The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is a 501(c)3 charity. When a loved one with Alzheimer's passes away, you can request that family and friends make a donation to the AAQI in lieu of flowers. Their gift will help raise awareness of this awful disease and help fund research to find a cure for it. Donations may be tax deductible; ask your tax preparer.
When her father passed away, long time supporter Barb Vlack created a flyer and pre-addressed envelopes and made them available to mourners. She wrote:
From Barb Vlack, daughter of Bertram Hanson:
I have been supporting this program for raising funds for Alzheimer’s research since its inception in 2006. Its founder is a colleague of mine, who also travels nationally to teach quilt making. She founded this foundation to fund research to understand and cure Alzheimer’s disease because her mother died of the disease.
Their full financial report is available on their web site. I am impressed that the administrative expenses for this foundation are minimized by donations and volunteer service, including the executive director. They fund their own grants for Alzheimer’s research. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Both of my parents have died from this disease, so I support this group with testimonials, donations of money and the making of Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts to auction in the hope that someday a cure might be found.
If this group meets your criteria for a memorial donation, I truly thank you for your support.