Evans Center Donation A ‘Win-Win’ For Donor, Non-Profit
By Space Coast Daily // April 20, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Evans Center, a proposed model neighborhood market and job training center currently being managed through the development phase by the Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition (BNDC), has been approved for participation in the Community Contribution Tax Credit Program.
In partnership with Brevard County businesses, churches and organizations, the Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition provides hope and opportunity for the county’s most impoverished areas.
Evans Center is one of only two nonprofits in the county to have been granted this tax credit program, which offers any business in Florida a tax credit of up to 50 percent of the value of their contribution to the organization.
“It is “win-win” for both the nonprofit and the donor,” said BNDC director Lynn Brockwell-Carey.
The opportunity is beneficial to businesses that pay Florida corporate income taxes, Florida insurance premium taxes and any business that collects and remits sale taxes.
The latter will receive a cash refund instead of tax credits.
Donations are made payable directly to Evans Center qualify for the tax credit program and the BNDC will help the donor with the simple application required to receive the tax advantages.
Applications must be sent to Tallahassee between July 2 and 16 of this year.
Facility To Serve Powell, Driskell Heights Subdivisions
BNDC, has partnered with Powell Subdivision Neighborhood Watch, the Congregations for Community Action and the City of Palm Bay to help build a market and deli, job training facility and health clinic at the site of a shuttered corner grocery that had become a magnet for drugs and crime.
The facility will serve both the Powell and Driskell Heights subdivisions, both low-income, African-American neighborhoods.
The health clinic will be operated by the Brevard Health Alliance to replace a mobile unit that is only able to serve the community once a week.
Opening for Evans Center is slated for 2013.
Evans Center has already achieved 501(c)(3) status; the Evans board qualifies as a community based development organization with HUD.
More than 55 percent of households in the area earn less than $24,999 annually. 70% of residents own one or no automobiles.
The accessibility of the new store will be a boom to these individuals, many of whom are elderly residents or young parents who in order to buy staples, must currently travel almost one-and-a-half miles to a Walmart Neighborhood Market.
For more information contact Brockwell-Carey at 321-253-4214 or log on to BNDCserve.org
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