ACBL Charity Foundation Corporation

The American Contract Bridge League Charity Foundation Corporation, hereafter referred to as the ACBL Charity Foundation, was incorporated in 1964 in the State of New York. The headquarters of the corporation are at 6575 Windchase Blvd., Horn Lake MS 38637-1523.

Trustees

The ACBL Charity Foundation is managed by five trustees; all of whom must be American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) members, and at least one of whom must not be a current member of the ACBL Board of Directors. Current trustees and the year their term expires are:

Trustee Term
Georgia Heth, President 1-2015*
James Sternberg, MD, Vice President 2-2016*
Bill Cook, Treasurer 1-2015*
Bonnie Bagley 2-2018*
Phyllis Harlan 2-2017*

* 1-xxxx = 1st term expiration; 2-xxxx = 2nd term expiration

Trustees are elected to four year terms, and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. Trustees are elected by the ACBL Board of Directors. ACBL members wishing to stand for election as a Charity Foundation trustee should contact Kelley McGuire at ACBL headquarters for information. Kelley’s e-mail address is kelley.mcguire@acbl.org.

Trustee Meetings

The ACBL Charity Foundation Board of Trustees meets at least twice a year, at the Spring and Fall NABCs. Click on the following to view minutes of board meetings held during the past four years.

Charity Foundation Income

Money to fund the donations made by the ACBL Charity Foundation is raised primarily from the charity games held in clubs and units. In addition, there are two ACBL-wide charity games held annually in clubs, one in March and the other in November. Occasionally, individual contributions are made.

Bylaws

Much information about the ACBL Charity Foundation can be found in its bylaws. Click ACBL Charity Foundation Bylaws to view the Bylaws.

Charity Foundation Grants

Since 1964, the ACBL Charity Foundation has made substantial contributions to a wide range of charitable organizations. To make a donation or find out more, call 662-253-3129, or e-mail us at charityfdn@acbl.org.

In an effort to respond to the needs of charity in our local areas, in 2005 the ACBL Charity Foundation began issuing grants to districts rather than granting one $100,000 contribution to a national Charity of the Year. The ACBL Charity Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and contributions are fully tax deductible.

The districts are included in a four-year cycle with the exceptions of Districts 1 and 2, where charity funds are collected by the Canadian Bridge Federation (see below). Districts 18 and 19 share one grant because their membership is split between Canada and the U.S. During the previous cycle, District 19 received a 60% share and District 18 received a 40% share.

Districts receiving grants:

2015 — 3, 10, 13, 17

2016 — 5, 6, 9, 21, 23
2017 — 4, 14, 18/19, 22

 Authorized Grants:

Each district will be allowed to allocate $30,000. This sum can be divided into no more than five separate grants, each of which must be made to a qualified 501(c)3 organization.
The check will be written after the appropriate documentation of the 501(c)3 status has been provided, and the checks will be distributed directly to the recipients. Requests for checks will be made by the district director. The relevant district boards or their designee shall allocate the district grants.

Requests for grant allocations must be made by November 15 of each year or the unused portion will be forfeited and the funds returned to the general fund of the ACBL Charity Foundation. Distribution of funds may be delayed due to availability of liquid assets, and the districts shall be promptly notified of any such delays.

The Canadian Bridge Federation (CBF) Charitable Fund decides grant recipients from charity money raised in Canada. Districts 1 and 2 are both Canadian districts, and parts of districts 18 and 19 are in Canada.

Each Charity Foundation trustee is entitled to distribute up to $3000 per year to charities of his/her choice. Each member of the ACBL Board of Directors who is not also a Charity Foundation trustee is allotted $1000/year to give to charities of his/her choice. The ACBL Charity Foundation also sets aside $5000 to be contributed to a qualified charity at each NABC. The local tournament committee decides the recipient.

Applying for a Charity Foundation Grant

In addition to District/Board of Directors/Foundation Trustee grants, the ACBL Charity Foundation occasionally donates to charities who formally apply for grants from the Foundation. To do this, a formal request is sent to ACBL Charity Foundation, 6575 Windchase Blvd., Horn Lake, MS 38637-1523, attn: Kelley McGuire. Requests should contain specific information on the following items, which are of primary importance to the Trustees:

  1. Specific amount requested
  2. Specific project that the funds will be used for and budget for same
  3. To what use would the grant be put? For example, educational or promotional use? Research? Service?
  4. Complete audited financial statement for the two most current years
  5. Copy of 501C(3)

District 17 Charity Grants from the ACBL Charity Foundation

Since 1964, the ACBL Charity Foundation has made substantial contributions to a wide range of charitable organizations. In an effort to respond to the needs of charity in our local areas, in 2005 the ACBL Charity Foundation began issuing grants to districts rather than granting one $100,000 contribution to a national Charity of the Year. Each district receives a $30,000 grant on a four to five year cycle to be distributed to as many as seven 501(c)(3) charities.

Karin Kelsey, former District17 board member and District 17 Charity Chairman, received more than 25 requests from the 23 units in District 17 and seven charities were chosen.

The charities selected were:

Assistance League of El Paso TX
Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, Las Cruces NM
Verde Valley Sanctuary, Sedona AZ
Hospice of Yuma, Yuma AZ
La Familia, Farmington NM
The Food Bank, Fort Collins CO
St. Benedict’s Health and Healing Ministry, Boulder CO

Each charity received $4,300. District 17 contributed an additional $100 to ensure each charity received the same amount.

Some units had special presentations with publicity.

D17 Representative Robb Gordon presents check to Barry Maketansky, Community Enterprise Coordinator for the Verde Valley SanctuaryUnit 355 in Sedona AZ had a Charity Game along with a raffle and raised an additional $1,200 for the Verde Valley Sanctuary, which offers a variety of programs related to helping people who have been affected by family violence or sexual assault. An article appeared in the Red Rock News on Feb. 11 with pictures of the check presentation and winners of the raffle for bridge lessons with Linda and Robb Gordon. District 17 Board Member Robb Gordon presented the check to Barry Maketansky, Community Enterprise Coordinator for the Verde Valley Sanctuary.

Glen Moss, president of Hospice of Yuma board of directors - Dave Sussman, Yuma Unit 358 President - John Williams, Hospice of Yuma executive directorYuma Unit 358 President David Sussman presented the charity check to the Hospice of Yuma President Glen Moss and John Williams, Hospice of Yuma executive director. The Hospice of Yuma provides compassionate care for terminally ill patients and their families. To read the article that appeared in the Yuma Sun on February 16, click here.

 

 

 

 

Las Cruces Unit 380 members Christina Little & Evelyn Colson, Community of Hope Executive Director Nicole Martinez, Unit 380 President Dave Gose, and Patsy Hackler, U380 memberLas Cruces Unit 355 President Dave Gose and unit members Christina Little, Evelyn Colson and Patsy Hackler presented Community of Hope Executive Director Nicole Martinez with the $4,300 check. Mesilla Valley Community of Hope is an alliance of agencies on one campus that addresses homelessness and poverty in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County. The funds from the ACBL Charity Foundation will be used to support the Veteran’s Housing Program.

 

 

Janet KoellingBoulder Unit 359 President Ellen Vineski presented the ACBL Charity Foundation Check to Sally Bowersox, Executive Director of St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry on February 28 at the 10th Annual Heart Art Fundraiser. St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry provides no-cost, basic health care to medically underserved and under insured adults.