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It depends on the amount of your gift. Memorial Blood Centers will issue you a receipt for any amount you contribute. However, typically the IRS does not require a receipt for any gift of $249.99 or less. For a single gift of $250 or more, you are required to have a receipt to substantiate your claim.
If you make a quid pro quo contribution—that is, you receive goods or services in exchange for a portion of your gift—Memorial Blood Centers is required to issue a receipt specifying the amount of the contribution and the goods and/or services received. For example, if you attend a benefit dinner and your charitable contribution includes the cost of the dinner, then that cost must be subtracted from your charitable deduction.
When you have made your gift online through the secure Network for Good site and your credit card number has been verified, a tax receipt will be emailed to you automatically, acknowledging your contribution for tax purposes.
For checks and other contributions, receipts are issued as quickly as possible once gifts are received. Most receipts—even for those gifts made on December 31—are issued by the end of January to help you prepare for tax filing. If you make an end-of-year gift and do not receive your receipt by early February, please Contact Us.