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How to Donate

Donate to Tri County TeamMates!!

There are several ways to donate to the Tri County TeamMates chapter.  Each is listed below with directions on how to make the donation.  All donations are tax deductible and the tax form will be sent to the donor from the TeamMates state office.  The donation methods are:

Online Donation at eFunds for Schools.

The Tri County Public School District is pleased to introduce a new program call e-Funds for Schools.  Tri County Public Schools will list TeamMates as an option which will allow families to donate directly to the Tri County chapter with a single payment.  e-Funds offers various options for parents/guardians who choose to make payments on-line and is extremely user friendly. You have the flexibility to make a payment at any time through the school's website.The e-Funds For Schools service is offered to you by a third party service provider and they charge for processing your payment(s), similar to other on-line banking services. The district does not request or keep records of family checking or credit card account information.

The "e-Funds For Schools" electronic payment service is provided to the school by a third party service provider. The service provider has a nominal fee for their service. There is a $1.00 transaction convenience fee for each electronic checking payment that you make. The system carries a Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) charge if the payment is “bad”. For payments made by credit or debit card, there is a convenience fee of $2.65 per each $100 increment in the transaction. When you setup your account, please review your options carefully.

You are in full control of your account and can make a payment at any time that is convenient for you. No payments will be allowed without your knowledge and authorization through this secure payment system.  The e-Funds For School site is secure and uses industry standard data encryption.

How does e-Funds for Schools work?

* Families set up and maintain their own logins, passwords, and payment preferences. Your account information is retained in a password-protected file.

* Payments from a credit card or checking account may easily be set up.

*Donations may be recurring payment or donors may opt to make a one-time payment.

* The program offers various types of payment to families that include but are not limited to instructional materials, field trip fees, yearbook fees, graduation fees, and of course food service payments. The system may be expanded to include other fees as well.

You will be able to access e-Funds by logging into the school website, www.tricountyschools.org, and hover on the Community link and select TeamMates.  From there you will select "New Users" and complete the registration process. Once that is complete, you can click on the TeamMates donation button and make your donation to the program.

Direct Donation

Patrons may bring their donation to the Tri County district office.  The donation will be received along with the donor information and that will be sent to the chapter treasurer who will forward your tax deductible information to the chapter office.

Commodity Donation

Area farmers can donate an amount of grain or livestock  to the TeamMates organization through their local cooperative.  The dollar amount for the grain will come to the district office and the information will be sent to the chapter treasurer and the tax donation will be sent to the individual making the donation.

Farmers and livestock producers can save significant taxes by donating commodities such as grain and/or livestock to the Tri County TeamMates program.  TeamMates is a mentoring program for students in grades three through six in the elementary school.  Producers who wish to donate portions of their crops or livestock directly to TeamMates  not only benefit their community, but are able to benefit from tax savings.  This savings may be greater than if they had sold the commodity and then donated a portion of the proceeds.


When an agricultural producer transfers legal ownership of the commodity to a charity before it is sold, the producer will not have taxable income from a sale, thus minimizing taxes.  Tax savings may be realized on federal income tax, state income tax and self-employment tax, depending on the producer’s specific circumstances.


Farmers or ranchers wanting their gift to benefit their community should consider giving to the Tri County TeamMates chapter.  They should check with their accountants to determine whether a contribution of commodities is appropriate to their tax situation.


Farmers Can Receive Tax Benefits From Charitable Contributions of Commodities


Cash basis farmers can take the standard deductions and still receive a tax benefit from charitable contributions.  To get these benefits, farmers must make charitable contributions in unsold commodities rather than cash.  This technique might also cut social security taxes if the contribution in commodities reduces income below the social security earnings base.


To make this strategy work, the taxpayer must:

  1. Be a cash-basis taxpayer.  

  2. Contribute the commodity, not the sale proceeds.  Contribute the unsold commodity to the charity.  Deliver the grain or livestock to the elevator or sale barn, and have the title or warehouse receipt made out in the name of the charity.

  3. Be an active farmer.  This technique works for active producers who have raised the commodity as inventory.  It does not apply to retired farmers who may have received gain on a crop-share lease.  That grain has a rental status which is distinguished from business income and prevents transfer under the charitable rules.

  4. The taxpayer should review the transaction with his or her CPS or tax advisor in advance.