Speech, language and literacy disorders can strike any child – with devastating outcomes. Many of these children struggle daily with the task of speaking, reading and writing. They become used to being teased, ignored, or scolded when they want to say something, when attempting to read, or when asked to write. Unfortunately, countless children with speech, language and literacy disorders are socially promoted from one grade to the next and suffer from extremely low self-confidence and difficulty succeeding academically.
The 14 RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California, a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation has made a lasting difference in the lives of children in California. Each year the Foundation provides support for life-changing speech, language, and literacy treatment of childhood language disorders to more than 2,300 children at the 14 RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California in communities across the state, free of charge. Since its founding in 1958, the Foundation also provides in excess of $200,000.00 annually in support of a wide variety of scholarship assistance to over 100 California students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Foundation’s third component, the Americanism Program provides support services for California’s military Veterans by partnering with trusted organizations to provide funding for job training, legal services and temporary housing for Veterans in need.
The RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California, a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, totally reliant on philanthropy from individuals, foundations and corporate partners. We do not receive any state or federal funding.
We serve children with speech, language and literacy disorders by providing the opportunity for free, life-changing therapy to improve their communication skills.
We are leaders in transitioning children with childhood communication disorders to realize their full potential.
The RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California and the Foundation adhere to the premise that every child with speech, language or literacy disorders should have the opportunity to receive vital therapy from certified Speech Pathologists so that they may lead productive lives; freely communicating with their family, peers, and succeeding academically.
Acquiring these services can be life-changing, providing a renewed sense of self confidence, and the ability to communicate that many take for granted.
All of the above is provided at NO COST to the children we serve.
The RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California is a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation that was founded in 1958 and is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
As we move into the Holiday Season and reflect on our accomplishments this past year, I can’t help sharing about the impact that each of you make with every gift! We are so honored and humbled by your generosity!
Witnessing the change in a child that happens as a result of receiving speech, language or literacy therapy; learning from a student how receiving a scholarship enabled them to earn a college degree; or noticing the tears in a Veteran’s eyes as he/she describes the incredible journey endured to have achieved success – these are some powerful examples of the endless heart-warming stories that were frequently shared throughout the year! Stories of success that were only made possible because of the wonderful generosity from donors and supporters like you! On behalf of the children, the students, and the Veterans we serve, please accept our heart-felt gratitude for your wonderful support that makes the services we provide possible!
As the year comes to a close and you reflect on your own accomplishments and many blessings, think of the need that continues to grow! Think about how you can continue to impact lives and make a difference even before the year ends.
Below are 5 Easy Ways to Give this Holiday Season. Your year-end gift will ensure that the Children, Students and Veterans we support will continue to receive the life-changing services they so desperately need. We are ever grateful for your ongoing support and consideration.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
~ Mother Teresa
In gratefulness, wishing you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season.
Chairman of the Board
5 Easy Ways to Give With Tax-Smart Donations Before December 31st
You can still make an impact this year! There are many ways to give to the California Scottish Rite Foundation or your local RiteCare Childhood Language Center. Several of these offer attractive benefits to you while supporting the important work we do that changes lives.
Here are five popular ways you can still make a difference this year:
Give Cash, Check or a Pledge. Giving Cash, a Check or a Pledge is the simplest way you can support our current needs. To document a cash gift of any amount, you must have a dated receipt from the California Scottish Rite Foundation, so make certain you receive one. A canceled check is only sufficient for gifts less than $250.
Give Appreciated Stock or Other Property. When you give appreciated stock or property to benefit the California Scottish Rite Foundation or a local RiteCare Childhood Language Center of your choice, we will sell it and you will eliminate all the capital gains tax you would have paid had you sold it. Your gift will be deductible at the day of delivery’s full fair market value (assuming you have held it for more than one year).
Donate an Insurance Policy or make an IRA Gift. A gift of a life insurance policy you no longer need makes a perfect year-end gift. To qualify as a deductible gift, the California Scottish Rite Foundation must become the policy owner. For most types of insurance policies, your tax deduction is usually the cost basis or the fair market value of the policy, whichever is less. Make a Gift from your IRA. If you are 70½ or older, you can make a difference by transferring any amount up to $100,000 annually directly from your IRA. The transfer doesn’t generate taxable income or a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your tax deductions.
Invest in a Life Income Plan/Charitable Gift Annuity. A life income gift/charitable gift annuity provides you with payments for the rest of your life and the California Scottish Rite Foundation or local RiteCare Childhood Language Center of your choice with support thereafter. If you use appreciated securities that you’ve owned longer than a year to fund the gift, you will be entitled to an income tax deduction based, in part, on the charitable portion of the securities’ full value, in addition to eliminating up-front capital gains tax.
Contact Lynne Elwan, Chief Philanthropy Officer at 714-547-7325 for helpful tips about getting the most from your gift this year while benefiting the children, students and Veterans we serve.