Lifespan – Abilities Illuminated

Ways to Give

Every gift makes a lasting impact and improves the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

We understand that individuals and families have many reasons for making a contribution; we offer various ways to ensure you can find one that works for you.

We are appreciative of all financial support we receive, and on behalf of the children and adults we serve, thank you for your support. For additional information, contact Aubrae Collins at 704-944-5112 or

Gifts to LIFESPAN are tax deductible. Consult your attorney or tax advisor for more information on charitable giving and the tax benefits.

Financial Information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 888-830-4989. The license is not an endorsement by the State. LIFESPAN is recognized as a 501 (c) (3) organization accepting tax-deductible charitable donations.

Area of Donation Donation Amount
Gifts that Make a Difference Today


A gift of Cash, Check or Credit Card is easy to make, and the gift is not subject to gift or estate tax. If you itemize, this type of contribution is deductible up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. Excess deductions can be carried forward for up to five additional tax years. Consult your attorney or tax adviser for more information.

Memorial and Honorarium Gifts

Dedicate your gift in memory of or in honor of someone special or memorialize someone who has passed. Upon receiving, we will send a special notification advising the recipient or their family of the gift excluding the amount.


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Corporate Matching

Many businesses will match donations made to 501(c)(3), non-profit organizations. Check with your employer to see if they participate in the corporate matching program. Corporations already setup for matching funds with LIFESPAN include: Bank of America, Duke Energy, Grant Thornton, Liberty Mutual, Lincoln Financial, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, and PNC Bank.

Securities or Real Estate

Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and real estate that have been owned longer than 12 months and have appreciated afford an immediate charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value.

IRA Transfers

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) transfers are a viable option for individuals who are looking for an easy way to contribute to LIFESPAN, Inc.

Support a Fundraiser

  • To sponsor or participate in a fundraising event:
  • Contact Aubrae Collins at 704-944-5112, or Email for more information.
Gifts that Pay You Income

Charitable Gift Annuities

Do you want to receive income and make a gift to LIFESPAN, Inc.? Annuity payments can be immediate or deferred. LIFESPAN’s minimum age for a charitable gift annuity is 50 years old.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Charitable remainder trusts are gifts that are placed irrevocably in a trust with the named beneficiary(ies) receiving a fixed (annuity trust) or variable income (unitrust) for life or term of years not to exceed 20.

Gifts that Create a Lasting Legacy

Wills and Bequests

Giving a gift in your will is an easy way to give and leave a legacy at LIFESPAN. Click below for sample bequest language.

General Bequest Language:

I give (dollar amount, percentage of residual estate, or description of property) to LIFESPAN, Inc., to be used for its exempt purposes (tax ID # 56-1142969).

Restricted Bequest Language:

I give (dollar amount, percentage of residual estate or description of property) to LIFESPAN, Inc., to be used for the following purpose (e.g. endowment, children’s programs) (tax ID # 56-1142969).

Endowment Bequest Language:

I give (dollar amount) to LIFESPAN, Inc. to be held as a permanent endowment and to be known as the (person’s name) Fund. I instruct that only the income from this fund may be used to support the programs of LIFESPAN, Inc., so that the endowment will exist in perpetuity (tax ID # 56-1142969)

Life Insurance

This can be as easy as naming LIFESPAN, Inc. as a beneficiary on an existing life insurance policy such as one that may be provided through your workplace. Or, you can purchase a life insurance policy and designate LIFESPAN, Inc. as the irrevocable beneficiary.

Retirement Plans

For estate planning purposes, retirement plan assets are the assets designated to fund bequests to LIFESPAN, Inc.

  • CDs
  • Bank Accounts
  • Saving Bonds
  • Mutual Funds

In-Kind Donations

In-Kind donations are a way to donate items for specific LIFESPAN programs. Click here to download our In-Kind Form. To obtain a current list of needs, please contact Aubrae Collins at 704-944-5112, or Email

Education Services – Circle Schools located in Burlington and Statesville

  • Become a lunch buddy
  • Read to a child
  • Host a supply drive
  • Mentor a child
  • Provide light maintenance
  • Assist in the classrooms

Employment Services

  • Become a mentor
  • Host a mock interview day
  • Share a life skill
  • Offer your company as a host “job sampling” location
  • Offer employment services through your company
  • Host a supply drive to put together “going to work” kits

Enrichment Services – Located at the Creative Campuses

  • Paint with an aspiring artist in the art program
  • Provide support in the horticulture program
  • Offer to support Residential Services with a holiday party or summer picnic
  • Share your skills and talents – teach someone to knit, bring in a musical instrument
  • Host a cooking class, etc.
  • Host a supply drive
  • Assist with clerical support

Marketing, Public Relations and Fund Development

  • Assist with creating marketing materials
  • Help with developing and posting social media on multiple sites
  • Assist with fund raising events
  • Provide administrative support

Click here for the LIFESPAN Volunteer Program Guidelines

Click here for the LIFESPAN Volunteer Application

Amazon smile

While you are doing your online holiday shopping, Amazon Smile will donate 0.05% of certain purchases to LIFESPAN. If you click on the link,, there is a place on the Amazon Smile website where you can skip their pre-selected charities and search for LIFESPAN and select it. You do not have to be an Amazon Prime member to sign up.

Help LIFESPAN when you are searching the internet. Go to GoodSearch and select LIFESPAN under the “Who Do You GoodSearch For?” Each time you perform a search, LIFESPAN will earn one penny.

Do your online shopping through

Sign up at and then shop at the over 500 stores listed. A portion of the sale is credited to the program and LIFESPAN will receive a check directly from iGive. Be sure to register your “cause” as LIFESPAN.

Household furniture

  • Area rugs and carpets
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Household items
  • Recliners
  • Toiletry items
  • Office supplies and machines
  • Laptop computers
  • File cabinets with locks
  • Office furniture

Arts & crafts supplies

  • Snacks and boxed drinks
  • Batteries (9V, C, AA, AAA)
  • Educational toys, board games and puzzles
  • Children’s books (English & Spanish)
  • Gym mats and blankets

Handicapped outdoor seating

  • Gardening tools and greenhouse supplies
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Handicap accessible planter
  • Garden soil for raised beds
  • Bird houses, bird seed
  • Work gloves

Art supplies

  • Acrylic and watercolor paints, assorted brushes, assorted canvases
  • Frames
  • Stage equipment, lighting, and props for sets
  • Seasonal party and celebration supplies and refreshments


  • Professional services (lawn maintenance, painting, home repair, carpet cleaning, gutter cleaning, and handy man services)
  • Tickets/passes to area events (concerts, museums, movie theatres, community events)
  • Financial gifts
  • Gift cards (Target, Wal-Mart, grocery stores, gas cards)
  • Vans for transportation

LIFESPAN programs across the state are in need of donations of all sizes. You can help by organizing a supply drive with your school or church to assist with a LIFESPAN Circle School, provide a financial gift or gift card to help support the daily needs of our programs, or provide tickets to an event to provide community inclusion for adults with developmental disabilities. Donate art supplies to help an aspiring artist or offer household items to one of the residential programs. Call today – we will be happy to discuss pick up and drop off arrangements with you. Financial and in-kind donations are very important to us – a thank you letter will be mailed to you and in-kind donation forms are available to document your generous gift.