Gifts can be made in a variety of ways

While many gifts are made as designated or undesignated gifts of cash, donors may contribute to the ministry of Genacross Lutheran Services in a wide variety of ways. This page outlines some of the ways that may be of interest to you.

For more information about any of these giving opportunities, please call us at 419.861.4965 or use our contact form.

  • Honor or Memorial Gifts

    Gifts may be made in honor or memory of a family member, a friend or loved one, or even a staff member who made a difference. Gifts may also be made to recognize a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, graduation, birth, marriage, or any other event you would like to recognize. To make an honor or memorial gift, simply indicate your wishes when sending your donation or when using our online donation form.

  • Monthly Giving

    Monthly giving provides a way for donors to give on a consistent, ongoing basis with a predictable schedule. Designated or undesignated gifts may be made by sending a monthly check or by having your gift automatically transferred from an account. You may set up a monthly donation through our online donation form by indicating that your gift will be recurring. Or, simply contact the Foundation office at 419.861.4965 to make arrangements.

  • Genacross Employee Payroll Deduction Program
    Employees of Genacross Lutheran Services may choose to donate through payroll deduction. At each payroll, the amount you designate will be deducted from your check. You may designate your gift to one or more ministries.

    While staff members may sign up for this program at any time, in March of each year the Foundation conducts a charitable gifts employee payroll deduction appeal that provides an opportunity for staff to give to the ministries of Genacross. Staff members can designate any amount they would like to have deducted. Some employees choose $1 per payroll, while some give as much as $100. Whatever amount the staff member feels comfortable in giving is appreciated.

    To participate, contact your human resource manager or simply download the Employee Payroll Deduction Form below and return it to Anne Biel at the Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation.

    Employee Payroll Deduction Form | Download PDF

  • Corporate Matching Gifts

    Some businesses and organizations will match charitable gifts given by their employees. Please contact your designated corporate representative to inquire about this program at your company.

  • Choice Dollars from Thrivent Financial
    Eligible Thrivent members are awarded “Choice Dollars” based on insurance premiums, contract values, and Thrivent Financial volunteer leadership. Choice Dollars may be directed to nonprofit organizations, including Genacross Lutheran Services. For more information and eligibility requirements, visit the Thrivent website.

  • Kroger Community Rewards Program

    The Kroger Community Rewards program donates a percentage of shoppers’ purchases to non-profit organizations designated by the shoppers. If you are a Kroger customer, you can designate Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation as your preferred non-profit organization by following the steps listed below.

    Shoppers will automatically contribute funds to the mission of Genacross Lutheran Services every time their Kroger Plus Card is swiped. Every donation counts, no matter the amount!

    All funds received through this program are directed to the Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation and are used to support Genacross ministries.

    Please note that registrations must be updated each April; charitable organization selections are not carried over from year to year by Kroger.

    Instructions:

    To print a copy of these instructions, click here.

    • Go to www.KrogerCommunityRewards.com.
    • Under the “Are you a customer looking to enroll?” line, click on the “See more details and enroll today!” link.
    • Log in to your existing account (top of the page), or create a new one (near the bottom).
    • Your account page will appear. For new accounts, select “Find Organization.” For current Community Rewards participants, select “Change Organization.”
    • In the Search bar, type “Genacross.” The organization’s full name and address will appear; click on “Enroll.”
    • Save your information and you’re done!
    • Remember to swipe your Kroger Plus Card at the checkout to receive your shopping discounts, and you will be donating to Genacross at the same time. “Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation” will appear at the bottom of your receipts.
    • You are now contributing to the ministry of Genacross every time you shop at Kroger – THANK YOU!
    • Each April, your choice of charities needs to be updated using this same procedure.
  • AmazonSmile Program

    Amazon is a great online shopping site, and now it’s even better with the AmazonSmile program!

    When you shop using Smile.Amazon.com and register Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation as the charitable organization of your choice, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Genacross Lutheran Services!

    Shop for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations, holidays, special occasions – or just “because”! With the millions of great products Amazon has to offer, your purchases will benefit Genacross ministries while you save a bundle with Amazon!

    AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you are accustomed to shopping, with the same products, prices, and service. Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation is an approved non-profit organization registered with AmazonSmile.

    To choose Genacross as your preferred charity, simply follow the instructions below.

    Instructions:

    To print a copy of these instructions, click here.

    • Go to Smile.Amazon.com.
    • Log into your existing Amazon account, or create a new account.
    • For existing Amazon accounts, under the “Your Account” tab, choose “Your Amazon Smile.” Enter “Genacross” and click Search. A list of organizations will appear, along with their city and state. Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation should be the first choice, with Toledo, Ohio, as the location. Click Select and you’re done!
    • For new accounts, you will see “Pick your own charitable organization” on the bottom right of the page. Enter “Genacross” and click Search. A list of organizations will appear, along with their city and state. Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation should be the first choice, with Toledo, Ohio, as the location. Click Select and you’re done!
    • Look for the “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” tags as you shop. Once you select an item to view, the “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” tag will appear in the item description on the page with sizes, colors, etc.


    You are now contributing to the ministry of Genacross every time you shop through AmazonSmile! Thank you! Be sure to bookmark the AmazonSmile site and use it every time you shop Amazon.

    Save the Smile.Amazon.com website as one of your favorites, and spread the word to your family and friends!

    All funds designated for Genacross ministries are collected by the Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation. 100% of your donation is given to Genacross Lutheran Services.

    Please note that AmazonSmile donations are not tax-deductible by you for tax purposes; these donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation directly to the Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation.