Giving

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The SAA is a charitable nonprofit organization serving over 8,000 members and 200,000 students, parents, and other professionals.

As tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, the SAA can accept charitable gifts so that we may add value to our programs and services. In the last five years, the SAA has received over $240,000 in tax-deductible donations that funded a variety of programs, including the following:

  • Parent Education
  • Teacher Development & Scholarships
  • Annual Fund

We would not be able to add such significant value to your membership without the help of hundreds who have been so generous over the years. Also, we could not make plans for future SAA programs without your personal investment in our financial well-being. We want to thank you and encourage your continued giving.

Together, we all can make a difference in perpetuating Shinichi Suzuki’s vision into this century and beyond.

Giving FAQ

Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes, all donations made to the SAA are tax-deductible for United States citizens. We provide you with a receipt for tax purposes.

What types of gifts does the SAA accept?

The SAA will accept your cash gift (through check or credit card), gifts of shares of stock and mutual funds, and gifts of real or personal property. We are honored to accept planned gifts such as bequests, life insurance policies, 401Ks, IRA’s and other retirement plans.

Can my gift fund a specific program?

Yes. Although we encourage undesignated gifts, you may direct your gift to assist any of our programs. Consider establishing an endowment to provide perpetual funding for the program in which you have an interest.

Who can I speak with about my intentions?

The SAA Board of Directors is qualified to assist you with questions about your charitable giving intentions. The SAA development staff is also available at any time; we have expertise in planned giving techniques and would welcome the opportunity to work with you and your financial advisor(s). We always recommend you contact your financial and legal advisors when considering large charitable gifts to any nonprofit organization.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Over the years, the SAA has been the recipient of many of your charitable gifts in memory of loved ones—teachers, parents, students—who have passed on. We will acknowledge your gift and inform family members of the donation. If you would like to make a gift in memory of someone, simply include a note to that effect with your gift.

Likewise, if you would like to make a gift in honor of someone or to celebrate a special occasion, simply include a note with your gift and we will be sure to notify that person of your gift.

SAA has a number of memorial scholarship funds that enable us support teachers through scholarship assistance for training courses. Consider supporting a specific scholarship fund with your gift. Contact us if you are interested in setting up a scholarship fund in memory of a loved one.

Planned Gifts & Bequests

The ultimate personal gift can come from charitable estate planning. Many sophisticated techniques exist for you to make a gift from your estate during your lifetime—and after. One gift every SAA member should consider is a charitable bequest, or leaving the SAA as a recipient of your estate in your will.

What better way to make a lasting difference in the Suzuki community than by leaving a bequest to the SAA so we can carry on the work of Shinichi Suzuki. What’s more, a bequest is a relatively easy gift to make—one that doesn’t cost anything, but can mean everything.

You can add the SAA to your will at any time. Simply consult your legal advisor about adding a clause in your will that tells your surviving family members of your intentions.