Ways to Give
Your generous support will profoundly affect the lives of children with hearing loss.
Please consider giving in one of the following ways:
- Monthly recurring donations
- Event sponsorships and donations
- Annual fund
- Scholarship fund for Melinda Webb School
- Donate used hearing equipment
- Donate items
- Facebook Fundraiser
- Purchase Items on Children’s Wish List
- Capital Campaign
- Donate Cryptocurrency
There are many ways you can contribute and many different types of gifts you may give to help change the trajectory of children’s lives when they are born with hearing loss. These areas include:
You don’t have to make a large donation to have a large impact. Setting up a monthly recurring gift allows you to conveniently make a meaningful annual donation with manageable payments.
Donations in memory of loved ones who have passed away, and gifts in honor of people you admire, may be made to Texas Hearing Institute’s annual fund, fundraising events, Melinda Webb School Scholarship Fund, and the Texas Hearing Institute endowment. Simply let us know the names of the loved ones when you donate, and who you would like us to notify about your gift.
You may help children with hearing loss by purchasing much-needed items on our Wish List.
Please click here to view the Wish List.
Have fun with friends while raising money for a great cause by organizing a cook-off, crayfish boil, sporting event (like a fun run or pickleball tournament), or other types of “friend-raising” events.
Your employer, your spouse’s employer, or your previous employer if you are retired, might double or even triple the amount of your donation, or make a cash donation based on time you volunteer at Texas Hearing Institute.
Please enter your company name in the box below, or contact your Human Resource department to find out if your employer has a matching-gift program.
You may email us at email@example.com if you have any questions or need assistance processing an employer matching gift.
We gratefully accept used or unwanted hearing aids, cochlear implants, and accessories in any condition! Donated devices are refurbished and provided as loaners to children waiting for theirs to be repaired, or we use them as teaching tools in demonstrations for parents and professionals.
Please package and mail the items, along with this form, to:
Dr. Jennifer Wickesberg
Texas Hearing Institute
3100 Shenandoah St
Houston, TX 77021
You are also welcome to drop them off in person.
Through financial and estate planning opportunities, donors can give to Texas Hearing Institute through a planned gift. There are a number of ways to set up a planned gift that may allow you to receive a stream of income for life, earn higher investment yield, or reduce your capital gains or estate taxes.
You can donate the current full market value of your stocks without paying capital gains taxes on the increased value when you have them transferred directly to Texas Hearing Institute. You may pay for an event sponsorship or give to the annual fund, Melinda Webb School Scholarship Fund, or Texas Hearing Institute endowment by donating appreciated stock. For assistance arranging a transfer, please contact Mary Collins Raun, director of development and marketing, at MCollinsraun@texashearing.org.
You may donate and pay for event sponsorships with qualified charitable distributions from your IRAs as your required minimum distributions upon turning 72 ½. If instead you were to take the required minimum distributions as income, they would count as taxable income, which could push you into a higher tax bracket and reduce your eligibility for certain tax credits and deductions.
For example, your taxable income helps determine the amount of your Social Security benefits that are subject to taxes. Keeping your taxable income level lower may also help reduce your potential exposure to the Medicare surtax.
A qualified charitable distribution must adhere to requirements that include:
- You must be at least 70½ years old
- Funds must come out of your IRA by your required minimum distribution deadline
- Funds must be transferred directly from your IRA custodian to Texas Hearing Institute by requesting the custodian issue a check from your IRA payable to Texas Hearing Institute
*Always seek the advice of your financial or tax adviser.
In just a few minutes, you can make a lasting impact on children with hearing loss and it won't affect your current budget. Simply name Texas Hearing Institute as a beneficiary of one of your assets, such as the following:
- IRAs or retirement plan
- Life insurance policy
- Commercial annuity
It only takes three steps to make this type of gift. Here's how to name Texas Hearing Institute as a beneficiary:
- Contact your retirement plan administrator, insurance company, bank, or financial institution for a change-of-beneficiary form.
- Decide what percentage (1% to 100%) that you would like us to receive and name us, along with the percentage you chose, on the beneficiary form.
- Return the completed form to your plan administrator, insurance company, bank, or financial institution.
Turn your generosity into lifetime income. When you are looking for ways to help Texas Hearing Institute’s mission, you shouldn't feel like you are choosing between your philanthropic goals and financial security.
Sponsor a school field trip, holiday party, or graduation ceremony for our school kids. You may also sponsor the annual picnic for all of Texas Hearing Institute's families.
We always need desirable items and services to auction or raffle at our fundraising events!
If you can contribute something that will help us raise money to provide pediatric hearing loss services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have new or gently used items that our pediatric clinic or preschool may need, such as books and toys, please contact email@example.com.
Individuals, stores, restaurants, and concert venues can donate a portion of the proceeds from selling items like jewelry, serving meals, and ticket sales.
You’ll be providing medical care, hearing technology, specialized speech therapy, and high-quality early childhood education to children who do not have adequate insurance coverage or financial resources. All children should receive access to the same medical services and educational opportunities, and you can make that happen!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the tax benefits?
If you want to determine the value of your donation for tax purposes, you may contact the manufacturer of your hearing aid or cochlear implant and/or consult your tax advisor.
Will I receive documentation about my donation?
After we receive your donated equipment, we will mail you a donor acknowledgement letter that includes the date of your gift, and a general description of what was donated. Texas Hearing Institute does not make determinations about the value of used donated items.