How to donate

Inspiration Alcona accepts cash donations in any amount through the mail, through PayPal using the Donate button below, and through the Amazon Smile giving program.

Because Inspiration Alcona is a federally recognized 501(c)3 organization, your donation is tax-deductible within the limits allowed under applicable laws.

Special donation rules under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

The federal CARES act loosened thr rules during the covid-19 crisis for donations to public charities, such as Inspiration Alcona.

The Alpena accountants Straley, Lamp and Kraenzlein offer this advice: "If you’re able to donate during this difficult period, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act may make it a little easier for you to do so.

"From an income tax perspective, the CARES Act has expanded charitable contribution deductions. Individual taxpayers who don’t itemize can take advantage of a new above-the-line $300 deduction for cash contributions to qualified charities in 2020. 'Above-the-line' means the deduction reduces adjusted gross income (AGI). You can take this in addition to your standard deduction.

"For larger donors, the CARES Act has eased the limitation on charitable deductions for cash contributions made to public charities in 2020, boosting it from 60% to 100% of AGI. There’s no requirement that your contributions be related to COVID-19.

"To be able to claim a donation deduction, whatever the size, you need to ensure you’re giving to a qualified charity. You can check a charity’s eligibility to receive tax-deductible contributions by visiting the IRS’s Tax-Exempt Organization Search. [Inspiration Alcona is on that list. However, fairly frequently, the search function at fails to work. If you can't find Inspiration Alcona, try the American Cancer Society or some other big charity. If that doesn't appear either, the search function is down again. Try the search in a couple of days.]

"If you’re making a large gift, it’s a good idea to do additional research on the charities you’re considering so you can make sure they use their funds efficiently and effectively. The IRS tool provides access to detailed financial information about charitable organizations, such as Form 990 information returns and IRS determination letters. [Both documents for Inspiration Alcona are available at the website.]

"Even if a charity is financially sound when you make a gift, there’s no guarantee it won’t suffer financial distress, file for bankruptcy protection or even cease operations down the road. The last thing you likely want is for a charity to use your gifts to pay off its creditors or for a purpose unrelated to the mission that inspired you to give in the first place. [Inspiration Alcona is financially sound, able to carry out its programs for more than a year without any money not already in the bank. It has no long-term debt.]

"One way to manage these risks is to restrict the use of your gift. For example, you might limit the use to assisting a specific constituency or funding medical research. These restrictions can be documented in a written gift or endowment fund agreement." [You may designate a program for any gift to Inspiration Alcona.]

You can mail checks or money orders to 

Inspiration Alcona 
PO Box 506
Lincoln, MI 48742

You can use a credit card or PayPal with the button below

If you buy things from Amazon, you can switch to Amazon Smile (, which has identical prices to you but sends 0.5% of the purchase price to a charity of your choice. Inspiration Alcona is among the million or so approved programs.

You'll be sending us a few cents when you buy a book, a few dollars if you buy a big woodworking tool. All those little percentages add up, and we're glad of your contribution.

If you have questions about a donation, please call 989-736-3000 or send email to