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Department of Taxation and Finance

Voluntary contributions

If you file a personal income tax return, you may make voluntary contributions to the funds listed below by completing Form IT-227, New York State Voluntary Contributions, and submitting it with your return.

If you file a general business corporation or New York S corporation franchise tax return, you may make voluntary contributions to certain funds listed below by completing Form CT-227, New York State Voluntary Contributions, and submitting it with your return.

For a detailed description of each fund, select the title of the fund below.

Before making a voluntary contribution, take note of the following:

  • Your contribution(s) will reduce your refund or increase your tax payment.
  • You cannot change the amount(s) you give after you file your return.
  • Not all funds are available for corporation tax return filers (noted in the detailed fund descriptions).
  • You cannot contribute to a fund prior to the year it was established.

List of funds

Fund description: Your contribution will benefit New York's fish, wildlife, and marine resources, and you can receive a free issue of Conservationist magazine. Call 1 800 678-6399 for your free sample issue. For additional information, visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Return types: You can contribute to this fund with personal income tax and corporation tax returns.

Year established: 1983

Fund description: Each year over 20,000 children are reported missing in New York State. Your contribution will benefit the New York State MECC (part of the Missing Persons Clearinghouse). This organization works with police agencies and parents to locate missing children and to promote child safety through education. Contributions are used to distribute educational materials, disseminate missing child alerts, and conduct investigative training for police officers. For additional information about services and free safety publications, visit the New York State Missing Persons Clearinghouse or call 1 800 FIND-KID (346-3543).

Return types: You can only contribute to this fund with personal income tax returns.

Year established: 1997

Fund description: Your contribution will support ground-breaking research and education in New York State to prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer. Help make breast cancer a disease of the past. New York State will match your contribution to the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund, dollar for dollar. For additional information, visit the New York State Department of Health at Breast Cancer Research & Education.

Return types: You can contribute to this fund with personal income tax and corporation tax returns.

Year established: 1996

Fund description: Contributions to this fund support services provided by the Alzheimer's Disease Program administered by the New York State Department of Health. This program is designed to provide education, counseling, respite, support groups, and other supportive services to people with Alzheimer's disease, their families, caregivers, and health care professionals.

Return types: You can only contribute to this fund with personal income tax returns.

Year established: 2000

Fund description: Contributions to this fund help support the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. The $16 million complex is one of just three U.S. Olympic training centers in the United States. The center is used primarily by U.S. athletes who are training to compete in future winter and summer Olympic and Paralympic sports. Individual contributions must be $2. If you are married filing jointly and your spouse also wants to contribute, enter $4.

Return types: You can only contribute to this fund with personal income tax returns.

Year established: 1996

Fund description: Your contribution will advance prostate and testicular cancer research, support programs and education projects in New York State. New York State will match contributions to the Prostate and Testicular Cancer Research and Education Fund, dollar for dollar.

Return types: You can contribute to this fund with personal income tax and corporation tax returns.

Year established: 2004

Fund description: Your contribution will help sustain the National September 11 Memorial & Museum that commemorates and honors the thousands of people who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. The Memorial and Museum recognizes the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their lives to save others, and the compassion of all who supported us in our darkest hours. Help New York State, the nation, and the world remember by making a contribution. For additional information, visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Return types: You can contribute to this fund with personal income tax and corporation tax returns.

Year established: 2005

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will help recruit and retain the men and women who make up our volunteer fire and volunteer emergency medical services units. Volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical services personnel are crucial to the effective operation of a municipality and for the safety and well-being of the citizens of this state. Volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical services personnel provide invaluable benefits to their local communities. Despite their importance, the number of volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical services personnel has declined significantly over the past few years. For additional information, visit the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control or call (518) 474-6746.

Return types: You can contribute to this fund with personal income tax and corporation tax returns.

Year established: 2010

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be used to supplement educational programs in schools for awareness of health issues facing teens today. These issues include health programs with an established curriculum providing instruction on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse prevention, teen obesity, and teen endometriosis.

Return types: You can only contribute to this fund with personal income tax returns.

Year established: 2013

Fund description: Your contribution will help provide for the perpetual care of state veterans cemeteries. Contributions will be used for the purchase, leasing, and improvement of land for veterans cemeteries, the purchase and leasing of equipment and other materials needed for the maintenance of cemeteries, and other associated costs.

Return types: You can contribute to this fund with personal income tax and corporation tax returns.

