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Ways to Give

Donate Online
Join The Blue Bird Circle in bringing healing and hope to children with neurological disorders such as epilepsy, autism, cerebral palsy and Batten's disease. Your financial gift makes possible excellent care and breakthrough research. You may make a single or monthly donation.
Make Your Online Gift Today
Give by Mail
Mail checks to:
The Blue Bird Circle
P.O. Box 66027
Houston, TX 77266
Memorial and Tribute Gifts
A donation to The Blue Bird Circle is a unique way to remember or honor friends and family. It’s a truly meaningful way to celebrate the life of someone you've lost. And tribute gifts are perfect to honor special milestones such as birthdays or anniversaries for the person who has everything. The Circle will send appropriate acknowledgements to the donor and to the honoree or family.
Make Your Memorial or Tribute Gift
Gifts of Stock
Help make a difference for the 14 percent of children who are affected by neurological conditions. Donating publicly traded securities to The Blue Bird Circle not only advances our mission, but it potentially offers a number of financial benefits for you:
• A federal income charitable contribution tax deduction based on the stock’s fair market value on the date of the gift if you owned the stock for more than one year; and
• Avoidance of capital gains tax that is due when you sell appreciated stock.
Distributions from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
Has The Blue Bird Circle enriched your life or the lives of your family members? If you are retired, you may want to consider giving back to The Blue Bird Circle and at the same time, meet your IRA required minimum distribution.

If you are 72 years of age (73 if you reach age 72 after December 31, 2022) or older, you are required to make annual and taxable withdrawals from your IRA. The amount that you are required to withdraw is called your required minimum distribution (RMD). If you are fortunate enough to not need your entire yearly RMD amount for living expenses, you may be interested in donating all (up to $100,000) or part of your required minimum distribution. These donations are tax-free and could reduce your income tax bill, depending on your tax rate. Consult with your financial advisor to learn more and ensure correct transfer.
Legacy Gifts
If The Blue Bird Circle is a meaningful part of your life, you may wish to consider making a legacy gift to ensure that service to children with neurological disorders endures far into the future.

Legacy gifts may be made in any of the following ways:
• Name The Blue Bird Circle as a beneficiary of your will.
• Designate The Blue Bird Circle as a beneficiary of retirement assets including an IRA, 401 (k), 403 (b) or other pension plans.
• Donate a life insurance policy to The Blue Bird Circle or simply name it as a beneficiary.
More Legacy Giving Information
Employer Matching Gifts
Many companies will double or even triple the impact of your gifts and volunteer hours with a matching gift, including gifts made after retirement. Check with your employer for more details.
Other Ways to Give
The Blue Bird Circle may consider other gifts after review by the Finance Committee. These may include:
• Oil and gas royalty interests
• Real estate
• Mortgages and notes
• Life insurance
• Goods not appropriate for sale within The Blue Bird Circle resale shop

For more information contact The Blue Bird Circle President at president@thebluebirdcircle.com or The Blue Bird Circle Treasurer at circletreasurer@thebluebirdcircle.com
The information presented on this page is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor.

Giving FAQs

These Giving FAQs are meant to serve as a basis of understanding of the various donation avenues available to you in making a donation to The Blue Bird Circle or The Blue Bird Circle Foundation. Currently, ways to Donate are: Single or Monthly Donations made to our current donation platform (online or by mail), Memorial or Tribute Gifts, Gifts of Stock, Distributions from an IRA or Legacy Gifts. If you have additional questions, please reach out to The Blue Bird Circle Treasurer (circletreasurer@thebluebirdcircle.com) or The Blue Bird Circle President (president@thebluebirdcircle.com)

You can donate to The Blue Bird Circle or The Blue Bird Circle Foundation through several methods: online donations via our website, mailing a check, or contacting us directly for other donation options.

Donations to The Blue Bird Circle/Foundation support our mission to provide funding for medical research focused on pediatric neurology and childhood neurological disorders.

The purpose of The Blue Bird Circle Foundation is to build and manage an endowment to provide long-term financial support to the programs of the Circle.

Endowment funds are maintained in investment accounts which are managed by independent investment managers guided by the investment policy approved by the Board of Directors of the Circle and the Foundation, respectively. The performance objectives are to safeguard their assets and preserve the real purchasing power of their assets while earning investment returns to meet the Circle's operational requirements. The target performance objective is to seek returns on their investments that are in excess of the rate of inflation. The Circle and the Foundation seek to control risk and reduce volatility in the investment portfolio through diversification.

The information presented in this document is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor.

For more information contact The Blue Bird Circle Treasurer:

circletreasurer@thebluebirdcircle.com

Yes, The Blue Bird Circle accepts donations in honor or memory of individuals. You can specify this information when making your donation.

Yes, The Blue Bird Circle is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so your donations are generally tax-deductible. However, it's advisable to consult with a tax professional for specific advice regarding your situation.

The Blue Bird Circle sends a confirmation acknowledgment letter  for all donations made online or by mail. If you don't receive one, please reach out for assistance.

Recurring donations can typically be set up through our donation platform on our website or by contacting The Blue Bird Circle directly. Options are for monthly, quarterly, or annual recurring donations.

Yes, you can specify if you want your donation to support a particular program or initiative run by The Blue Bird Circle. Please visit the Ways of Giving page for additional information or you may contact The Blue Bird Circle for information.

There are a variety of ways. You can provide for The Blue Bird Circle or The Blue Bird Foundation in your will, as a beneficiary of retirement accounts such as an IRA, 403 (b), 401 (k), as a beneficiary of an insurance policy, or beneficiary of a bank account under the payable upon death provision.

Below are a variety of gift options and sample wording for your will:

  1. Undesignated gift
    Example: "I give and bequeath $25,000 to The Blue Bird Circle in Houston, Texas to be used for its general purposes."Example: "I give and bequeath ____ percent of my residuary estate to The Blue Bird Circle in Houston, Texas to be used by it for its general purposes."
  2. Foundation gift
    Example: "I give and bequeath $25,000 to The Blue Bird Circle Foundation in Houston,Texas."
    Example: "I give and bequeath ____ percent of my residuary estate to The Blue Bird Circle Foundation in Houston, Texas ."
  3. Restricted gift
    Example: "I give and bequeath $25,000 to The Blue Bird Circle in Houston, Texas to be designated to The Blue Bird Research Fund."
  4. Contingent gift
    Example: "I give and bequeath ____________ to my spouse, if he or she survives me. If my spouse does not survive me, I give and bequeath ____________ to The Blue Bird Circle in Houston, Texas to be used by it for its general purposes."

Please visit the " Legacy Giving Information" sheet on this website.

Children with neurological disorders run into constant struggles to live a normal life. At The Blue Bird Circle, we fund research in pediatric neurology so children can have a brighter future.
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