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State tax credits help local charities

The 11 local groups plan to add services.
Thursday, July 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:17 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

For 11 Boone County charities, finding donations from businesses became easier Tuesday when the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced they would receive about $2.5 million in state tax credits.

The 11 charities were among 107 in the state that received a total of $16 million in tax credits to provide incentives for businesses to donate.

Donors to the charities can claim as much as 50 percent of their contribution as a tax credit, or 70 percent if the charity is in a qualified rural area. The tax credits are offered through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. Donations can come in the form of money, supplies, professional services, labor, real estate or stocks and bonds.

The Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home in Harrisburg received $350,000, the largest tax credit available to rural programs. The children’s home helps abused and neglected children, mostly between ages 5 and 18. It has three homes that house eight children apiece.

Teresa Burbridge, executive assistant for the home, said the tax credits will allow the home to provide better care for more children.

Phoenix Programs in Columbia received $250,000, the largest credit available to urban programs. It provides outpatient and residential services to people with alcohol and drug dependencies.

Phoenix Programs applied for the credits so it could construct a new building on Leslie Lane in north Columbia. Executive Director Deborah Beste said the new facility will allow the organization to serve more people and to do so more efficiently by housing all its services in one building. The program is currently spread across different buildings around Columbia, Beste said.

Services will expand particularly in the area of families with chemical dependencies. “Our space limits the amount of work we can do with families,” Beste said, adding the new facility will allow Phoenix Programs to serve 20 percent to 25 percent more people in the first year.

The Missouri Rural Crisis Center received a $199,680 tax credit to help it raise money for a new office, a meat processing facility, refrigerated storage space, a warehouse and a retail outlet for Missouri farm products. The center provides its 5,500 member families across the state with community-based economic services.

The center runs a network of food cooperatives for low- to moderate-income rural families, Oates said. It also works on state and federal policies that affect members, and oversees Patchwork Family Farms, a cooperative of sustainable pork producers,

“What we’d like to do is expand our capacity to meet the food needs of our members and the public in central Missouri,” Oates said.

He said the purpose of the expansion would be to better process and store local products for central Missouri, bring in other farmers’ goods and provide better infrastructure.


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