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Are you looking to donate to your charity of choice? We are sure that you may have many questions about the process so we are here to provide a clearer guide to the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit through the Arizona Department of Revenue.

You’ve probably heard of the AZ Charitable Tax Credit, but maybe you don’t know much about it. How does it work? How much can I donate? How much can I give to make a difference? That’s okay, we’re here for you!

The state of Arizona provides a variety of individual tax credits. These tax credits allow Arizona taxpayers to make charitable contributions reducing your tax liability and receive dollar-for-dollar reductions in their Arizona state tax liabilities.

How Does the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit Work?

Fortunately, the process for making a charitable contribution and claiming the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit is relatively straightforward. There are four steps to document your donation and claim your tax credits.

  1. Donate to a qualified charitable organization (QCO or QFCO), such as a 501(c)(3) organization like Gompers
  2. Maintain a receipt of your gift from the charity, in order to provide a copy with your tax return
  3. Complete the relevant tax form to claim one or more credits for your gift(s): Arizona Form 321 for gifts to QCOs, and/or Arizona Form 352 for gifts to QFCOs
  4. Calculate your individual tax return (e.g. Arizona Form 140, 140NR, 140PY or 140X), subtracting your tax credits from your tax liability, in order to reduce your Arizona state tax balance. Include either Arizona Form 321 or Arizona Form 352, or both, with this return

Limits to the AZ Charitable Tax Credit

The maximum allowable credit for contributions to QCOs for single taxpayers, married (filing separately) filers or heads of households is $400; for joint taxpayers, the maximum credit is $800. The maximum credit for contributions to QFCOs for single taxpayers, married (filing separately) filers or heads of households is $500; for joint taxpayers, the maximum credit is $1,000.

Deadlines For Contributions

The state of Arizona allows taxpayers to claim tax credits for gifts through April of the current year for the prior tax year. In 2020, the deadline for making a charitable contribution for the 2019 tax year under the AZ Charitable Tax Credit is April 15, 2020.

Now its Your Turn!

Take time to learn more about the above and donate to your charity of choice today!

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Reader pens are a win at Gompers!

KTVK New Channel 3 Arizona followed coverage on Gompers and how Reader pens have done amazing things for our students skills and confidence. In an article from this year, you can watch as Channel 3 brings the use of Reader Pens at Gompers to light.

Each Reader Pen has helped Gompers students by allowing then to hear printed text aloud. As our developmentally disabled students move through our community, this assistive technology can make a big difference. This device contributes to literacy independence, comprehension, and even increases students social skills.

Reading Technology at Gompers

As an organization made up of people who are passionate about assisting individuals with disabilities, we at Gompers utilize this technology to help students achieve their highest level of independence.

Jack Churchill, Co-Founder and CEO of Scanning Pens, said, “Gompers have been incredibly vocal about what the ReaderPens have done to assist their people, right from day one. Their feedback, and others like them, have helped us shape the support we provide. Every time we find ourselves featured on a respected news source; it just further reinforces that our hard work is allowing us to deliver reading aid to those that really need it.”

If you would like to learn more about what we do at Gompers or would like to donate to our cause visit our website today!

To view more see studies on Reader Pens visit their YouTube Channel.

 

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The coronavirus is top of mind in the news today and we all know that there are many risks to catching this, or any, virus. One group of people that this discussion hasn’t included is the developmentally disabled adults that we continue to support.

On March 16, 2020, KJZZ 91.5 sheds a little light on this fact and provides more information from our President and CEO, Mark Jacoby. Read their article Coronavirus Impacts People with Disability and their Caregivers.

The coronavirus knows no borders and can affect anyone, but at Gompers we know that our students and their caregivers can be especially at risk. Our program offers 1-on-1 support to our students that is essential to their daily lives.

Our faithful families and community supporters know this is very challenging times of uncertainty. In order to stay connected with out students and community, we continue to offer educational experiences that help propel our students forward.

With that we are continuing to do two things:

  • Practice social distancing, wash your hands, and do all the things that will allow us to get back to normal soon!
  • Say a prayer for our families, members, students and staff. They are truly what makes Gompers great and we need to keep them in our thoughts now.