Year established: 2013

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be used to assist in providing homeless veterans in New York with assistance and care with housing and housing-related expenses. The New York State Department of Veterans Affairs will oversee the collection and distribution of amounts in the fund.

Return types: You can only contribute to this fund with personal income tax returns.

Year established: 2015

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be used by the New York State Office of Mental Health to provide grants to organizations dedicated to eliminating the stigma of mental illness and helping people access care. In America, one in five adults, as well as one in five children age 13 to 18, live with a mental illness, yet many do not access the care they need. The stigma of mental illness is often cited as one of the largest barriers to treatment. For additional information, visit the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Return types: You can only contribute to this fund with personal income tax returns.

Year established: 2015

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be used for grants for women’s cancers education and prevention programs that have been approved by the New York State Department of Health. High risk women’s cancers include cervical, endometrial, gestational trophoblastic tumors, ovarian, uterine sarcoma, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. Increased education and early detection can help women become more aware of symptoms and seek timely medical attention. For additional information about cancer, visit the New York State Department of Health.

Return types: You can contribute to this fund with personal income tax and corporation tax returns.

Year established: 2015

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be expended only for autism awareness projects or autism research projects approved by the New York State Department of Health. Autism research projects include scientific research, and autism awareness projects include projects aimed toward educating the general public about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of autism.

Return types: You can only contribute to this fund with personal income tax returns.

Year established: 2016

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be used for the care and maintenance of certain veterans’ homes in New York. Monies on deposit in the fund will be disbursed equally each fiscal year to the following facilities: The State Home for Veterans and Their Dependents at Oxford; The State Home for Veterans in the City of New York (St. Albans); The State Home for Veterans at Batavia; the State Home for Veterans at Montrose; and The Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University. Either the Commissioner of Health or the Commissioner of Education shall approve and certify expenditures from the fund. 

Return types: You can contribute to this fund with personal income tax and corporation tax returns.

Year established: 2017

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be used for the purposes of providing funding for the statewide summer reading program established under New York State Education Law. The New York State Department of Education will oversee the collection and distribution of amounts in the fund. 

Return types: You can contribute to this fund with personal income tax and corporation tax returns.

Year established: 2018

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be used to assist in supporting Lupus education and prevention programs, including grants, which are approved by the Department of Health. Monies on deposit in the fund will be disbursed each fiscal year for programs that support lupus education, prevention, and awareness. The Commissioner of Health will approve and certify expenditures from the fund. 

Return types: You can contribute to this fund with personal income tax and corporation tax returns.

Year established: 2018

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be used to provide assistance to military families for housing, clothing, food, medical services, utilities, or any other related necessity of daily living. The New York State Director of Veteran's Affairs will establish criteria for determining who is eligible to receive assistance from this fund.

Return types: You can contribute to this fund with personal income tax and corporation tax returns.

Year established: 2018

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be used for the purposes of design and construction of facilities at the City University of New York.

Return types: You can only contribute to this fund with personal income tax returns.

Year established: 2018

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be used for organ transplant research and education projects that have been approved by the New York State Commissioner of Health. Contributions to this fund will also be used to provide grants to not-for-profit corporations in New York which are incorporated for increasing and promoting organ and tissue donation awareness, and to support the maintenance and operation of the donate life registry in accordance with the New York Public Health Law.

Return types: You can only contribute to this fund with personal income tax returns.

Year established: 2019

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be used to provide grants to the Greater New York ALS Association and the ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter for research and education projects, provided however that such contributions will only be used to support the Greater New York ALS Association's ALSA Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence or otherwise in support of the Greater New York ALS Association's work in New York. For additional information, visit the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter.

Return types: You can contribute to this fund with personal income tax and corporation tax returns.

Year established: 2019

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be used for expansion of medical services at existing school-based health centers. The New York State Commissioner of Heath will oversee the collection and distribution of amounts in the fund.

Return types: You can only contribute to this fund with personal income tax returns.

Year established: 2019

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will, after appropriation by the legislature, be used for grants to regional food banks.  The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance will approve the distribution of funds to food banks.  Food banks are organized to serve specific regions of the state and collect and redistribute food donations to organizations that serve persons in need.

Return types: You can only contribute to this fund with personal income tax returns.

Year established: 2019

Fund description: Contributions to this fund will be used to support the New York State Council on the Arts.  For additional information on the Council on the Arts, please visit the New York State Council on the Arts.

Return types: You can only contribute to this fund with personal income tax returns.

Year established: 2019

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