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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
about ACC and the Campaign

Q. What is ACC attempting to do and why are you embarking on this campaign at this time?

Q. What will the funds raised be used for?

Q. Who has oversight for the proper allocation of the funds raised from the campaign?

Q. What if someone wants to make a gift using appreciated stocks or bonds?

Q. How does someone go about naming Aging Care Connections as a beneficiary of their estate plans?

Q. Is there an opportunity for someone to make a gift in honor or memory of someone?

Q. What happens if you exceed or fall short of your $1.0 M goal?

Q. Can someone earmark their contribution in support of a specific program/purpose?

Q. How can donors fulfill their pledge?

Q. When is the campaign over?

Q. How much will this campaign cost the organization?

Q. Why are we doing a major campaign during such a challenging economic times?

Q. Why is the agency depending on state funding and have recent cutbacks impacted services?

Q. How do Aging Care Connections, Aging Resource Center, and Aging Well differ?

Q. Why did ACC remove its focus on recreational activities and instead focus on its core Programs and Services six years ago?

 

Q. What is ACC attempting to do and why are you embarking on this campaign at this time?

A. We are embarking on our most ambitious fundraising activity ever. Our objective is to raise awareness and significant funds to expand our reach and upgrade our facilities and programs to better serve our older adults and their families.

Q. What will the funds raised be used for?

A. Program funds will be used to sustain current and future program levels; strengthen our program/service delivery model and reach more older adults. Capital funds will be used to: make our building more ADA compliant and accessible and address much needed repairs and refurbishing to better serve our growing client population in a safe and efficient building.

Q. Who has oversight for the proper allocation of the funds raised from the campaign?

A. The Aging Care Connections’ Board of the Directors and our Executive Director have established policies and processes to ensure that funds raised from this campaign are kept separate from other general operating funds. All funds will be used only for the stated campaign intent and donors interest.

Q. What if someone wants to make a gift using appreciated stocks or bonds?

A. We have a gift acceptance policy to receive gifts of this nature and campaign leaders who can provide donors with the information needed to execute their gift. We also recommend that donors seek their own professional tax or investment advisors to assist them in making a gift in this manner.

Q. How does someone go about naming Aging Care Connections as a beneficiary of their estate plans?

A. Please notify our Executive Director, Debbie Verschelde, of your intent regarding any such bequests/planned gifts. She will connect you with a board member who can assist you in this regard.

Q. Is there an opportunity for someone to make a gift in honor or memory of someone?

A. Yes. Donors will be given the option as to how they would like their gift recognized and there are a number of Gift Recognition and Naming Opportunities available for donors.

Q. What happens if you exceed or fall short of your $1.0 M goal?

A. Our goal is based on our anticipated needs to serve our clients. If we are fortunate to exceed this goal, it will allow for additional resources to be put toward expanding and enhancing our programs into a reserve fund to safe guard the agency should a catastrophic event occur which impacts our annual funding and operations. Falling short of our goal would risk a delay in the needed program support and building enhancements.

Q. Can someone earmark their contribution in support of a specific program/purpose?

A. We prefer unrestricted gifts. However, the Campaign Leadership Team would consider a donor’s request to earmark their gift for a specific purpose or project of interest.

Q. How can donors fulfill their pledge?

A. Pledges and gifts made to the Campaign can be executed through a variety of funding vehicles, and fulfilled in multiple years best suitable for your needs. We do ask and encourage donors to fulfill their gift pledge ideally within a 1 year period.

Q. When is the campaign over?

A. When we have either reached or surpassed our goal of $1,000,000.

Q. How much will this campaign cost the organization?

A. The Campaign Leadership has developed a budget for the Campaign projected to be approximately < 7% of our total campaign goal of $1,000,000.

Q. Why are we doing a major campaign during such a challenging economic times?

A. Aging Care Connections applied for a $200,000 capacity building grant through the Illlinois Jobs Now! program a few years ago. Through the time-sensitive nature of this lead grant, which we received last year in July of 2011, we needed to move forward and refurbish existing facilities, specifically to allow for us to become more compliant with ADA standards, as well as to expand our programs to meet the increasing needs of older adults in our community.

Q. Why is the agency depending on state funding and have recent cutbacks impacted services?

A. Aging Care Connections applied for a $200,000 capacity building grant through the Illlinois Jobs Now! program a few years ago. Through the time-sensitive nature of this lead grant, which we received last year in July of 2011, we needed to move forward and refurbish existing facilities, specifically to allow for us to become more compliant with ADA standards, as well as to expand our programs to meet the increasing needs of older adults in our community.

Q. How do Aging Care Connections, Aging Resource Center, and Aging Well differ?

A. Aging Well and the Aging Resource Center are programs of Aging Care Connections.

Q. Why did ACC remove its focus on recreational activities and instead focus on its core Programs and Services six years ago?

A. First and foremost, it is important to know that our mission has not changed. The community’s feedback six years ago identified social services for older adults and their families as the highest priority and most valued services offered by Aging Care Connections (then SWSCOA). As a result of this very comprehensive process, we decided the most benefit could be provided to the community by focusing on our core competencies. Aging Care Connections’ professional staff and expertise makes it the one source people can turn to for information, support and options for care for families dealing with changes associated with aging.

 

 

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