Ways to Donate

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Ways to Give

You can donate online, designate your gift, and even donate in Honor or Memory of someone important to you.

Or...need more information about giving? Read below:

Why Give?

One of the best ways to help disaster victims and people in need in our community is through a financial donation. The Red Cross responds to the emerging needs of our community by offering programs and services that address critical human, health and safety needs. Among other things, we provide food and shelter to victims of disasters and teach people how to save lives through CPR, First Aid and water safety.

The American Red Cross needs your help. We are an independent, nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of the American people. All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, thanks to the generosity of people like you. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

How Can I Donate

Donations to your local Red Cross can be made by phone, by mail, online or in person. The Red Cross accepts cash, check, money order and credit cards. Please mail checks to your local Red Cross. Find the West Virginia Red Cross office near you.

What can I donate?

Gifts of Stock

If you own stocks and bonds that have increased in value, it may be more advantageous to donate these securities to the American Red Cross rather than sell them and donate the proceeds from the sale. By donating the securities directly, you may completely avoid the Capital Gains tax while receiving a tax deduction on the securities’ increased value. The Red Cross can transact your gift of securities quickly and inexpensively, so your donation will have the greatest possible impact.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many companies match employees’ contributions to charity. Please check with your Human Resources Department to find out if your company has such a program. If your company does match employee contributions, please include the appropriate Matching Gift Form with your donation (your donation will help twice as much).

Corporate Sponsorships or Contributions/Gifts and Services

One of the best ways for your company to help is through a financial event sponsorship or donation to the American Red Cross. Your company’s financial support allows us to continue responding to community needs while stimulating the local economy. In some instances, the chapter also accepts corporate donations of goods and services such as office equipment, supplies and various other in-kind items. These donations in-kind are used to support chapter operations or special events.

Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity is a way to help those in need while enjoying significant tax benefits and supplementing your income. This program has been created for our friends who want sufficient income for retirement years, yet want to continue to give to the Red Cross. In exchange, you receive guaranteed fixed amounts annually throughout your lifetime. You may want to defer payment until later in life through a deferred charitable gift annuity which offers a very attractive rate of return.

Bequests - Remembering the Red Cross in Your Will

Many friends who contribute to the Red Cross arrange to perpetuate their giving through their wills. Remembering the Red Cross in your will is a special way to ensure that our work will continue for a long time to come. Such gifts may include a bequest of cash, securities or property in a specific sum or by percentage.

Memorials and Honorariums

A memorial gift to the Red Cross is a special tribute to life of a treasured friend or loved one. A donation to the Red Cross is the perfect way to recognize a person or special event in your life. Birthdays, holidays, weddings, anniversaries and job promotions are excellent occasions for an honorarium gift to the Red Cross.