How your money is used:
$50 can buy a backpack and school supplies
$100 can buy 40 brand new books for children to keep
$250 can buy snacks for 2 semesters for 20 children
$500 can pay for an excursion for 10 children including a van, fees and lunch
$1,000 can establish a new program and fund it for one full year
Monthly gifts are a manageable way to have a big impact:
$25/month = $300/year, and can buy arts and crafts supplies for 3 programs
$50/month = $600/year, and can buy a week of Path To Shine summer camp for 15 children
$100/month = $1,200/year, and can buy an excursion for 25 children including 2 vans, fees and lunch
$125/month = $1,500/year, and can support a child for 1 year through Fund the Gap (Read more below)
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This link will take you directly there! Games and puzzles, flashcards and playing cards, are all put to good use at our programs.
We rely exclusively on the generosity of our individual and business-based donors to provide the necessary funding for us to support under-served children. Path To Shine® can't happen without monetary gifts from people like you. And did you know you will be happier if you donate? Check out this article, or this TED talk.
By check: Checks can be written to Path To Shine and mailed to 2160 Cooper Lake Rd. S,E., Smyrna, GA 30080
By credit card or PayPal: Please keep in mind that PayPal charges fees for processing so if you'd like to add a few extra bucks to offset those costs, we'd appreciate it! And you can sign up below to make monthly payments as a Sustaining Donor
Through family and friends: Do you have a birthday coming up? Are you celebrating an anniversary, or your retirement? Do your children have enough "stuff" and you want to begin to develop habits about giving to others? Family and friends can be asked to make a donation for any of these (or other) special occasions. We will thank them on your behalf and let you know that a gift was made in your honor.
With a gift of securities or IRA Charitable Transfer: Did you know that a charitable gift of stock can provide you with tax advantages? And, if you are 70½ years of age or older, a transfer from your IRA directly to Path To Shine will not be included in your gross income. Consider asking your broker or financial adviser about these options. We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and them, to discuss this further.
By way of Estate Planning: Consider Path To Shine as a beneficiary in your Will. There may even be estate tax benefits for you, so discuss this with your legal and financial advisors. We would be pleased to meet with you as well.
Established in the fall of 2014, this fund provides financial support for bright, motivated children who have gone through the Path To Shine program, and have been accepted into an independent school. While academic scholarships are available from the schools themselves to cover tuition costs, there are many other expenses such as uniforms, books, activity fees, supplies, lunch and transportation, that a family living in poverty simply cannot afford. Help us Fund the Gap by making a monthly donation of $125. (Be sure to indicate Fund the Gap in the comments section of your PayPal receipt.) You can read more about this program here.