Ways to SUPPOrt

Gifts of all kinds are accepted with gratitude, but these are the most effective ways that you can make a difference right now.

The Power Of Giving


Your monetary donation to Manasota BUDS.helps provide critical support, services, and programs to the local Down syndrome community and their families.  

For over 20 years, Manasota B.U.D.S. has focused hard on “Bringing Up Down syndrome“: promoting awareness and inclusion across our diverse community. 

Today, we serve over 250 families, providing educational resources, scholarships, parent support, activities, social events, and encouragement.

Your generosity helps make it all possible. 


Other Ways You Can Give

Here are other ways you can join our mission of Bringing Up Down syndrome:

We are always looking for items that can enhance the activities that we provide for our members.  If you have items that you are considering for donation to Manasota BUDS, please email us at, or give us a call at (941) 907-0499.

To donate by check, please enclose them with a completed copy of this Donation Form.  Please make checks payable to Manasota BUDS, Inc. and mail them to the following address:

Manasota B.U.D.S., Inc.
8374 Market Street, Box 113
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

The ongoing support of monthly donors, who we call Champions, helps to ensure that Manasota BUDS has resources to be there for the families we serve, every single day.  By setting up your monthly gift, your charitable giving will be in place for the entire year with no further action required.  If your situation changes for any reason, you can always change or cancel your giving plan with ease.  To become a BUDS Champion, please Click Here to get started, or give us a call at
(941) 907-0499.

Honor someone you love by helping others.  Give in honor, memory, or celebration today.  The process is easy, simply click HERE to donate now.  Please be sure to include who you wish to honor, acknowledge, or give in memory of in the “Dedication” section. If you have any questions about donating in memory of in honor of someone, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or at (941) 907-0499.

Your gift to Manasota BUDS, Inc. could be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by your employer!  Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees, retirees and/or employees’ spouses.  

There are two ways to initiate a matching gift contribution:

1. If your company uses an online matching gift portal

Use your company’s matching gift platform to submit your matching gift verification request.  For gifts made to Manasota BUDS through our website, please use the address of 8374 Market St., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202.  Please note: Manasota B.U.D.S., Inc.’s EIN is: 22-3871903

2. If your company uses printed forms

Obtain a matching gift verification form from your company’s personnel/human resources office. Complete the form using your company’s official name. Be sure to complete the entire donor portion of the form and to include a copy of your gift receipt (if available).  If you made your donation through Manasota BUDS’ website, please email (preferred) or mail the form and a copy of your receipt to:

Mail:     Manasota BUDS, Inc. 
8374 Market St., Box 113
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Please note: Manasota B.U.D.S., Inc.’s EIN is: 22-3871903  

A charitable gift from your estate is a favored method of giving that enables you to achieve your financial goals and benefit the Down syndrome community. No other planned gift is as simple to implement or as easy to change should you ever need the assets during your lifetime.

bequest may be right for you if:

  • You would like to make a gift to Manasota BUDS, Inc.
  • You want the flexibility to change your mind.
  • You want continued access to your wealth, should you need it.
  • You are concerned about outliving your resources.

If you are interested in legacy giving through your estate, please contact at or call us at (941) 907-0499.  We are grateful for your consideration!

A beneficiary designation is one of the simplest ways to make a gift to Manasota BUDS. It’s literally as easy as filling out a form.  You can specify the individuals and charities you want to support and you can also specify the percentage of the assets you want each beneficiary to receive.

Beneficiary designations are available when giving the following assets: 

Retirement Assets

An alternative to a bequest gift is to designate Manasota BUDS, Inc. as the beneficiary of your retirement assets. This gift is simple because you can control the transfer of these assets at your death without changing your will or living trust. All you need to do is request (and complete) a new beneficiary designation form from your plan administrator. There is no need to modify your will or living trust.

A gift of retirement assets has the added advantage of being among the most tax-wise ways to make an estate gift. This is because your retirement assets, if left to individuals, will be subject to income tax when they receive distributions and, in the case of most non-spouses, those distributions must take place within 10 years, potentially pushing designated beneficiaries into higher tax brackets. With a gift to a non-profit such as Manasota BUDS, Inc., 100 percent of the funds are available for its charitable purposes. If you want to remember us in your estate plan, it is often better to leave other types of assets – cash, securities, real estate – to your heirs and give the more heavily taxed retirement asset to Manasota BUDS., Inc.

Life Insurance 

Life Insurance policies can also be used to make a gift to the Manasota BUDS, Inc.  Complete and return to the insurance company a form designating that Manasota BUDS, Inc. receives all or a portion of the death benefit associated with your life insurance policy.  As an alternative to naming Manasota BUDS, Inc. as the beneficiary, you can transfer ownership of the policy. Transferring ownership results in an immediate income tax charitable deduction and potential income tax savings in the year of the gift.

Other Assets

Commercial Annuity Contracts – a commercial annuity will sometimes have a remaining value at the end of the annuitant’s lifetime. You can name Manasota BUDS, Inc. to receive all or part of this amount by designating it as a beneficiary (sole or partial) on the appropriate form from the insurance company.

Bank Accounts – you can instruct your bank to pay Manasota BUDS, Inc. all or a portion of what remains in a checking or savings account. Your bank can provide you with the appropriate beneficiary designation form.

Investment Accounts – you can instruct your investment company to transfer to Manasota BUDS, Inc. some or all investments held in the account at the time of your passing.  Your broker or agent can let you know the process for doing this – it may be as simple as adding “T.O.D. to Manasota BUDS, Inc.” after your name on the account.

Should you have any questions about beneficiary designations, please email us at  Thank you for your consideration!

Family Foundation or Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Giving

Whether a part of a Family Foundation, or a Donor Advised Fund, the impact of your giving will deliver meaningful resources to the Down syndrome Community.  

To donate by mail, please download and complete the Donation Form and make your check payable to Manasota BUDS, Inc.  For quickest and most cost-efficient processing, please mail your form and gift to:

Manasota BUDS, Inc.
8374 Market St., Box 113
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Please note: Manasota B.U.D.S., Inc.’s EIN is: 22-3871903

There are many options for donating your home, second home, commercial building, raw land, farm, or other real estate to Manasota BUDS, Inc.  There may be a gift plan available that will help you achieve your charitable and financial goals.

A gift of real estate could be right for you if:

  • You own real estate for which you no longer want to be responsible.
  • You are willing to donate your home if you can continue to live in it.
  • You own real estate that you are willing to sell to us for a bargain price.
  • You own real estate that you are willing to donate if you get income in return.
  • You want to save income taxes.
  • You want to make a generous gift to Manasota BUDS, Inc.

How It Works

Here are some common techniques for making a gift of real estate to Manasota BUDS, Inc.:

  • Give your real estate now.
  • Give your home now, but continue to live in it as long as you wish.
  • Give your real estate now and receive payments for life.
  • Give your real estate through your estate.
  • Give a portion of your real estate and keep the rest.
  • Sell your real estate to us for less than its appraised value.

Should you have any questions about beneficiary designations, please email us at  Thanks for considering BUDS!