The California Society of CPAs has signed on as one of the sponsors of a statewide media campaign that aims to raise awareness of the opportunity for California taxpayers to make a charitable gift while completing their state tax returns.

California is one of 41 states that allow taxpayers to make a voluntary, tax-deductible contribution in the “Contributions” section of their state tax form. Since 1984, California’s tax check-off program has raised more than $89 million and provided funding for a range of public health, social service and environmental preservation programs.

The annual campaign, dubbed Checkoff California, is now in its fourth year. Media partners include the Northern California Broadcasters Association, Southern California Broadcasters Association and the San Diego Radio Broadcasters Association.

The funds participating in the Checkoff California campaign are the Alzheimer’s Disease/Related Disorders Fund, the California Breast Cancer Research Fund, the California Firefighters’ Memorial Fund, the California Military Family Relief Fund, the California Fund for Senior Citizens, the California Sea Otter Fund, the California State Children's Trust Fund for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program, the Emergency Food Assistance Program Fund, and the ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease Research Fund.

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