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NEW LAW: Special rule for contributions in 2020 only!

For cash contributions you make in 2020, you are allowed to deduct up to 100% of your adjusted gross income.  And, even if you do not itemize your deductions in 2020, you still can reduce your taxable income by up to $300 to offset cash contributions. Learn more about the CARES Act

Some of the most common ways to make a gift to Salesian Missions are to write a check, make a gift using a credit card, or donate online.

A gift of cash could be right for you if:

  • You want the easiest way to donate to Salesian Missions. 
  • You want the largest possible income tax charitable deduction for your gift.
  • You would like to make the gift to Salesian Missions that has the greatest immediate impact.

How it works
You make a gift of cash directly to Salesian Missions and you receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction.

How Your Gift Helps

Your gifts to Salesian Missions help to provide for the material and spiritual needs of poor and abandoned individuals, especially the young. It will provide Salesian Missions with the resources to…

How Your Gift Helps
enable poor and suffering children to live better lives and build brighter futures;
How Your Gift Helps
rebuild lives and help young people become self-sufficient;
How Your Gift Helps
aid in emergency relief during natural disasters, traumatic events and civil war.

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What is an outright gift of cash?
An outright gift of cash is when you transfer funds to Salesian Missions and get nothing of financial value in return. The most common way for donors to make an outright gift is to write a check payable to Salesian Missions.

Gift provides immediate support
Unlike some other gift arrangements, your outright gift will provide resources that Salesian Missions can put to immediate use. If you prefer to restrict our use of your gift in any way, please contact us so that we can be sure that we can carry out your wishes.   

Maximum tax savings
You may deduct the full amount of your donation up to 60% of your adjusted gross income, providing tax savings if you itemize. You may carry forward all of your unused deduction for up to five additional years.

Ways to give cash
Most donors make an outright gift by writing a check payable to Salesian Missions and mailing it to us. You may also make a cash gift using your credit card.


Lydia Anderson would like to make an immediate $15,000 gift to Salesian Missions. Lydia could write a check for this amount and earn a charitable deduction equal to $15,000. Alternatively, Lydia could make a gift using her credit card by calling us on the phone, responding to a mailing, or by donating online through our website. Gifts of checks and gifts made via credit cards are considered cash gifts.


  • Lydia may deduct up to 60% of her adjusted gross income for her gift of cash, providing tax savings if she itemizes.
  • If Lydia itemizes deductions but cannot use the entire deduction in the year of gift, she may carry the balance forward for up to five additional years. 
  • Assuming Lydia itemizes deductions and can use her entire income tax charitable deduction of $15,000, she will save her $5,550 (37% tax).
  • Lydia will gain the satisfaction of making a $15,000 gift to Salesian Missions.