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How to Select a Charity for Year-End Gifts

By | Featured News, Legacy

The end of the year is a common time for charitable giving. For many, the question isn’t whether to give, but how to designate a gift to have a significant impact on the community.

In central Ohio, there are hundreds of non-profit organizations helping to make Columbus the city it is today.  The first step in making sure your donation makes an impact is to research organizations. This may sound like a daunting task, but is not as difficult or as time-consuming as you might imagine.  Take advantage of information from organizations like Guidestar, Charity Navigator, and the Better Business Bureau. These are widely trusted sources for information about non-profit organizations across the United States. You can search by cause and location to find local non-profits that align with your giving objectives.

Now that you have the names of organizations that interest you, it’s time to learn more about the charity you plan to support. Determine whether the services provided will make the community a better place.  Is the charity sincerely making a difference in our society? Once you have researched the organization, consider the following points before you sign the check:

  • Determine whether the organization is mission-driven.
  • Make sure it fiscally sound.
  • Review the Agency website.
  • Look into speaking with the organization’s CEO or staff.
  • Tour the organization or participate in a volunteer activity to learn first-hand about the organization.
  • Consider what is important to you, such as what your passion is and what motivates you as a donor.
  • Find out whether the organization has a good standing in the community.
  • Determine what percentage of your gift will pay for overhead.

Once you have made your decision, remember to trust your instincts.  Take a moment to examine whether the charity you have selected has secured future funding for the clients they represent.  Investigate whether the charity offers a gift-matching program or has an ongoing endowment campaign.  If the organization has implemented a gift-matching program, this can be enticing to the donor and it presents an opportunity to amplify year-end gifts of cash, checks, securities to endowment funds, or provisions in an estate plan.

Remember: Take time to research the charity you have selected. Some work in the beginning could save you time, but more importantly it could allow your gift to impact many lives of in our community.

Catherine Nelson Black

Legacy Endowment Campaign featured in Columbus Business First

By | Featured News, Legacy, Wellness

LifeCare Alliance’s $5 million endowment match campaign was featured this month in Columbus Business First.

The article, by staff reporter Carrie Ghose, highlighted the magnitude of such a gift to an agency such as LifeCare Alliance.

“This is a transformational thing for the agency,” LifeCare Alliance President & CEO Chuck Gehring is quoted as saying. “Groups like us never get this. If we get a $10,000 gift, we have a party.”

An anonymous donor has committed to matching the first $5 million in gifts to LifeCare Alliance’s endowment. The donation comes as the Agency celebrates its 120th anniversary.

Click here to learn more about the Legacy Endowment Campaign, contact Chuck Gehring at 614-437-2801, or Rebecca Hurd, Director of Advancement, at 614-437-2867.

Click here to donate to the Legacy Endowment Campaign now!

NBC 4 Highlights $5 Million Match Campaign

By | Legacy, Wellness

On March 27, LifeCare Alliance’s $5 million Endowment match campaign was featured on NBC 4 by reporter Courtney Yuen.

Watch this report by clicking here.

An anonymous donor has generously promised to match $5 million in Endowment donations in 2018, which will help ensure a permanent source of funding to LifeCare Alliance.

“When he said he was going to do this, I was just in tears,” said president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance Chuck Gehring. “We’ve got to be able to get to those people when they need us.”

The potential of having $10 million added to the Endowment fund this year could mean so much for our clients and the Agency’s ability to meet their needs on a long-term basis. LifeCare Alliance has relied heavily on government funding in the past, but now that this funding has decreased and the need for our services is steadily increasing, the Agency must continue to put its focus on how to secure the future for our clients.

Clients rely on services from LifeCare Alliance to meet their basic needs.  Many are not able to safely cook for themselves, so programs like Meals-on-Wheels is really important to their health and well-being.

Darlene Golden, a client of LifeCare Alliance, told NBC4: “I just love it. I just love it,” she said. “It’s very convenient because I’m not able to go out and get my food too much.”

One of the reasons the Agency has been so successful when other Meals-on-Wheels providers have long waiting lists to receive services or closed their doors due to financial reasons is because of our strong and dependent volunteer base. One of LifeCare Alliance’s volunteers, Jim Kimnach, has been with the Agency for four years. Kimnach said, “It’s a wonderful interaction every day. They have good stories to tell and they usually have a smile on their face.”

For more information or to make a donation to LifeCare Alliance’s endowment, contact Chuck Gehring, president and CEO, at 614-437-2801 or cgehring@lifecarealliance.org, or Rebecca Hurd, director of advancement, at 614-437-2867 or rhurd@lifecarealliance.org.

Click here to donate to the Legacy Endowment Campaign now!

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$5 Million Match Campaign Featured in The Columbus Dispatch

By | Legacy, Wellness

The Columbus Dispatch shared the story of LifeCare Alliance’s $5 million endowment match campaign in an article on March 25.

Read the article by clicking here.

An anonymous donor has generously committed to matching the first $5 million in Endowment gifts, beginning in 2018. The donation comes during a momentous time for LifeCare Alliance as the Agency celebrates its 120th anniversary.

“To exist into the future, we need to build this fund up,” Chuck Gehring, president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance, said. “When I heard about this opportunity, I cried.”

The Meals-on-Wheels program is the Agency’s largest service, providing 5,000 meals to 5 counties in the area daily.  One of our clients, Raymond Powell, has been receiving one of these hot, nutritious meals several times a week for 11 years now and also visits one of the Senior Dining Centers every week.

“Without them, I wouldn’t eat very well,” said Powell. “It’s good to get out of the house a bit and have a hot meal.”

An editorial appearing in The Dispatch urged the community to support the Endowment campaign.

Continuing to provide these essential services to our clients is a priority for LifeCare Alliance, and growing the Endowment fund is a key part in securing the future of the Agency.

For more information or to make a donation to LifeCare Alliance’s endowment, contact Chuck Gehring, president and CEO, at 614-437-2801 or cgehring@lifecarealliance.org, or Rebecca Hurd, director of advancement, at 614-437-2867 or rhurd@lifecarealliance.org.

Click here to donate to the Legacy Endowment Campaign now!

LifeCare Alliance CEO Chuck Gehring speaks to the crowd during Big Wheels 2018

LifeCare Alliance Announces $5 Million Match Campaign

By | Carrie's Cafe, Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Columbus Cancer Clinic, Help-at-Home, IMPACT Safety, Legacy, Meals-on-Wheels, POHC, Visiting Nurses, Wellness

At Big Wheels 2018, LifeCare Alliance announced a $5 Million Match Campaign to secure the future, by building its Legacy Endowment.

The Legacy Endowment Campaign is designed to meet existing and future needs of LifeCare Alliance for decades to come.

An anonymous donor has generously committed to matching the first $5 million in Endowment gifts, beginning in 2018. The donation comes during a momentous occasion for LifeCare Alliance as the Agency celebrates its 120th anniversary.

This Campaign creates an opportunity for individuals and families impacted by the work of LifeCare Alliance to express their stewardship and leave their legacies in concrete and meaningful ways.

If you are interested in learning more about the Legacy Endowment Campaign or how you can become a member of the Catherine Nelson Black Society, please contact Chuck Gehring, President and CEO at 614-437-2801 or Rebecca Hurd, Director of Advancement at 614-437-2867.

Click here to donate to the Legacy Endowment Campaign now!


ABOVE: LifeCare Alliance CEO Chuck Gehring speaks to the crowd at Big Wheels 2018.