Making a Difference through a Financial Gift

A Touch of Understanding relies on volunteers and donations to make our programs available to children throughout the region. Because we are a nonprofit, you can be sure that your contribution will be used to benefit the community, and it’s tax-deductible to the full extent allowed (contact your tax advisor for specific information.)  We have many ways in which you can help A Touch of Understanding.


ATOU Wish List

Here is the current list of things needed by ATOU:

  • Direct Donations
  • Jumbo size Paper Clips
  • Standard Copier Paper (8 1/2 x 11)
  • 80 Pound Card Stock (beige or white)
  • Pens (higher quality)
  • Bottled Water
  • Comfortable Leather Couch
  • Laptop Computers (HDMI compatible)
  • Power Director 14 (Video Editing Software)
  • Canon – VIXIA HF G20 32GB HD
  • Thumb-Drives
  • Cloud Storage
  • Kyocera Copier Toner (TK-8507, Colors or Black)
  • 18 Gallon Plastic Bins (6)
  • Braille Watch or Talking Watch
  • Crayola 24 Count Color Pencils (5 Boxes)
  • Ticonderoga Pencils (50)
  • Epson ~ PowerLite Presenter WXGA Projector with DVD Player (new)
  • Da-Lite 94129 Theater-Lite Hdtv Portable Projection Screen (80-inch) with carrying case (new)
  • Accessible Van
  • Gift Cards for gifts to volunteers/awards/fundraisers
  • Gift Cards to Office Supply Stores
  • Movie Tickets
  • Electric Pencil Sharpener (new)
  • E-Z Up Tents 10 x 10
  • 6 foot light weight portable tables
  • Volunteers:
    • Fundraising
    • Youth F.O.R.C.E. (Friends Offering Respect ~ Creating Empowerment)
    • Presentations

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Products for Sale

Here is a list of item currently available for sale via donation.  A donation of the price listed will get you the item you would like.  Please contact Julie at Tribute and Greeting Cards We are also partnering with The Knit Tree who has agreed to donate 10% of their sales of certain items to A Touch of Understanding. THE KNIT TREE is a small family owned business in Northern California supporting many knitting artisans. The Knit Tree provides design ideas, training and marketing. They also show their unique hand knitted items in their catalog. Please check out their website here. TheKnitTree
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Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift! Please check with your company to see if it offers a matching gift program that will match your gift or volunteer hours to A Touch of Understanding. If your employer requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN) (i.e. Federal Tax Identification Number), please use 68-0389777. You may mail your completed matching gift form to: A Touch of Understanding 5280 Stirling Street, Suite 102                                                             Granite Bay, CA 96746 Your personal gift and matched contribution will be credited to the program or event location that you designated. If you have questions about matching gifts please call 916-791-4146 or email …
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Planned Giving

Planned Giving- Wills, Trusts and Annuities With a planned gift to A Touch of Understanding, you can combine your desire to give to charity with your overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals. Your planned gift gives you a special connection with ATOU. You can continue to ‘make a difference’ for children in years to come by making a contribution to ATOU through a charitable bequest. There are several types of bequests from which you can select, and we recommend you consult your own attorney. If it would be of help, we know of some local legal advisors who regularly include gift-making in their practices …
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Ways to Donate

DIRECT DONATIONS – You can choose to make a one-time donation Payment or set up a monthly, reoccuring donation through PRODUCTS FOR SALE – Revenue generated from the sale of products go directly into help our programs. ATOU WISH LIST – If you want to give something more specific, please check the ATOU Wish List to see what we are in need of. LONG TERM GIVING PROGRAMS, IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS AND ESTATE PLANS – Please contact Leslie Dedora at ATTEND AN EVENT – have fun and do good for others! Our next event is: …
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Sponsors :

Contact Leslie Dedora ( ) for information about becoming a sponsor


The Need

“I am more concerned with the way other children treat my son than I am about the disability itself” said a mother of a boy with mental retardation.

  • A young man with Cerebral Palsy said that a fellow student approached him while in high school, and said, “I didn’t know they allowed retards in here!”
  • A third grader hides behind a dumpster during recess to avoid ridicule and abuse by his classmates.

The Reward

The benefits of this unique experience extend far beyond this brief session. It touches hearts.

  • “I admit that I made fun of some people that were disabled. From now on I’ll try not to.” (Student)
  • “You helped me understand why people have stuff like fake arms and legs…Now I have know how others might feel when they are being stared at …Thank you” (Student)
  • “At a time when callous and cruel behavior is increasing in our schools, this message of respect and understanding deserves attention.” (Volunteer Edwards Ennis)
  • “It’s a win-win-win situation: Our volunteers love uniting with our students in fostering appreciation of mutual humanness; our audiences appreciate the opportunity to share and grow; and our volunteers have a special knack for nurturing each self and each other.”  (Volunteer JDD)

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