Every person has the ability to make a difference – regardless of the size or nature of the contribution. Every day we are surrounded by small opportunities to help others. Here are just a few of the ways in which you can make a difference.
You can make a once-off donation or choose to donate monthly or as often as you choose. Cape Mental Health is a registered Public Benefit Organisation in terms of Section 30 of the Income Tax Act 1962 and has been approved for purposes of Section 18A(1)(a) of the Act. Donations to the organisation are therefore tax deductible.
With 22 projects to furnish, equip and maintain, we can use almost any item you can spare. We welcome items such as blankets, clothing, crockery, non-perishable food, furniture, office stationery, and equipment that are in a good condition.
Volunteers contribute to the sustainability of Cape Mental Health by providing additional capacity and expertise to our various departments and mental health care services. They also impact directly on the lives of service users through their direct engagement with and nurturing of children and adults with mental disability.
Volunteers can be placed in any of our departments and programmes/projects to meet existing needs, but most placements occur at our community-based services for children with severe and profound intellectual disability, and our life skills and work skills training programmes for adults with intellectual disability and those with psychosocial disability.
Contact us at 021 447 9040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to explore volunteer opportunities at Cape Mental Health.
Fundraise for us
If you are participating in a sporting or other event, you can make the experience more meaningful by using it as a platform to raise money for your favourite cause. There are many different charity crowdfunding sites available to choose from and you can choose Cape Mental Health as your beneficiary. Explore GivenGain and other sites.
You can also ask your family and friends to make donations to Cape Mental Health in lieu of gifts on milestone occasions such as birthdays.
Leave a bequest
Your bequest will ensure that you leave a lasting legacy that will continue to benefit vulnerable children and adults with mental disability long after you are gone, without impacting on your present financial position.
There are many different ways of structuring a bequest. You can leave:
— A specific sum of money or item (such as a home or vehicle). Although this is the simplest form of a bequest, it makes no allowance for the effects of inflation or changes in the value of your estate. If you choose this type of bequest, you need review your Will regularly to make sure you are not giving away money or items you no longer possess.
— A percentage. This ensures a fair distribution amongst all your beneficiaries, regardless of any changes in the value of your estate.
— The residue (or a percentage of it). The residue is what is left over after funeral expenses, taxes and other bequests have been paid. You can leave the entire residue to a single beneficiary, or apportion it among several beneficiaries.
— A Life Insurance Policy – this can be ceded to an organisation like Cape Mental Health. Or you could take out a new policy, naming Cape Mental Health as the beneficiary.
— Charitable bequests are exempt from tax and can help reduce estate duty, as they are deducted from the value of your estate before tax is calculated. Please consult a qualified professional – an accountant, financial planner or attorney – before making or changing your Will. They will advise you on how best to structure your bequest and ensure that all documents are legally worded and witnessed.
Please contact us at 021 447 9040 or email email@example.com if you would like to discuss how you can support us in a way that is meaningful to you.
18 & 22 Ivy St, Observatory
Cape Town, South Africa