Shae Ruark Memorial Endowment

The Child Advocacy Center board of directors established the “Shae Ruark Memorial Endowment Fund” in 2007 in memory of the agency’s first development director. We have committed to growing “Shae’s Fund” on an annual basis, knowing how important the fund is to our future operating needs. Likewise, your gift to this fund today will ensure our sustainable future tomorrow.

Missouri "Champion For Children" Tax Credits

Champion for Children tax credits are named in honor of former Senator Norma Champion who introduced the original bill in 2006. By contributing to the Child Advocacy Center, you can help fund our children’s services and receive a tax credit of up to 50 percent of your contribution. This is a flexible credit that will vary from year to year. In 2016, donors received a 30 percent credit.

The process is simple. Donate a minimum of $100 (cash, check or credit card) to the Child Advocacy Center. We will send you a simple form that you complete and save with the letter we send. Claim your tax credit in the year in which your donation is made by including the Champion for Children tax credit form with your Missouri tax return. You must file your return by the normal filing deadline (April 15 of the following year).

Note: Tax benefits differ if using Alternative Minimum Tax. In addition, out-of-pocket costs can vary, depending on your individual bracket. Consult your tax advisor with specific questions about your individual tax liability. For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Revenue Tax Bureau, or (573) 522-6864 (individual) or (573) 751-4541 (business).

CFC tax benefit example (based on a 50 percent credit and an individual in the 28 percent tax bracket):

Item Amount
$1,000 Cash Gift
Missouri CFC Tax Credit (50 percent of gift)
- $500
Federal Income Tax Deduction (28 percent bracket)
- $280
State Income Tax Deduction (6 percent bracket)
- $60
Net Cost to Donor

“Cents of Hope” Monthly Giving Program

There is no easier way to support the CAC than giving monthly through “Cents of Hope.” This program offers two donor options – electronic fund transfer or credit card authorization. Once you sign up, your gift automatically supports the CAC on a monthly basis. You can leave the program or adjust the amount you donate at any time by calling the Development Office.


Gifts to “Cents of Hope” typically support our annual campaign unless you specify another designation. Click here to print the Child Advocacy Center “Cents of Hope” form. If you are supporting the Child Advocacy Center South Central in West Plains, print the “Cents of Hope SC” form.