The National Exchange Club Foundation is the fundraising arm of The National Exchange Club, supporting Exchange Club members as they inspire communities to become better places to live through projects in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Programs, and the National Project – the prevention of child abuse.
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Strong American families and The National Exchange Club identity through the prevention of child abuse and Exchange’s Programs of Service.
To raise and provide financial resources for The National Exchange Club and its Programs of Service, including our National Project, the prevention of child abuse.
The National Exchange Club (NEC) Foundation was established in 1979 when The National Exchange Club, an all-volunteer service organization, adopted the prevention of child abuse as its National Project.
Today, the NEC Foundation helps fund the work of local-level Exchange Clubs and Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers as they develop and maintain community-based child abuse prevention programs, as well as supporting Exchange’s Programs of Service: Americanism, Community Service, and Youth Programs.
The NEC Foundation has been endorsed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and was the winner of a Presidential Award from the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives recognizing exemplary community outreach and volunteer service projects. The NEC Foundation is a charter member of The National Child Abuse Coalition, and is a Partner in Prevention, along with other national child abuse prevention organizations, through affiliation with the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Exchange’s National Project, the prevention of child abuse
Exchange Parent Aide – While the NEC Foundation funds a variety of child abuse awareness programs, the most successful method of countering child abuse is through working directly with parents using the Exchange’s evidence-based signature program, the Exchange Parent Aide home-visitation model. Exchange coordinates a nationwide network of community-based Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers that utilize the Exchange Parent Aide program and provide support to families at-risk for abuse. To date, Exchange Club Centers have helped more than 778,400 families break the cycle of abuse, thus creating safe and stable homes for 1.8 million children. The NEC Foundation provides funding for training, accreditation, technical support, guidance in agency development and management, and other supportive services.
Public Awareness Campaigns – The NEC Foundation believes it is important to educate the public about the serious implications of child abuse and preventable causes of harm to children. Working in collaboration with Exchange’s Child Abuse Prevention experts, the NEC Foundation provides funds to produce quality brochures, public service announcements, and other materials to educate people about child abuse and how it can be prevented. The Shaken Baby Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome campaigns focus on prevention. Believe in the Blue, Time-Out Teddy, Parent Cheat Sheets, KidCode, and other programs provide effective tools to parents about handling challenging situations that can create risk for abuse.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month – The NEC Foundation and The National Exchange Club endorse the month of April each year as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Exchange’s Child Abuse Prevention Services produce an annual child abuse prevention month kit, which includes public awareness project ideas, public relations information, promotional materials, and community involvement suggestions.
The National Exchange Club Programs of Service – Americanism, Community Service, Youth Projects
During the 1940s, Exchange had organized its club activities around seven areas of service that included: education, agriculture, aviation, citizenship, commerce and industry, federal youth rehabilitation, youth, and geriatrics.
Today, three Programs of Service and Exchange’s National Project, the prevention of child abuse, are lenses through which local clubs focus their energy and attention on their communities’ specific needs. The Programs of Service are Americanism, Youth Programs, and Community Service.
Americanism – Exchange’s ongoing efforts for the promotion of Americanism focus on the education and enlightenment of our Nation’s youth and fellow citizens that the freedom and greatness we enjoy today were hard-won and must be cherished and protected. Some examples include: Establishment of Freedom Shrines, an impressive presentation of replica documents highlighting our nation’s history, installed at public sites across the country; GiveAKidAFlagToWave, where members distribute small American Flags at parades and other civic events; Proudly We Hail, which encourages and recognizes the regular and proper display of the American Flag; and One Nation Under God (ONUG), celebrated in November to honor the precious freedom Americans have to worship as they choose.
Community Service – Exchange Clubs across the country spend countless hours and resources to improve the lives of people in the communities they serve. Exchange Clubs have been responsible for community improvements such as: providing relief efforts to victims of disasters, sponsoring cultural programs, art and industrial shows, state and county fairs, festivals, rodeos and athletic events. Exchange Clubs have also provided millions of dollars for scholarships, gifts, equipment, sponsorships, and educational endeavors. Some Exchange Clubs target crime and fire prevention programs, while others focus on service to senior citizens. Whatever the community’s need, Exchange Club members are there to help.
Youth Projects – Exchange believes that recognition of well-deserving youth can have an impact on his or her entire future. The most popular recognition awards are: The Youth of the Month/Youth of the Year Award, the A.C.E. (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award, and the Young Citizenship Award. They include speech and essay contests, reading projects and more. Exchange Excel Clubs, in high schools, and Collegiate Clubs, in colleges, have been established and are designed to provide mentoring as a means to teaching leadership and civic responsibility to the Nations’s up-and-coming youth and young adults.
