You may be wondering how you can help the Blue Stars. The organization depends on many sources of outside support including volunteer hours, financial contributions, summer housing, and in-kind gifts of goods and services. Below you will find a number of ways that the Blue Stars could use your help.
We rely on the generous support of people like you to offset the considerable expense of touring and keep tuition as low as possible for our students. The costs to take a national level drum and bugle corps down the road is skyrocketing. The price of diesel fuel and food has increased significantly during the past decade, and insurance and transportation expenses have never been higher. We need your financial support to continue providing 150 students with the positive experience that is the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps. To make your donation process as easy as possible, we have a couple of different ways for you to give.
Donate online through the Blue Stars Online Store
To make an online donation just go to http://shop.bluestars.org/donate/
Donate Online with the GivingExpressSM Program by American Express:
Now you can donate to Blue Stars with your American Express Card. Donations through the GivingExpress program can be made in dollars or Membership Rewards® points. And, your dollar donation is tax deductible. You can set up either a one-time or recurring donation to the Blue Stars. Plus, you can earn one Membership Rewards point for virtually every dollar you donate on an eligible, enrolled Card. Visit http://amex.justgive.org/nonprofits/donate.jsp?ein=39-1469643 for more information.
To make a donation by check, money order, or credit card, please print out the the general donation form and mail it to (checks and money orders can be made out to Blue Stars):
P.O. Box 2523
La Crosse, WI 54602-2523
Unless specifically stated, your donation will be deposited in the general operating fund and will be used to support the organization at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Consult your tax advisor.
Do you know that your employer might be able to help you give even more to the Blue Stars? Many companies have matching gift programs where they will match their employees' donations to qualified non-profit organization. Check with your companies Human Resources department to see whether they will match your contributions to the Blue Stars. We can help you with the processing of the paperwork.
Donation of investment securities offers a number of benefits, both for the Blue Stars, and for your personal income taxes. Not only does your contribution of investment securities provide further support for the Blue Stars organization, but you may also claim a charitable contribution, and may be able to avoid paying taxes on capital gains.
When you sell investment securities, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds, you owe taxes on the increase in value of the securities. If you held those securities for more than one year, you may owe capital gains taxes on the increase in value. When you donate securities that you have held for more than one year to a qualified charitable organization, like the Blue Stars, you can avoid paying capital gains taxes on the appreciation in the value of the securities, and you can deduct the full fair value of the securities as a charitable contribution (subject to certain limitations). You should consult your income tax advisor for full details.
2. Blue Stars Merchandise, Equipment
How do Blue Stars' fans stay connected with the corps during the year? With Blue Stars Gear, and Blue Stars Equipment. Best of all, your purchases and subscriptions directly support the Blue Stars and its members.
Blue Stars Merchandise
Equipment for Sale
Blue Stars Merchandise
Forgot to buy a tour shirt from a show? Need to buy another shirt for a friend or family member? Need to expand your drum corps apparel wardrobe? Don't worry, you can find all of your favorite Blue Stars merchandise in our Online Store. Our online store is a great way to show your support for the Blue Stars and to obtain some of our fantastic merchandise, even if you don't happen to catch us at a show this summer. Don't miss out! Buy your Blue Stars merchandise at our online store.
Equipment for Sale
We attempt to provide our members with the very best equipment available for the marching activity. To that end, we periodically sell our used equipment after only a year or two of use. This is a great opportunity for high school and college bands or other drum and bugle corps to purchase high quality brass and percussion equipment at terrific prices. Check out the equipment we currently have for sale here. If you are interested in benefiting from our equipment sales program, please contact Brad Furlano at (608) 782-3219, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can support the Blue Stars simply by shopping. We currently have a few shopping opportunities that will support the Blue stars.
