We offer many ways to help us in the pursuit of our mission. Options range from immediate online giving to planned giving that will help older adults of future generations. In many cases, you can designate your gift to benefit a specific campus, program, or campaign, such as our current Generation of Growth initiative.
Methods of support include cash, checks, stocks, bonds, or marketable securities. Donations are tax-deductible.
For more information about how you can help, contact Tim Imler, executive director of the Lutheran Life Villages Foundation, at (260) 447-1591, ext. 2149, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Benevolence Fund helps bridge the gap between our private pay rates and Medicaid reimbursement rates, including any payment gaps during the transition between a resident’s private pay and Medicaid status. We currently provide approximately $2.6 million in patient care every year for which we receive no compensation. Over the past 10 years, we’ve provided more than $20 million in care for which we weren’t reimbursed.
A donation to our endowment fund is a gift that “keeps on giving.” Your gift will be permanently held, and only the income and growth of the funds will be used for our programs and services. As a rule of thumb, if you donate $100 every month, you could give $24,000 and provide the Lutheran Life Villages Foundation with $100 every month in perpetuity (assuming a 5-percent growth and income rate).
Planned giving includes gifts to the foundation in your will, estate, charitable trust, charitable gift annuity, life insurance policy, etc.
Wills and bequests—Gifts in wills have been one of the most popular gifts in the history of Lutheran Life Villages. Bequests are the culmination of your life interests and ensure that your charitable preferences are fulfilled. You can include us for a specific amount, for a percentage of your estate, or for the residue (amounts not designated elsewhere) of your estate. Please contact us for more information or talk with an attorney trained in estate planning.
Charitable gift annuities—A charitable gift annuity is a great way to earn a lifetime annual income on your gift to Lutheran Life Villages. You transfer cash, marketable securities, or real estate to us, and you’ll receive an immediate tax deduction. Then, you’ll receive a fixed annual payment that’s independent of changes in interest rates and the stock market.
Memorials and Honor Gifts
Many people choose to use their gifts to honor or remember family members or friends. If requested, our staff will compose a letter to the family of the person honored or remembered through your donation.
Many companies match the donations made by their employees and retirees to nonprofit organizations. Call us if you’re unsure if your company matches gifts. Here are a few local employers that do match gifts:
Employee Giving and Payroll Deductions
Now it’s easier than ever for employees to support Lutheran Life Villages through our payroll-deduction option. You can choose a one-time gift or a gift that will be automatically deducted from your paycheck on a regular basis. We simply transfer the amount from your paycheck to the designated program or activity. Last year, employees committed $30,946.63 to benefit our residents.
People often donate items—books, furniture, clothing—that are given to our residents or sold during special fundraising events. In-kind gifts are also tax-deductible. Don’t forget to ask us for the proper tax paperwork when you donate. If you have any questions about items to donate, just give us a call.
Click here to download a printable in-kind donation receipt.
Our Giving Groups
Your generosity entitles you to membership in one of our exclusive giving groups. You can also support the work of our auxiliaries.
The Bequest Society is an honor group for friends of Lutheran Life Villages who have included us in their wills or other estate plans. The Bequest Society membership includes an exclusive pin and annual luncheon.
Annual Giving Club
Donors who support Lutheran Life Villages with $1,000 and above each year receive membership in the Annual Giving Club that includes a special gift and annual luncheon.
Lifetime Giving Club
Donors who support Lutheran Life Villages with $25,000 or more during their lifetimes receive membership in the Lifetime Giving Club that includes a special gift and an annual dinner.
A vital part of Lutheran Life Villages, our auxiliaries in Fort Wayne and Kendallville are dedicated to improving the lives of our residents. Auxiliary members volunteer countless hours to help make Lutheran Life Villages a real home for our residents. They also raise money every year to support our activities and programs. Become a member and support an annual event today!
Again, if you have any questions about your giving options, contact Tim Imler, executive director of the Lutheran Life Villages Foundation, at (260) 447-1591, ext. 2149, or email@example.com.