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Individual Voluntary Contributions

Current Voluntary Contribution Funds Annual
Contribution Totals
Initial
Tax Return
Final
Tax Return
2014 Minimum Contribution Requirement
Alzheimer's Disease/Related Disorders Fund 2014-2010 1987 2019 $347,328
American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund 2014 2013 2017 No minimum requirements for 2014
California Breast Cancer Research Fund 2014-2010 1992 2017 $371,724
California Cancer Research Fund 2014-2010 2008 2017 $268,471
California Firefighters' Memorial Fund 2014-2010 1993 2015 No minimum requirement unless the repeal date is deleted
California Fund for Senior Citizens 2014-2010 1983 2019 $250,000
California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation Fund 2014-2010 1999 2015 No minimum requirement unless the repeal date is deleted
California Sea Otter Fund 2014-2010 2006 2015 $277,666
California Seniors Special Fund 2014-2010 1990 None No minimum requirement
California YMCA Youth and Government Fund 2014-2013 2012 2016 $250,000
California Youth Leadership Fund 2014-2013 2012 2016 $250,000
Child Victims of Human Trafficking Fund 2014-2012 2011 2015 $254,250
Emergency Food for Families Fund 2014-2010 1998 2018 $360,179
Keep Arts in Schools Fund 2014 2013 2017 No minimum requirements for 2014
Municipal Shelter Spay-Neuter Fund 2014-2012 2011 2015 $254,250
Protect Our Coasts and Oceans Fund 2014 2013 2017 No minimum requirements for 2014
Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program 2014-2010 1983 2017 $324,972
School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund 2014-2013 2012 2016 $250,000
State Children's Trust for the Prevention of Child Abuse 2014-2010 1983 2017 $324,972
State Parks Protection Fund/Park Pass Purchase 2014-2013 2012 None $250,000

Current Fund Descriptions

Alzheimer's Disease/Related Disorders Fund

Contributions will provide grants to California scientists who study Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. This research includes basic science, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, behavioral problems, and care giving. With 600,000 Californians living with the disease and another 2 million providing care to a loved one with Alzheimer's, our state is in the early stages of a major public health crisis. Your contribution will ensure that Alzheimer's disease receives the attention, research, and resources it deserves.

For more information, visit their website at California Department of Public Health.

American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund

Contributions will be used by the American Red Cross, California Chapters for planning and implementing programs for disaster relief in California.

California Breast Cancer Research Fund

Contributions support unique breast cancer research - new approaches to prevent and cure the disease other agencies might be reluctant to support. These donations fund scientifically rigorous research guided by the needs and voices of California communities. Administered by the University of California, the California Breast Cancer Program must, by law, use 95% of all contributions for research and education. Contribute today.

For more information, visit their website at California Breast Cancer Research Program.

California Cancer Research Fund

Contributions will be used to conduct research relating to the causes, detection, and prevention of cancer and to expand community-based education on cancer, and to provide prevention and awareness activities for communities that are disproportionately at risk or afflicted by cancer.

For more information, contact University of California.

California Firefighters' Memorial Fund

Contributions will be used for the repair and maintenance of the California Firefighters' Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol, ceremonies to honor the memory of fallen firefighters and to assist surviving loved ones, and for an informational guide detailing survivor benefits to assist the spouses and children of fallen firefighters.

For more information, visit their website at California Fire Foundation.

California Fund for Senior Citizens

Contributions will provide support for the California Senior Legislature (CSL). The CSL is made up of volunteers who develop statewide senior related legislative proposals in areas of health, housing, transportation, and community services to be presented to the State Legislature.

For more information, visit their website for California Senior Legislature.

California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation Fund

Contributions will be used to preserve the memory of California's fallen peace officers and assist the families they left behind. Since statehood, over 1,300 courageous California peace officers have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting law-abiding citizens. The non-profit charitable organization, California Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation, has accepted the privilege and responsibility of maintaining a memorial for fallen officers on the State Capitol grounds. Each May, the Memorial Foundation conducts a dignified ceremony honoring fallen officers and their surviving families by offering moral support, crisis counseling, and financial support that includes academic scholarships for the children of those officers who have made the supreme sacrifice.

