"Do You Want $3 to Go to a National Respite Program?"

Denise

"Do You Want $3 to Go to a National Respite Program?"

Denise
When you file your taxes, you answer this question:

Do you want $3 of your federal tax to go to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund?

What if, when we file our taxes, we also answered this question:

Do you want $3 of your federal tax to go to the National Caregiving Respite Fund?

Selecting "yes" means your $3 goes to a fund that pays for help so that those who care for a family member can take a break, can manage a crisis, can get extra help during a particularly intense time, can receive a scholarship to attend the National Caregiving Conference.

If this happened, a little bit of money from individuals becomes a whole lot of help for family caregivers. The fund could be managed by a combination of a non-profit organization and a financial planning firm with oversight from family caregivers and former family caregivers. If only 1% of the 77 million individuals who file taxes contributes, we would have $2,310,000. We also would have buying buyer to negotiate rates with home health agencies and long-term care facilities. The availability of funding could increase the number of adult day services and perhaps inspire the creation of innovative programs we've never considered. Perhaps our CareGifters program, which sends $500 to a family caregiver in need, could be the inspiration that creates something quite remarkable.

About three years ago, I wrote about piece called "Where's Our WPA for Caregiving?" What if our $3 contribution solved problems for family caregivers, sparked economic development in our communities and kept family caregivers working?

Wouldn't that be awesome?

What do you think?