitoring in lieu of the incarceration of young offenders generated a savings of $63 million for the county.

How Donors Help

Donors invest in the Woodson Center with both general support and project-specific gifts that help us address the numerous challenges presented by our vast network of Community Affiliates, from civil disorder, substance abuse and lack of funding to housing issues and regulatory barriers. Our donors also contribute in-kind gifts in the form of products and services. The Woodson Center is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and all contributions are fully deductible within the limits of the law.

What Our Donors Have Helped Accomplish

Through the generosity of our donors, our work has made a difference in the lives of thousands of individuals around the country. Their contributions have helped us:

  • Provide training and technical assistance to more than 26,000 Individuals around the country
  • Reduce youth violence through our Violence Free Zone initiative
  • Provide safe passage for young people whose lives are in danger - Transform lives, families, schools and neighborhoods through our Community Affiliates Network
  • Influence national policy with practical examples of successful solutions

Alternate Giving Methods

You may wish to help the WC by choosing an alternative giving method. Some of these variations are discussed in more detail below. Please remember that the WC is not in a position to offer legal or financial advice. When considering the tax or other effects of a gift to the WC, we are here to help and discuss any strategy you may wish to pursue in making a contribution to the WC. But the WC is only one part of the process. Effective financial management and charitable giving requires working with attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors. Please consult your own attorney or financial advisors when making such a decision.

Donate Stock

If you have owned stock for more than one year and it has appreciated in value you will be able to use the current value of the stock as your charitable deduction. If you sell appreciated stock, rather than donating it, you will be required to pay capital gains tax on the appreciated value. By donating the stock to WC you will avoid paying capital gains tax.

Electronic delivery of stock shares is the most secure and expedient delivery process available and provides efficient internal control as well as cost savings. However, you may also transfer certificates directly. To help you facilitate a gift of stock please use the following instructions.

Securities Delivered Electronically: For information about transferring stock directly to WC’s account, please contact Terence Mathis, WC Vice President, at (202) 518-6500.

Securities Delivered by Mail: Mail your unendorsed certificate(s) and Irrevocable Stock or Bond Power, in separate envelopes, by registered mail, to Woodson Center, 1625 K Street, NW Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006.

Regardless of the method chosen to deliver a gift of stock, the donor or the transferring broker must provide the following information, for audit and acknowledgment purposes:

  • Donor’s name and complete address
  • Name and number of securities transferred
  • Specific WC program to which gift should be directed, if any

You may provide a letter, or send an email to communicate this information at time of transfer to the Woodson Center, Attn: Gift Planning, 1625 K Street, NW Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006.

Matching Gifts

Please remember that many employers will match your gift dollar-for-dollar or more providing additional support for WC. Often these programs are also extended to retirees. If your employer has a matching gift program, it is a simple and effective way to maximize your charitable dollars. Please check with your employer to see if you qualify for a matching gift program.


A simple commonly used method to ensure WC’s legacy is to name WC as a beneficiary in your will. You can do this in one of three ways:

  1. You can leave WC a specific amount of cash or specific property. For example, an individual could give the sum of $100,000.00 or give 500 shares of AZX Company stock to WC.
  2. You can leave WC a fixed percentage of your estate. For example, an individual could give 30 percent of the residue of their estate to WC.
  3. You can leave WC all or part of the residue of the estate after bequests to other beneficiaries have been made. For example, I give the residue of my real and personal estate to WC.

Please note that WC is a 501(c) 3 organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Donor Privacy Policy
Form 990
Audited Financial Statement
VFZ Fact Sheet
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