If you are looking for more coronavirus resources for families, activity ideas and more visit our resource link.

If you would like to support our non-profit please visit our website and find the time to donate to our mission of empowering people with disabilities.

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Fox 10 News showcases our integration with new technology that we are incorporating at Gompers Phoenix.

C-Pen Readers are a game-changer for Gompers students that scan written words then read it out loud. These scan pens can then read the text out loud for the individual to understand it better. These portable, pocket-sized pens offer breakthrough technology to help anyone that may need a little help reading. To learn more about the C-Pen reader technology visit scanningpens.com

As a non-profit organization with a mission to transform lives, Gompers uses these pens with our students to help create more independent students that can excel in this world.

If you would like to help out our organization by donating one of these pens to our students, visit our website today and support out mission!

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With Stressors Increasing During the Holiday Season, Gompers Helps Families Care for Children and Adults with Special Needs 

PHOENIX – Nov. 7, 2019 – The pressures on today’s parents are considerable, from providing a safe and stable home to managing school demands and extracurricular schedules. For parents whose children have special needs, the load is even greater.

The U.S Census Bureau and Center for Disease Control both report that one in five Americans lives with a disability. For those with limited physical, mental or cognitive abilities, special care such as toileting, bathing, eating, dressing and mobility is often needed. 

With the approach of the holiday season – and an increase in demands on their time and finances – the burden on caregivers can become unbearable. 

Gompers, a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization serving people with disabilities, provides an array of in-home services that ease the strain on caregivers while fostering independence in children and adults. These services, funded through Arizona’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), are available at no cost to families who meet eligibility criteria. 

“Taking care of a special-needs child is mentally, physically and emotionally taxing,” said Juan Angulo, in-home services director for Gompers. “Even when they’re not providing hands-on care, they’re managing medical appointments, health insurance, their child’s education and a multitude of other details. The holidays can become the breaking point for parents and other caregivers who are already stretched too thin.”

Maryvale resident Jannette Greer is the grandmother and primary caregiver of 11-year-old Aaron, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as a young child. Before receiving support services from Gompers, she experienced this stress first-hand.

“It was such a challenge,” she said. “I spent so much time caring for Aaron that I had nothing left at the end of the day. I was exhausted, but I was committed to giving him everything he needed. The holidays were always a high point of stress because I just didn’t have extra time.”

Greer was referred to Gompers in 2017 for in-home services for her grandson. The Greers were matched with Armenda Chambers, an in-home service provider who works with Aaron on a near-daily basis to develop life skills while also offering attendant and respite care that benefits the entire family.

“She is excellent with him,” said Greer. “The work she is doing with Aaron is helping him to be more independent. He has learned how to shower by himself and to make an after-school snack. These things have made a huge difference in our quality of life. More than that, they have fun together. She has become part of our family. Having Armenda in our lives has been an awesome thing.”

“Armenda and our other providers allow parents and guardians to catch their breath and to focus more on being a family member rather than a caregiver, “added Angulo.

Gompers’ in-home services for children and adults include:
  • Habilitation: Providers teach daily living skills that enable people to become more independent. For example, they help people learn to clean their rooms, brush their teeth, get dressed, count money, and numerous other skills. 
  • Respite: This includes short-term care to give the parent or guardian reprieve from the considerable responsibilities of caregiving. Respite can be provided at the home or in the community, and may include activities like going to the mall, park, movies or bowling.
  • Attendant Care: Providers can help with non-medical, personal care assistance including meal preparation, light cleaning, grooming, mobility, laundry and shopping.

“Many caregivers of children and adults with special needs have outside jobs. Having a provider like Armenda who can come in the mornings and help them get ready for the day can make all the difference in the world,” said Angulo.

For more information about Gompers’ in-home services, visit gompers.org. To learn about eligibility through DDD, visit https://des.az.gov/services/disabilities/developmental-disabilities.

About Gompers

For over 70 years, Gompers has served people with disabilities in the Phoenix metro area with a holistic focus on the needs of the individual. As a core value, Gompers recognizes and celebrates that each person brings a unique set of abilities, skill sets and potential to our organization. The result is that Gompers’ daily environment is rich with insight, humor, humility, compassion and genuine caring about the needs of others.