The Blue Stars have registered with iGive.com and can receive the benefit of your online shopping. Up to 25 percent of your online shopping can go back to the Blue Stars! Get dressed, fill your fridge, feed your pet, restock your lawn and garden shed, order flowers and gifts, and buy that new computer, all online! At iGive.com, membership is free! Imagine how much money could go to the Blue Stars if our supporters did all of their shopping online at http://www.igive.com/bluestars, where up to 25 percent of every purchase is donated to the organization!
So hurry up and visit the Mall at iGive.com, where you can shop at the almost 680 merchants, including favorites like iTunes, JCrew, 1-800-FLOWERS, American Eagle Outfitters, Bloomingdales, Expedia.com, PETsMART.com, Spiegel.com and BarnesandNoble.com for all your everyday needs. Tell your friends because iGive.com will give $1 to Your Cause for every shopper you refer - out to six degrees of referrals! When you sign up, you'll need to indicate that the Blue Stars is to receive the donations. iGive.com sends regular reports and payments of donations directly to the Blue Stars. You will also receive verification of your donation.
Go to iGive.com today and designate the Blue Stars as the non-profit organization that you support. The primary difference between iGive and the Blue Stars Online Mall, is the choice of stores differs somewhat, and the donations to the Blue Stars from iGive can be claimed as a charitable contribution on your personal income taxes.
Get a Kwik Trip Kwik Card
Do you buy gas or other goods at Kwik Trip or Kwik Star stores? If so, please consider signing up for a Kwik Card and indicating 'Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps' as your charity. If a Kwik Card account holder designates Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps as their charity of choice, the organization will receive everything the account holder has accumulated plus Kwik Trip will donate an additional 5% on top of their eligible in-store purchases. The account holder receives 3 cents back for their gasoline and diesel products and 10% back on their eligible in-store purchases. Your Kwik Rewards donation MAY be considered tax deductible. Please consult a tax advisor.
4. Search The Internet
This is perhaps one of the easiest ways you can support the Blue Stars - simply searching the Internet. Each and every time you conduct a search on the Internet, you can earn money for the corps. Simply go to GoodSearch and choose Blue Stars as your cause, then every time you search from GoodSearch or use the GoodSearch toolbar, your searches will make money for the Blue Stars.
This is perhaps one of the easiest ways you can support the Blue Stars - simply searching the Internet. Each and every time you conduct a search on the Internet, you can earn money for the corps. The Blue Stars are a participating non-profit with GoodSearch, which is powered by Yahoo. Use GoodSearch like any other internet search engine. Each time you conduct a search and click through on a search result, money is generated for the corps.
Here's how it works:
1. Just go to GoodSearch, powered by Yahoo (www.goodsearch.com).
2. If you don't see "Blue Stars" in the "you're supporting" box, click the "Choose a Cause" button. Then, type "Blue Stars" and hit enter.
3. Search the Internet just like you would with any search engine. GoodSearch shares its advertising revenue with charities and schools, and every time you search the web, you'll be earning money for the Blue Stars.
So, please add this site to your favorites or better yet make it your home page. You can even download a toolbar that will be added to your web browser. The more people that use the site, the more money we'll earn, so please spread the word!
5. Purchase or Renew Your Magazine Subscriptions
Our online fundraising store has over 650 of the most popular magazine titles at up to 85% off newsstands prices. Purchase or renew your favorite magazine subscriptions and 40% of your purchase will go directly to the Blue Stars. Just visit our Magazine Fundraiser page to purchase or renew your subscriptions.
6. Gifts in Kind
If you have items of value that you would like to donate to a charity, please consider donating them the the Blue Stars. We also have a Wish List of specific items that we are looking to aquire.
Food Donations: Each summer, the Blue Stars receive many donations of baked goods and other food products while on tour. The members love nothing more than fresh baked cookies and other treats. Other items that the corps uses daily include fresh bread, milk, juices, fruit, and cereal. If you would like to donate canned goods please bring industrial size cans as it makes our volunteer cooks' jobs much easier.
The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (Blue Stars, Performing Arts for Youth, Inc.) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Consult your tax advisor.