Donate secure site online: Release the Fear is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, and your donations are 100% tax deductible.
In a recent workshop, one boy did not look happy to be there. From that initial mood, he evolved—raising his hand to answer questions and eventually leading a group. At the end of the workshop, facilitators gave each child a certificate of participation. When it was this boy’s turn, he stood up and walked to the facilitator to receive his certificate.
The facilitator asked, “What did you learn today?”
His answer was simple, but it had a resounding effect on everyone. When he took his certificate, this boy said, “I matter.” (Matt, age 15)
"Thank you so much for everything, Release the Fear. This program has helped me through so much. For the longest time I tried to get others to love me. But what I never knew was that all I had to do was love myself to be happy. Thank you for helping me do that." (Megan, age15)
"I learned to love myself through this program. I am happy and am capable of so much more [than] I ever thought I could be capable of. Thank you.” (Victoria, age 16)
You can inspire more HOPE = You can decide what to do with some of your Arizona's tax dollars.
Release the Fear is accredited to receive donations made to Qualifying Charitable Organizations, formally known as the Working-Poor Tax Credit. We provide life-skills training that is necessary to meet immediate basic needs for socioeconomic and disadvantaged youth by inspiring and empowering kids with the tools to make better life choices—which is also helping to reduce recidivism in Arizona.
How does the tax credit work? Your donation qualifies for up to $400 Arizona State Tax Credit ($800 if filing jointly) if received by December 31.This is a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your Arizona state tax return if you have an Arizona tax liability at least equal to the donated amount. For example, if you owe $300 in Arizona taxes, you get to decide what to do with $200 of those dollars through this program. This is at no additional cost to you. As an added benefit, your donation qualifies for a federal tax deduction because Release the Fear is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
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We can create a societal savings of $30 billion. How is this possible? Statistics from 1998 state there is an overwhelming societal cost for each youth who is headed for a life of crime. Mark A. Cohen of the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, in his 1998 publication, The Monetary Value of Saving a High-risk Youth, states, “The overall lifetime estimate per youth is $2.3 to $2.3 million.”
In today's terms this is estimated to be $3 million spent per youth for a lifetime of crime and incarceration. If RTF had that same $3 million, it would be able to positively impact 40,000 youth over a ten-year period. (This is based on the tuition cost of only $100 per program per youth.) Surveys of Detention Staff report that these programs have resulted in a reduction in recidivism of 25%, which for 40,000 RTF program participants would equal 10,000 youth potentially saved from a life of crime.
Please visit Release the Fear’s new space at Grace Chapel, 302 W. Monroe, in the downtown Phoenix Arts District.
Release the Fear, Inc.
P.O. Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030