National Youth of the Year Award
The National Youth of the Year Award provides The National Exchange Club the opportunity to honor outstanding students who have exhibited excellence in academics and leadership. It is the culmination of an effort by hundreds of Exchange Clubs across the country to identify and recognize the young leaders of our nation. The recipient serves as a role model to his or her peers by exhibiting exceptional scholastic achievement, respect for self and others, and ambitious career goals. Exchange’s National Youth of the Year recipients have illustrated the diligent pursuit of higher ideals truly brings rewards.
The process for selecting the National Youth of the Year begins at the club level. Exchange Clubs provide a monthly recognition of outstanding youth in their communities. Each club selects a Youth of the Year and forwards an application for district judging. District honorees are judged at the national level for the final selection of the prestigious National Youth of the Year.
The National Youth of the Year receives a $10,000 scholarship and the opportunity to address hundreds of Exchange Club Members at the National Youth Recognition Luncheon held during Exchange’s annual National Convention. The recipient’s winning essay is also featured in Exchange Today magazine.
For questions, contact your high school guidance counselor or your local Exchange Club.
National A.C.E. of the Year Award
The Accepting the Challenge of Excellence (A.C.E.) Award honors students who have overcome adversity to graduate high school and move their lives in positive directions. These students are often overlooked for their accomplishments and can serve as powerful examples to all students that hard work and perseverance do pay off.
Disclaimer: The National Exchange Club Foundation is not authorized to investigate allegations of abuse or neglect, or offer legal advice. If a child is in immediate danger, please call the local police or sheriff’s office. If you suspect child abuse, contact your local Child Protective Services Department. For crisis counseling, call ChildHelp at 1-800-4-A-CHILD.
Exchange Strong Annual Giving Campaign
Annual giving contributions are essential, they provide flexible, immediate funds for Exchange’s programs and operating expenses.
Members of The National Exchange Club receive an Exchange Strong Annual Campaign appeal in November, and this campaign continues throughout the year. Anyone wishing to make a gift can donate here. Please indicate “Exchange Strong Annual Giving” in the memo area.
Memorials and Tributes
Celebrate, congratulate, and commemorate with a special gift to the NEC Foundation. A Tribute or Memorial gift is a meaningful way to honor a person’s legacy. When you make a Tribute or Memorial gift, the National Exchange Club Foundation will send a letter to the honoree or his/her family to let them know about your gift. The amount of your gift is not disclosed. We also send an acknowledgement to you, as the donor. You can make your Tribute or Memorial Gift online here, or you can use the Tribute / Memorial brochure to send your payment by mail.
Individuals, clubs, or districts can join this elite group of Berkey Fellows with a contribution of $1,000 or more to the National Exchange Club Foundation during the fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Monthly payments are available.
Gifts made to the Berkey Fellowship become part of the Endowment Fund – a permanent bank of funds for the NEC Foundation. The Endowment Fund’s principal is permanently invested, and interest earnings from the fund are used to support the programs of Exchange. The Endowment ensures that Exchange’s programs are sustained well into the future.
The NEC Foundation Heritage Society recognizes those who make a commitment of planned giving to The National Exchange Club and its programs. Membership in the Heritage Society is accorded to individuals and/or families who have indicated, in writing, their intentions to include the NEC Foundation in their estates.
Bequests through your Will: One of the simplest ways to give to the NEC Foundation is through your estate. You can make a gift bequest, after others have been provided for, of a dollar amount of percentage of your estate.
Gift of Life Insurance: You may want to make the NEC Foundation the sole beneficiary, or one of the beneficiaries, of a life insurance policy. This is a wonderful way to leave a legacy that will impact thousands.
Estate planning is an important part of every person’s life plan, regardless of age. Please consider including the NEC Foundation in your estate planning. For more information, please email email@example.com.
The NEC Foundation welcomes gifts of stock or shares and you may receive a tax deduction for your gift. Please check with your financial adviser.
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Exchange Strong Club Giving Campaign
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The Exchange Strong Club Giving Campaign is the NEC Foundation’s annual opportunity for Exchange Clubs to rally together. When an Exchange Club, individual, or group supports the Exchange Strong Giving Campaign, the help is far-reaching. Some of the areas where each dollar can help include: providing free technical assistance to Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Centers, funding of the Youth of the Year and A.C.E of the Year Scholarships, increasing public awareness of child abuse prevention issues, and supporting program and operating expenses for the NEC Foundation. Make your club’s Exchange Strong Giving Campaign contribution now.
Your support is truly appreciated and is making a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities across the nation.
When you give to the NEC Foundation, you are joining thousands of others in committing to the Vision and Mission of Exchange. Your support will materialize through grant opportunities, scholarships, new Exchange Club CAP Centers and staff training, program development, and so much more.
