Giving options designed to meet your needs and goals
There are many ways to join Genacross Lutheran Services in our ministry of service. The options outlined on this page are designed to help you meet your charitable goals as well as structure your donation in a way that best suits your personal situation.
For more information about any of these options, please contact us at 419.861.4964 or use our contact form.
Restricted gifts are those designated for the benefit of a specific ministry or service. Donations made to Genacross Lutheran Services are directed in full to the ministry — or ministries — you choose. All overhead costs associated with fundraising are covered by the Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation so that no part of your gift is used for administrative services.
Gifts can be made to any Genacross ministry. In addition, you may stipulate that your gift be used for a specific purpose. For example, you may make a gift to Genacross Lutheran Services Toledo and also earmark it “to be used for the residents’ social hour.”
Unrestricted gifts are those that are made to the General Fund or “where most needed.” These gifts can be used for items and programs as needed by the six ministries of Genacross. Dollars are disbursed from this fund with the approval of the Genacross Board of Directors.
Special Purpose Funds
Donors may choose to give to one or more Genacross Special Purpose Funds. These funds provide financial support for specific programs or needs as designated by the donor. Following are the Special Funds currently maintained by Genacross:
Mission Integration Fund
Gifts to this fund support the areas of community support, Foundation fundraising and development, marketing and public relations, spiritual care and chaplaincy in the promotion of the organization’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.
Resident Assistance Fund
This fund supports low-income Genacross housing residents and community-based clients who have special, immediate financial needs. These needs include assistance with uninsured major medical expenses, food, or other basic necessities such as rent and utility bills.
Resident Scholarship Fund
This fund helps to support the continuing education needs of residents who want to attend workshops, seminars, or other formal courses onsite or at local organizations, community colleges, or universities. Residents who are interested in such funding should contact the Foundation office.
Staff Benevolence Fund
This fund assists Genacross Lutheran Services staff and immediate family members to cover some of the immediate financial needs associated with emergencies such as loss from sudden unexpected catastrophic events including fire, flood or other natural disaster, or the accidental or sudden death of an immediate loved one.
Carl Klein, Jr. Site Development Fund
This fund covers the expenses associated with due diligence in regard to proposed new projects, including:
- Initial market studies to assess the viability of the intended project
- Architectural, surveyor, and legal fees associated with possible facility development
- Development of infrastructure and site needs
- Other expenses associated with the development of new facilities
Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation supports many special funds. For a full list, contact the Foundation office at 419.861.4964.
Donors may choose to designate that their gift be added to a special purpose endowment fund. Currently, the following endowment funds are available for donor-designated contributions:
Youth Assistance Endowment
This endowment was established through a challenge gift from two anonymous donors. The gifts to this fund are matched dollar-for-dollar until $30,000 has been reached and maintained in the fund. The purpose of this fund is to help youth remain in Family & Youth Services care when expenses and/or shortfalls of payments threaten their removal from care.
Findlay Youth Tutoring Endowment
This fund was established with a gift from Jim and Celia Findlay. Gifts to this fund provide essential support to youth involved in the Family & Youth Services ministry program who have special learning needs. Assistance includes one-on-one tutoring, as well as necessary special learning equipment and materials for their ongoing progress.
R.A. & F.D. Stranahan Endowment for Youth
In 1990, The Stranahan Foundation provided a $1 million gift to Lutheran Homes Society paid over five years at $200,000 per year. The endowment was originally gifted to the Lutheran Orphans’ and Old Folks Home Society of Toledo, Ohio, Inc., with the primary objective of funding capital needs of the Family & Youth ministry.
Staff Benevolence Fund
A Staff Benevolence Fund Endowment has been established through a generous donation from Dave and Pam Roberts that provides additional annual funding for the Staff Benevolence Fund. Distributions from the endowment are made available to the Staff Benevolence Fund totaling 5% of the endowment fund’s fair-market value at the end of the calendar year. Undistributed funds for the calendar year will be maintained as part of the corpus of the endowment fund.
Bunge Scholarship Endowment
This fund provides scholarships to Family & Youth resident youth who are high school seniors and desire to pursue higher education. This scholarship was named for Arnold F. Bunge Sr., who lived in the Lutheran Orphans’ Home from 1901-19 and later became an attorney.
Youngbauer Family & Youth Operating Endowment
This fund helps to underwrite current operational expenses for the Family & Youth Services ministry. It also supports four annual scholarships to high school students preparing for social service careers (social work, education, ministry, medicine, etc.). Through an agreement with the donor family, the annual awards are presented to students at four specific high schools. The schools are located in the east Toledo area where the Genacross Lutheran Services ministry has a presence: Cardinal Stritch, Clay, Lake, and Anthony Wayne high schools. Genacross Foundation representatives present these scholarships and an engraved memento to students during spring award assemblies. The fund was named for Lawrence and Adele Youngbauer. Lawrence was raised in the Lutheran Orphans’ Home as a child and, in appreciation for the care he received, he bequeathed funds to the LHS Foundation in 1992.
For more information about any of these endowment funds, please call us at 419.861.4964 or use our contact form.
Gift planning provides a way to create a legacy for yourself and your family members. Determining which gift plan is right for you is just as important as making the gift. There are many options from which to choose. The correct plan for you balances what you wish to accomplish for yourself, your family, and your charitable interests in your overall estate and financial plans. Our downloadable Planned Giving Guide provides general information about how to make a meaningful charitable gift while also enhancing your — and your family’s — future well-being.
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For more information about making a planned gift to Genacross Lutheran Services, please call us at 419.861.4964 or use our contact form.