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Need an End of the Year Charitable Deduction?

December 12th, 2013

Need an end-of-year charitable deduction for your 2013 tax return?  You can reduce your tax liability and support SkillsUSA’s mission delivery by making a donation to SkillsUSA’s foundation.  Click on the blue “Donate” button on SkillsUSA’s home page and follow instructions.  If you already have a standing pledge to the Skills Build America Campaign, you can advance your 2014 pledge payment or make an additional one-time gift.

You may also want to consider a gift of appreciated stock.  This offers several advantages.

  •  Avoid capital gains tax on the stock donated
  • Acquire a tax deduction for the value of the stock donated
  • Support SkillsUSA students and programs.

Please contact SkillsUSA’s Eric Gearhart at 703.737.0603, if you desire to explore a donation of securities.

SkillsUSA is a IRS-designated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.  All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.


Connecting and Engaging our Stakeholders

December 1st, 2013

We’ve recently had some good opportunities to make some important connections with groups of SkillsUSA stakeholders from across the country.

On November 4-5, I traveled to Houston, Texas and participated in a meeting with Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA) and four of our state association directors. This was one of several regional meetings IAA is holding to connect their local and regional managers with SkillsUSA in the states where they do business. We met at IAA’s Houston facility and were joined there by state directors Stacy Scott and Pat Conner (Texas), Larry Rabalais (La.) and Darren Gibson (Okla.). IAA was represented by their corporate HR director and a corporate vice president (both from their Chicago headquarters), and a branch manager and three managers from the aforementioned states. IAA became an official sponsor last year, and they are very impressed with our students. They are developing strategies to hire our students, and this meeting was a wonderful opportunity to bring our state leaders together face-to-face with the industry leaders who will be doing the hiring. IAA is working with us to plan a similar meeting on the west coast early in 2014.

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