Leaving A Legacy
What is estate planning?
Estate planning is the process of anticipating and arranging the disposal of an estate.
Your estate consists of the following:
- Bank accounts
- Real estate
- Stocks and securities
- Life insurance policies
- Automobiles, jewelry, antiques, and other collectibles
Why you should have an estate plan:
- To guarantee your property is transferred to those you wish to receive it
- Ensure that your wishes are fulfilled after you are gone
What will “leaving a legacy” to the NEC Foundation accomplish?
- Upholding Exchange’s child abuse prevention efforts, which includes administrative support for Exchange Club CAP Centers throughout the country and funding for the annual CAP Symposium
- Providing scholarship money for the Youth of the Year and A.C.E. of the Year Scholarships
- Supporting Exchange’s Programs of Service in communities across the country
Strategies for making contributions to the foundation
Required minimum distribution: at 70 1/2 must start taking distributions from your IRA. The required amount is calculated by using your IRA balance as of the preceding December 31 divided by a life expectancy figure (at age 70 this number is 27.4). The RMD is taxable and can also cause your Social Security to be taxed.
Strategies to reduce the tax effects of the RMD:
- Make a direct contribution to the foundation: this will have an effect of reducing your tax bill (assuming you can itemize).
- Use the RMD to pay the premium on a life insurance policy with the foundation the owner and beneficiary. This will also remove it from your estate.
Donor advised funds: a donor advised fund (DAF) is a vehicle which allows you to get an immediate charitable deduction while continuing to control the disbursement.
Strategies for using a DAF include:
- Lump sum or severance pay: the money received will be taxable to you. You can set up a DAF and put the bonus money into it offsetting the taxable income. You can then establish an annual payout to the foundation and also retain the ability to make additional payments.
- Inheritances: you can set up a DAF and put a part of your inheritance in it. You can use this donation to offset your income tax.
When is the best time to donate?
While you’re alive: you get a tax deduction for the contribution; you get the satisfaction of watching your money work; the Foundation gets the opportunity to use the money sooner to continue the work of the foundation.
Upon your death: the money passes through your estate which allows you to keep control of your money while you’re alive.
Which is better to give retirement money or non-retirement money upon your death? If you give retirement money to a charity there will be no income taxes paid by beneficiaries. If you have an equal amount of money that you want to leave to a charity and to your beneficiaries it might make sense to donate the retirement account.
In summary: there are numerous opportunities for you make a contribution to the Foundation while you’re alive or upon your death. Just know that no matter how big or small the donation it will be put to good use. You can designate what you want your donation to be used for (called restricted use) or you can just donate without any restrictions.
DISCLAIMER: This information is provided with the intention of providing informative materials of a general nature only and is not intended to provide legal or tax advice. Please consult with your legal or tax advisor to determine the legal and tax effects of your personal circumstance.
Board of Trustees
- Dennis KochPresident and Owner, Dennis Koch CPAQuincy, IL
- Ray CarlsonPresident, Ray Carlson & Associates, Inc. Land Surveying, Member, BCD Farms LLC, VineyardsSanta Rosa, CA
- Tracey EdwardsExecutive Vice President, National Exchange ClubMaumee, OH
- James (Jim) RuzonCPA/Partner, Wermer, Rogers, Doran & RuzonShorewood, IL
Immediate Past President
- W. James Brown, Jr.Associate, Anderson McQueen Funeral HomesSt. Petersburg, FL
- Gerald FranklinConsultant/Owner, Gerald Franklin AgencyHouston, TX
- Tom KarnesMayor, City of Lincoln Park, MILincoln Park, MI
- Sid MobleyChief Warrant Officer, Retired, U.S. ArmyEl Paso, TX
- William (Bill) Trimble, Jr.Retired EducatorHampton, VA
If you would like to make a financial contribution by credit card to the National Exchange Club Foundation, please click on the Donate button below. Your donation to the National Exchange Club Foundation will be securely processed through PayPal (you don’t need a PayPal account to send money).
Checks (payable to NEC Foundation) may be sent to:
The National Exchange Club Foundation
3050 Central Ave.
Toledo, OH 43606-1700
Disclaimer: This information is presented with the intent of providing informative materials of a general nature only and is not intended to provide legal or tax advice. Please consult with your attorney or tax advisor to determine the legal and tax effects on your personal circumstances.
Thank you for your generous gift! Your contribution will make a real difference to children, families, and communities throughout the nation.
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National Exchange Club Foundation
3050 Central Ave.
Toledo, OH 43606-1700
Tracey Edwards, Executive Vice President, The National Exchange Club
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