Recognizing the significant role of donors in the Genacross mission
At Genacross Lutheran Services, we consider donors to be our partners in ministry. Your continued support makes it possible not only to serve as many as 3,600 people each year but also to continue seeking new ways to serve in the future.
We take our responsibility to donors very seriously and strive to remain good stewards of the resources with which we have been trusted. Our relationships with donors are important and we are committed to honoring our responsibility by being open and accountable at all times, and by developing meaningful relationships that reflect the desires of each donor.
Why do donors give?
Many donors are moved to honor a deep-felt connection with Genacross. In many cases, the donor received care at a Genacross community. In other cases, a friend or family member received care or was helped by one of our programs or services. Because of these personal connections, donors have seen the value of the Genacross ministry and want to participate with us in transforming lives.
Following are just a few of the many heartfelt letters we have received:
“Please find a check enclosed in memory of my father to [Genacross] Family & Youth. He was born in Toledo. Due to the depression, he was placed in the Lutheran Children’s Home in east Toledo at the age of 5 where he lived for seven years. It was dad’s wish, upon his passing, that a portion of his estate be given to the [Genacross] Family & Youth Ministry. Dad shared a biography he wrote with my eight brothers and sisters that said it was very important to share his experiences with us since, ‘My life at the orphanage shaped me into the man I am today.’ He was able to share with us throughout his life the wonderful values he learned while at the Home. We honor LHS and our Dad through this donation.”
“Please find the enclosed donation in memory of my sister who was a resident of the [Genacross Lutheran Services] Wolf Creek extended care facility. She originally had an apartment at the residences next to the Wolf Creek facility. When she couldn’t take care of herself anymore, she was admitted to the extended care nursing facility. Thank you for all of the love and care shown to her. She was so thankful she was in that extended care.”
“This gift is in appreciation for the years of service and care you gave to my mother and father. My brothers and sister found that we could not care for them at home; there were too many health issues that we did not have the resources to address. Please pass on to all the caregivers, nurses, and so many other staff members our thank you that our parents’ needs were addressed in such a professional and caring manner. We owe all of you so much. You are our unsung heroes.”
Annual Donor Appreciation Dinner
Each year, Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation holds a Donor Appreciation Dinner on the first Thursday in October. This occasion is a way to thank those who currently support the mission and ministry of Genacross and to thank those who have established a planned gift to ensure long-term continuance of our mission.
Each year since 2010, approximately 175 donors have gathered at Parkway Place in Maumee to celebrate those who make it possible for Genacross’ ministries to continue assisting care recipients and residents. Attendees enjoy hearing the testimonials of speakers whose lives have been touched by Genacross through their generosity.
Expenses for this event are generously underwritten by corporate and individual sponsors including: Bugbee & Conkle LLP; Hylant, Marshall & Melhorn LLC; Lee and Jan Odegaard; OneCare Rx LLC; Plante Moran PLLC; Rolf Goffman Martin Lang Co. LLP; Signature Bank; and The Trust Company of Toledo.
Donor Appreciation Luncheons
In 2015, the Foundation began sponsoring Donor Appreciation Luncheons in March and April for donors who support a particular ministry and those who give to the general fund. These luncheons provide an opportunity for donors to speak with Genacross leadership and fellow donors, as well as to hear the latest news and future plans for the organization.
Thanksgiving and Christmas Cards
Each year, donors receive Thanksgiving and Christmas cards featuring artwork created by youth receiving care and treatment through the Genacross Family & Youth Services ministry. This ministry provides residential services, care, and treatment to children and youth ages 6 to 21 who are considered high-risk as a result of social, behavioral, and learning issues.
Acknowledgement of Gifts
The Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation sends an acknowledgement of each gift within 48 hours of receipt. In addition, each donor receives a copy of our monthly publication, God at Work in Our Midst, which includes personal stories of residents whose lives have been impacted by our ministry.
Donors are also recognized in our special event programs and other publications. Our newsletter, The Friend, includes a listing of each donor who has made a gift during the quarter preceding publication, and our Annual Report includes a list of all donors for that year.
Tours of Genacross facilities are available to any donor or potential donor who would like to see how their gifts are being used. Donors who have participated in tours often remark that they “never knew what took place” in a particular building or program. Many also note that the tour gives them a new perspective on the many services being offered and strengthens their resolve to continue supporting the mission of Genacross Lutheran Services.
If you would like to schedule a personal donor tour of any Genacross facility, call 419.861.4964 .