You may make voluntary contributions to the funds listed below. Enter the whole dollar amount (no cents, please) of your contribution(s) in the boxes provided on the return.
Your contribution(s) will reduce your refund or increase your tax payment. You cannot change the amount(s) you give after you file your return.
- Return a Gift to Wildlife
Your contribution will benefit New York's fish, wildlife, and marine resources, and you can receive a free issue of Conservationist magazine. Call 1 800 678-6399 for your free sample issue.
- Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse (MECC) Fund (Missing/Exploited Children Fund)
Each year over 20,000 children are reported missing in New York State. Your contribution will benefit the New York State MECC (part of the Missing Persons Clearinghouse). This organization works with police agencies and parents to locate missing children and to promote child safety through education. Contributions are used to distribute educational materials, disseminate missing child alerts, and conduct investigative training for police officers. For additional information about services and free safety publications see the web site or call 1 800 FIND-KID (346-3543).
- Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund (Breast Cancer Research Fund)
Your contribution will support ground-breaking research and education in New York State to prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer. Help make breast cancer a disease of the past. New York State will match your contribution to the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund, dollar for dollar.
- Alzheimer's Disease Fund (Alzheimer's Fund)
Contributions to this fund support services provided by the Alzheimer's Disease Program administered by the New York State Department of Health. This program is designed to provide education, counseling, respite, support groups, and other supportive services to people with Alzheimer's disease, their families, caregivers, and health care professionals.
- United States Olympic Committee/Lake Placid Olympic Training Center (Olympic Fund)
Contributions to this fund help support the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. The $16 million complex is one of just three U.S. Olympic training centers in the United States. The center is used primarily by U.S. athletes who are training to compete in future winter and summer Olympic and Paralympic sports. Individual contributions must be $2. If you are married filing jointly and your spouse also wants to contribute, enter $4.
- Prostate and Testicular Cancer Research and Education Fund
Your contribution will advance prostate and testicular cancer research, support programs and education projects in New York State. New York State will match contributions to the Prostate Cancer Research, Detection, and Education Fund, dollar for dollar.
- National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center (9/11 Memorial)
Your contribution will help sustain the National September 11 Memorial & Museum that commemorates and honors the thousands of people who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. The Memorial and Museum recognizes the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their lives to save others, and the compassion of all who supported us in our darkest hours. Help New York State, the nation, and the world remember by making a contribution.
- Volunteer Firefighting and Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment and Retention Fund (Volunteer Firefighting & EMS Recruitment Fund)
Contributions to this fund will help recruit and retain the men and women who make up our volunteer fire and volunteer emergency medical services units. Volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical services workers are crucial to the effective operation of a municipality and for the safety and well-being of the citizens of this state. Volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical services workers provide invaluable benefits to their local communities. Despite their importance, the number of volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical services workers has declined significantly over the past few years. For more information, contact the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control at (518) 474-6746.
- Teen Health Education Fund (Teen Health Education)
Contributions to this fund will be used to supplement educational programs in schools for awareness of health issues facing teens today. These issues include health programs with an established curriculum providing instruction on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse prevention, teen obesity, and teen endometriosis.
- Veterans Remembrance and Cemetery Maintenance and Operation Fund (Veterans Remembrance)
Your contribution will help provide for the perpetual care of state veterans cemeteries. Contributions will be used for the purchase, leasing, and improvement of land for veterans cemeteries, the purchase and leasing of equipment and other materials needed for the maintenance of cemeteries, and other associated costs.
- Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund (Homeless Veterans)
Contributions to this fund will be used to assist in providing homeless veterans in New York with assistance and care with housing and housing-related expenses. The New York State Department of Veterans Affairs will oversee the collection and distribution of amounts in the fund.
- Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund
Contributions to this fund will be used by the New York State Office of Mental Health to provide grants to organizations dedicated to eliminating the stigma of mental illness and helping people access care. In America, one in five adults, as well as one in five children age 13 to 18, live with a mental illness, yet many do not access the care they need. The stigma of mental illness is often cited as one of the largest barriers to treatment.
- Women’s Cancers Education and Prevention Fund
Contributions to this fund will be used for grants for women’s cancers education and prevention programs that have been approved by the New York State Department of Health. High risk women’s cancers include cervical, endometrial, gestational trophoblastic tumors, ovarian, uterine sarcoma, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. Increased education and early detection can help women become more aware of symptoms and seek timely medical attention.
- Autism Awareness and Research Fund (Autism Fund)
Contributions to this fund will be expended only for autism awareness projects or autism research projects approved by the New York State Department of Health. Autism research projects include scientific research, and autism awareness projects include projects aimed toward educating the general public about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of autism.
- Veterans’ Home Assistance Fund (Veterans’ Homes)
Contributions to this fund will be used for the care and maintenance of certain veterans’ homes in New York. Monies on deposit in the fund will be disbursed equally each fiscal year to the following facilities: The State Home for Veterans and Their Dependents at Oxford; The State Home for Veterans in the City of New York (St. Albans); The State Home for Veterans at Batavia; the State Home for Veterans at Montrose; and The Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University. Either the Commissioner of Health or the Commissioner of Education shall approve and certify expenditures from the fund.