Illinois taxpayers can support any of several charitable funds by making tax checkoff contributions on their personal income tax returns. The tax checkoff options for Tax Year 2007 are:
- Wildlife Preservation Fund - Survival of Illinois’ native plants and animals is an ever-growing challenge as important habitats are lost or degraded. Your contribution will pay for projects to help restore and manage habitats, monitor rare species, conduct research to help plan the recovery of endangered species, and educate Illinoisans about the values of our native species.
- Child Abuse Prevention Fund - Last year the DCFS hotline received over 250,000 calls to report suspected child abuse. Your contribution will support programs in your community designed to help strengthen families to prevent abuse of their children.
- Alzheimer’s Disease Research Fund - An estimated 210,000 Illinois residents suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Grants from this fund will help support important research to find a cure and treatment for this progressive and fatal brain disorder that is the fifth leading cause of death in Illinois for people 65 and older.
- Assistance to the Homeless Fund - Your contribution supports local agencies that provide shelter, meals, and services needed by homeless families and individuals. The assistance given by the local not-for-profit organizations enables homeless people to regain residence in the community and maintain their independence.
- Penny Severns Breast, Cervical, and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund - Breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers account for more than one-third of all cancers diagnosed in Illinois. Your contribution will help support research to find ways to prevent these cancers, as well as improve early detection and treatment.
- Multiple Sclerosis Assistance Fund - Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that generally strikes people between the ages of 20 and 50. Your donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Assistance Fund will help fund research and treatment and provide hope for thousands of individuals with MS and their families.
- Military Family Relief Fund - Thousands of members of the Illinois National Guard and reserves have been called to active duty since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Your contribution will help guard members, reservists, and members of their families defray expenses that become difficult to afford when a wage-earner temporarily leaves civilian employment for active military duty or is injured while performing such duty.
- Illinois Veterans’ Home Fund - More than 1,000 veterans and their spouses call one of the four Illinois Veterans’ Homes “home.” Contributions to this fund will be used to purchase supplies and equipment that will be used to enhance the lives of the residents and to enhance the operations of the homes.
- Diabetes Research Fund - Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of people and their families. An estimated 778,000 Illinois residents have diagnosed diabetes. The American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will use your contribution to support scientific research on the causes and treatment of diabetes.
- Autoimmune Disease Research Fund - There are more than 80 autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Graves’ disease, and scleroderma, which force your body’s immune system to attack itself by mistake. Your donations will provide grants to public and private organizations to research the treatment and cure of these diseases, which impact 5 to 8 percent of the population.
- Lung Cancer Research Fund - Lung cancer is the third most prevalent form of cancer in Illinois. Contributions to this fund will support research grants to public and private not-for-profit entities to study methods of preventing lung cancer and finding better ways to treat it.