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Arms of Love Foster Care is a ministry of Arizona Baptist Children’s Services & Family Ministries (ABCS), a Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organization. This means that you can reduce what you owe in Arizona state taxes by up to $1,000 (married couples) or $500 (individuals) when you make a donation to Arms of Love. You don’t even have to itemize to qualify for this dollar-for-dollar tax credit!
Donations can be made online here or mailed to our Statewide Operations office at 1779 N. Alvernon Way | Tucson, AZ 85712.
We know that you have many choices when it comes to supporting ministries and charitable organizations, and we are grateful for your interest in learning more about how you can help Arms of Love. One of our core values is to be a good steward with what we have been given, and as such, we promise that your contribution will be used where it will have the greatest impact. Thank you for partnering with us to meet the needs of the least of these.
For more information about tax credits, visit the Arizona Department of Revenue website or call (800) 352-4090. You can reach ABCS at (800) 678-0648 or visit the Contact Us page.
Do I have to give to the Arms of Love Foster Care ministry to qualify for the tax credit?No, you can designate your gift to ABCS or to any of our seven Christ-centered ministries and still qualify for the tax credit.I give to schools for their tax credits. Does this mean that I don’t qualify for this tax credit?Actually, the Arizona Charitable Tax Credits are separate from the Private School and Public School credits. Arizona taxpayers may utilize all of them.Is this separate from the Working Poor Tax Credit?Yes, the Working Poor Tax Credit is now referred to as the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. Arizona taxpayers can now qualify for both the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit and the Arizona Foster Care Charitable Tax Credit when they give to separate qualifying organizations.I don’t owe any state taxes, or I don’t owe as much in state taxes as the credit allows me to give. Does it still benefit me to give?Tax credits may be carried forward up to five years, so even if you give more than you owe in state taxes this year, you can apply the credit to your taxes for the next five years. Whether you claim a state tax credit or not, the amount you give to ABCS is eligible for a federal deduction. Additionally, with a gift of any amount to ABCS you can help provide hope and care to hurting children and families in your community, and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ across Arizona. We encourage you to give any amount God leads you to give, regardless of the qualifying tax credit amounts.
What is the difference between a tax credit and a tax deduction?Tax credits and deductions are very different in the way they benefit you financially. Tax deductions reduce the amount of your gross income that is taxable while tax credits are applied directly against the amount of money owed in taxes. In most cases, a tax credit provides a greater positive impact to you financially. Click here to read more about the difference between credits and deductions, and to view some examples of the financial impact of each.
How does ABCS qualify for this tax credit?ABCS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and for years has been acknowledged as a Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organization.
I like to give locally. Where do donations to ABCS go?Contributions made to ABCS will be used wherever the need is greatest, unless a specific ministry is designated. Funds stay locally in the region where the contribution is given.
How does my gift help?When you support ABCS, you become a part of our mission to provide hope and care to hurting children and families through Christ-centered ministries. Our ministries help meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs, such as providing foster homes for children in care of the state, distributing diapers and food boxes to families in need, providing pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, offering counseling services, caring for church and ministry leaders, and more. Browse our website to learn more about how gifts from donors like you are impacting lives in Arizona.
What else can I do to help?Visit our Donate page to learn more about all the ways to give to ABCS. There are a number of ways you can help each ministry. Visit the ”You Can Help” pages under our foster care, pregnancy centers and transitional program ministries. We also love volunteers and have opportunities for groups and individuals. Visit our Volunteer page to learn more.