The Reason for the Season

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Definition:  “The desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money or other resources to good causes.”

Ahh, yes. We love when we can wrap a good Latin word around something that’s a passion of ours. And philanthropy is a big one for us.

At this time of year, before we fall into our food & holiday inspired coma, we also find time to look back over the year and find the nuggets of thankfulness that we have experienced. We are thankful for our amazing work family, the communities that surround us, and life in general in our little corner of paradise. And because we love where we live and work, we are passionate about giving back. There are so many ways to do this, and it’s not always about how many zeroes there are on the donation check. Supporting and giving, whether with our time, talent or treasure, is a big deal to all of us at bartonCPA. Making a real difference in the lives of others is something we discuss, plan and make happen. And we hope that you will share your favorite cause here on our blog page, expanding the message of being thankful and giving back.

So why this blog? As a CPA firm, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also give you a little tax tip about giving. The IRS considers charitable giving to be gifts made to qualified charitable organizations, operated exclusively for charitable purposes.  Your charitable contributions can be monetary, or donations of property. We know that you support various causes because of your compassion and enthusiasm, but we want you to know that you can also get a little offset from those pesky taxes. If this is confusing, or you need a little input, let us help you uncover the financial benefits while you give until it hurts.

barton w daughter“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
barton mlk quoteWe’re so proud of our founders, Dee Dee and Greg Barton, and the advice they passed on to their two daughters. When the girls were younger, the family had a ritual with their allowance money, teaching the girls the four basics of properly distributing any money that came their way: save, spend, donate, and invest. Teaching them to be philanthropic while saving money and buying stuff is a concept that can take a little training. Both girls embraced it, most of the time, with only a few eye rolls as they put $5 in the “donate” jar, rather than in the Barbie Dream House fund.

At bartonCPA, choosing how best to allocate our charitable donations comes straight from our heart. We believe in the old adage “do three things well, not 12 things poorly,” so we come together to discuss where the need is, or where our involvement will elevate and help people in our community. For example, when Dee Dee and Greg’s oldest daughter was 16, she proudly came out as a lesbian. She’s an amazingly brave and accomplished young woman, and we’re all proud of her honesty and ongoing commitment to the LGBT community. She has inspired us as a company to support several causes, including Palm Springs Pride, Stonewall Humanitarian Awards, Transgender Coalition, and the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. We love the work these remarkable organizations do to support all ways of living and loving.

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“People who are homeless are not socially inadequate. They are people without homes.”
Homelessness in this Valley is prevalent and heartbreaking. It is an area we feel strongly about, as we know many may not have families to support them in the most rudimentary of functions. We want to help in ways that resonate, such as food donations, time and financial support to CV Rescue Mission, Well in the Desert, and Point in Time Homeless Count.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”
As small business owners, we believe that each and every effort we participate in makes a world of difference. Giving back as a company is rewarding, and giving back personally touches those in need on a deeper level and is the best gift of all.  We encourage our staff and clients to give time, treasure or talent to whatever cause touches their heart. In addition to the groups we’ve mentioned, we also support local schools, our great city of Palm Springs, Toys for Tots, and LunaFest.

barton piggy bankOur Dee Dee sums it up the best: "Our reasoning for giving…maybe it's obvious. We are all about elevating people to be the best they can be. Whether it's something to eat, or a place to stay, or a world that accepts them and celebrates them for who they are, we can all make a difference in people’s lives. Okay, let me step off my soapbox now. I don't want to break a hip."

Happy Thanksgiving, and season of giving, from all of us at bartonCPA!barton money cornucopia

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