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Donations - FAQ's
1. What is the mission and goal of this organization?
2. Why should I contribute time, energy or money to this program?
3. How is this program different from other programs?
4. What has changed at BASES?
5. Who are the staff and board of this program?
6. What is the organization’s history?
7. How can I make donations?
8. What are the available options for gifting to this organization?

1. Q: What is the mission and goal of this organization?
  A: BASES is dedicated to providing a drug free environment for young people, their families and adults. We provide substance abuse prevention, education, early intervention and treatment services. We have expertise in working with high risk youth and low-income individuals and families.
2. Q: Why should I contribute time, energy or money to this program?
  A: Adolescent substance abuse has the ability to steal the future. For every $1 spent on substance abuse treatment, we save $13 in healthcare costs. For every $1 spent on substance abuse treatment, there is $7 saved in legal expenses. Investing time, energy, and money in our young people to intervene on substance abuse problems is a wise long term investment.
3. Q: How is this program different from other programs?
  A: BASES was founded by Scott and Celia Kelly in 1993 to address the gaps in services for young people in Northwest lower Michigan. Most staff at BASES are in long-term recovery themselves. BASES approach involves research-based and proven methods that have been effective in working with substance use disorders. We utilize a developmental model of recovery and approach addiction as a brain illness that needs to be addressed on a bio-psycho-social level.
4. Q: What has changed at BASES?
  A: We have had a significant transformation in the past two years. We are now CARF accredited and part of the Northern Michigan Regional Entity (NMRE) provider panel which allows us to provide substance use disorder treatment services on an outpatient basis for both adolescents and adults. We have refocused our approach to meet the local needs of our community by significantly expanding our adult services. We now have four adult groups available each week during late morning hours on Monday and Wednesday and evening hours on Tuesday and Thursday. We have also expanded our license to be able to provide services at Harbor Springs High School, Boyne City High School, Boyne City Alternative School and at the Rural Health Center on Beaver Island. These school expansions allow us to continue our focus with teens and adolescents to work toward an early intervention approach for the positive long-term benefits of our communities. We have expanded our drug testing services to include randomized testing, business and employment related testing, instant tests, urine-based lab tests and our standard drug testing includes a 10 panel test that helps to address the opiate crisis that we are currently experiencing. If your local group would like to learn more about these exciting changes as BASES grows and evolves to better meet the needs of our community, we would be happy to schedule a free presentation for your group by calling us at 231-547-1144.
5. Q: Who are the staff and board of this program?
  A: http://www.basesteencenter.org/staff.html
6. Q: What is the organization’s history?
  A: Founded in 1993 and initially operating as a home-based business by Scott and Celia Kelly, Scott combined the Charlevoix Teen Center facility and the BASES program in 1997 when BASES purchased the building so the Teen Center could continue. BASES is housed in a 5,000 square foot building that has since been renovated, inside and out from 1998-2007, and the mortgage has been paid off leaving BASES, Inc. debt free since 2005.
7. Q: How can I make donations?
  A: Donations can be made with a credit card or by using PayPal through our website, sending in a donation check made payable to BASES, or BASES can convert stocks and bonds into a cash donation. BASES is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation. BASES, Inc. has a Michigan License to solicit charitable contributions and conducts an independent financial audit or review by a certified public accountant each year.
8. Q: What are the available options for gifting to this organization?
  A: Gifts to BASES can take the form of cash donations and stocks or bonds. BASES also has a non-endowed account and an endowment fund account at the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Contributions can be made directly to the BASES account at the Community Foundation while receiving available tax credit through the foundation. Additional options for making financial gifts can be arranged by contacting the BASES Executive Director.