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Gompers President and CEO Shares his view on how developmentally disabled adults can have a positive impact on business with Phoenix Business Journal.

Everyday talented individuals step foot into the work world to support our community with a variety of positions, and many are developmentally disabled.

With our help and through our employment services program, Gompers can support our disabled students through hands on learning to achieve new levels of independence. Theses learned experiences drive new opportunities for our students to make a positive impact in the working world. Gompers is proud to provide essential services to individuals that teach required skills to be successful in the workplace.

As a number one resource for individuals with developmental disabilities, we at Gompers Habilitation Center exist for our families. Our staff and community are passionate about providing outstanding services to all people with disabilities and their families.

Contact us today to learn more or donate to our cause and help transform the services we provide.

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Gompers Leads the Way for The Developmentally Disabled

Gompers Private School of Phoenix serves children with developmental disabilities grades 1-12. We are an organization made up of people who are passionate about assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve their highest level of independence and productivity in our community.

At Gompers, our expertise is providing education and teaching skills to manage day-to-day functions with individuals that need assistive care. We understand that parents need a trusted place they can turn to help provide special education for their family members with disabilities. The strong team at Gompers is here to help.

Our person-centered platform acknowledges each person’s right to determine and achieve his or her personal goals. Working with the staff and executives at Gompers enables each caregiver the ability to set challenging goals to improve the lives their loved-ones.

Our personalized educational platforms meets each individual’s needs to help them achieve better independence.

With large classrooms, we offer ample space to move around with supportive staff. We have a very low student to staff ratio to give each student the individualized learning and understanding needed to adapt to each situation.

If you would like to learn more about our programs or donate to our cause, visit our website today!

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Learn What It’s Like to Work With Members With Disabilities at Gompers

If you want to make a positive impact to someones life, Gompers would be a great place to work. Our members and staff are a continued source of support to those who are developmentally disabled.

Our aim is to function in a very nurturing and positive environment for the benefit of our members and for our staff. Being an employee at Gompers you will experience a rewarding work. Getting to know our members on a personal level our staff experience joy often when our members progress with unconditional support. Teach something new and be excited to come to work to promote independence for people that need your support.

Join Our Family

Open your heart to a new kind of joy when you work at Gompers and help empower people with disabilities today! Contact us to learn more or check out our job openings to see if one fits your skills. We are excited to do what we do come join us!

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Changing Lives

Gompers members with complex communication needs have access to life changing assistive technology services that empower people with disabilities. With the use of the assistive technology department and tools that Gompers provides students with the confidence needed to increase their overall progress in learning and communicating.

Technology Tools for Change

Tools like like assistive technology help students with certain disabilities learn more effectively. There is a range of technologies like graphic organizer worksheets to cutting-edge software and smartphone apps. These tools help students gain more confidence in their abilities and make a difference in the abilities in how students learn and comprehend information.

Students at Gompers have access to smart charts for device users through computer tools sequences for users to practice and learn out in the field.

Support Gompers

If you are interested in supporting our cause please visit our website and find the time to donate to our mission of empowering people with disabilities.

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Gompers Business Services

The business services we offer at Gompers allows our students and members to provide quality business solutions for local companies. We offer support to our business partners through excellent customer service and responsive assistance. Our business solutions team members provide exceptional quality, efficient services to allow you to meet consumer demands. Using our business solutions allows businesses to control costs that is essential to profitability.

Areas Gompers can help your business include:

  • Assembly Services
  • Document Services
  • Packaging and Repackaging
  • Order Fulfillment
  • Janitorial Services
  • TANDEM Document Professionals

Love Working at Gompers

Our business solutions team members do an exceptional job at quality control and order fulfillment and love doing it. Each project brings confidence and each person with disabilities helping to complete the job a sense of accomplishment they carry on throughout their lives.

We Can Help Your Business

Contact us to learn more about our business solutions services. We are excited to do what we do, come join us! If you are interested in supporting our cause please visit our website and find the time to donate to our mission of empowering people with disabilities.