Below are some frequently asked questions about donating to OAR:

  • Why should I donate to OAR?
    • OAR, founded in 1974, supports men and women returning to the community after incarceration and offers alternative sentencing options to youth and adults through community service. OAR’s programs make our community safer and stronger. OAR has a Platinum level seal on Guidestar.com, indicating the highest level of transparency and integrity. OAR has also been named as “One of the Best” nonprofit organizations in the DC area by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. By supporting OAR, you are supporting second and fair chances for all.
  • How will my donation be used by OAR?
    • Visit the Make a Donationpage on our website to learn how your gift may be used by OAR.
  • To whom should I make my check payable?
    • Checks should be made payable to OAR.
  • What is the address to mail my donation?
    • OAR, 1400 N. Uhle St, Suite #704, Arlington, VA 22201
  • How do I make a donation in honor or memory of someone?
    • Using our online donation form, you can dedicate a gift in honor or memory of someone. In the “Message or Comments” section, simply mention that your donation is in honor or memory of (name) and any other additional information you would like to include. If you’d like to dedicate a donation by mail using a check or credit card, include a note with your check and mail your check to: OAR, 1400 N. Uhle St, Suite #704, Arlington, VA 22201.
  • Is the family notified of my donation?
    • Yes, the person (or the family of the person) you made the contribution in memory or honor of will be sent a letter from OAR to let them know that you made a donation in memory/honor of them. The letter will not indicate the amount of your gift. Please share the person’s mailing address with us so we may notify them of your gift.
  • How can I set up a planned gift or bequest?
    • We would love to talk with you more about this opportunity. Please contact Heather Pritchett at hpritchett@oaronline.org or 703-228-7435 to discuss.
  • Can I make monthly, automatic donations to OAR?
    • Yes, you can pledge to give a specific monthly donation by credit card in any amount you are comfortable with. To set up a monthly gift, use our online form and choose “monthly” as the frequency option for your donation amount.
  • If I make a monthly donation, when will my credit card be charged?
    • Your credit card will be charged on the date that you submit the donation online. If you want the donations to begin on a different date, you can change the “Start Date” on the online donation form. Your card will then be charged the same day of the month each month moving forward.
  • Will I receive verification of my donations for tax purposes?
    • Yes, whether you donate once or on a monthly basis, you will receive a letter from OAR as a tax receipt for your gift. Additionally, at the start of each calendar year, we will mail you a letter listing your total donations for the prior calendar year.
  • Once I’ve made an online gift, how can I make changes to my account, i.e. change amount, change my credit card number?
    • If you wish to make any changes to your account at any time, please contact Heather Pritchett at hpritchett@oaronline.org or 703-228-7435. All sensitive information will be kept confidential. Unfortunately, at this time there is no way for you to update the information yourself online.
  • What if I need to stop giving? Can I stop whenever I want?
    • You can stop your recurring gifts at any point. Please contact Heather Pritchett at hpritchett@oaronline.org  or 703-228-7435. Your cancellation would take place the same month, or the following month, depending upon when we receive your notice.
  • Can I help collect funds for OAR?
    • Yes, there are many ways you can support OAR, such as hosting a donation drive to collect gift cards, Metro fare cards, backpacks and bags, office supplies, toiletries, and more. If interested in conducting a collection like this, please contact Heather Pritchett at hpritchett@oaronline.org or 703-228-7435 to find out OAR’s greatest needs at the time.
  • Is OAR a tax-exempt organization?
    • Yes, OAR is a community-based, 501 C (3) nonprofit organization and is tax-exempt.
  • Is my donation tax deductible?
    • Yes, all donations to OAR are tax deductible, including in-kind (non-cash) donations.
  • What is OAR’s tax ID number?
    • 54-1024562