For more information, contact the California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation or visit their website at California Highway Patrol.

California Sea Otter Fund

The California Coastal Conservancy and the Department of Fish and Wildlife will each be allocated 50 percent of the contributions. The California Coastal Conservancy will use the contributions for research and programs related to the near-shore ecosystem, including sea otters. The Department of Fish and Wildlife will use the contributions to establish a sea otter fund within the department's index coding system for increased investigation, prevention, and enforcement action.

For more information, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife or the California Coastal Conservancy.

California Senior Special Fund

If you and/or your spouse are 65 years of age or older as of December 31, 2013, and claim the Senior Exemption Credit on line 9, you may make a combined total contribution of up to $204 or $102 per spouse. Contributions entered to this fund will be distributed to the Area Agency of Aging Councils (TACC) to provide advice on and sponsorship of Senior Citizens issues. Any excess contributions not required by TACC will be distributed to senior citizen service organizations throughout California for meals, adult day care, and transportation.

Caution: Only taxpayers or spouses who claim the senior exemption credit on their California return may contribute to the Senior Special Fund. The contribution amount must not exceed the amount of the senior exemption credit. See table below:

Senior Special Fund Maximum Contribution (Tax Year)
  2013 2012 2011 2010
Taxpayer (65 years or older) $106 $104 $102 $99
Taxpayer and Spouse (65 years or older) $212 $208 $204 $198

For more information, visit their website at the California Commission on Aging.

California YMCA Youth and Government Fund

Contributions will be used to support civic education programs operated by the YMCA Youth and Government Program, the African American Leaders for Tomorrow Program, the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, and the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project.

For more information, visit their website at California YMCA Youth and Government Fund.

California Youth Leadership Fund

Contributions will be used to support the activities of the California Youth Leadership Project for the purpose of promoting youth civic engagement.

Child Victims of Human Trafficking Fund

Contributions will be used to fund, through grants, eligible community-based organizations that agree to provide services to minors who are victims of human trafficking.

Emergency Food for Families Fund

Contributions will be used to help local food banks feed California's hungry.

Your contribution will fund the purchase of much-needed food for delivery to food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens throughout the state. The State Department of Social Services will monitor its distribution to ensure the food is given to those most in need.

For more information, visit their website at State Department of Social Services.

Keep Arts in Schools Fund

Contributions will be used by the Arts Council for the allocation of grants to individuals or organizations administering arts programs for children in preschool through 12th grade.

Municipal Shelter Spay-Neuter Fund

Contributions will be used to provide grants to eligible municipal shelters to provide low cost or free spay-neuter services for dogs and cats.

Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund

The coast is more than a place; it’s part of who we are as Californians. This fund helps protect, conserve, restore, and enhance the California coast and ocean for the benefit of current and future generations. Your contribution will provide grants to clean up shorelines, restore habitat, bring under served kids to the coast (some for the first time), promote access to the coast, and invest in the long-term protection of our coast and ocean.
For more information, visit their website  WHALE TAILĀ® Grants ( Program www.coast4u.org), or email coast4u@coastal.ca.gov.

Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program

Contributions will be used to help protect and conserve California's many threatened and endangered species and the wild land that they need to survive, for the enjoyment and benefit of you and future generations of Californians.

For more information, visit their website at Department of Fish and Wildlife.

School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund

Contributions will be used to provide school supplies and health-related products to homeless children.

State Children's Trust Fund for the Prevention of Child Abuse

Contributions will be used to fund programs for the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

For more information, visit their website at State Department of Social Services.

State Parks Protection Fund/Parks Pass Purchase

Contributions will be used for the protection and preservation of California's state parks and for the cost of a Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass valid at most park units where day use fees are collected. The pass is not valid at off-highway vehicle units, or for camping, oversized vehicle, extra vehicle, per-person, or supplemental fees. If a taxpayer's contribution equals or exceeds $150 the taxpayer will receive a single Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass. Amounts contributed in excess of the parks pass cost may be deducted as a charitable contribution for the year in which the voluntary contribution is made. Any contribution less than $150 will be treated as a voluntary contribution and may be deducted as a charitable contribution.

For more information, visit their website at State Department of Parks and Recreation/Annual Pass or email info@parks.ca.gov.