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Working Together, Giving Together

The Employee Giving Campaign is bringing the Avera system together to further the Gospel values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship that we live and work by each day.

When you make a pledge, you strengthen our people, our facilities and ties across the region. You validate our history and secure our future. You ensure quality health care will be available for all who enter our doors.

Employee's interested in making a donation please click below and sign in using your Avera system login. Pledge forms for Avera McKennan employees only.

Make a Pledge


Your Contributions at Work

Gifts to support Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center touch the lives of patients and families in our community every day. Here are some of the ways your gifts have made a difference in the past year.

FY 2015 Foundation Disbursements
Avera Prince of Peace 64%
Cancer Programs & Services 13%
Patient & Employee Assistance 6%
Behavioral Health Services 5%
Hospice Care & Services 4%
Walsh Family Village 3%
Women's & Children's 3%
Equipment 1%
Education, Scholarships and Grants 1%

Your Gifts Make a Difference

Together We Change Lives

As Avera's on-site hospitality house, the Walsh Family Village offers comfort and convenience for families of patients in need of our care. Since opening in 2009, the Walsh Family Village has operated at a 98 percent occupancy rate. Because of this ongoing need, your support is vital to expanding this facility and the services that it lends to our patients, their families and the community.

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Paid Time Off Donation Policy

Avera McKennan has created a way for employees to donate unused paid time off (PTO) to the Foundation in support of the Employee Giving Campaign which benefits our patients, employees and community. Simply read over the procedure below and complete the donation form.

Procedure

  1. The PTO Donation policy would follow similar guidelines as the PTO Cash Out policy. Currently, employees have the option to receive compensation for accrued PTO without taking time away from work. To be eligible, employees must:
  • Be currently eligible to accrue PTO.
  • Have taken at least 2 pay periods of scheduled PTO during the past 12-month period (including holiday and short-term sick time) in order to promote health and well-being.
  • Maintain a minimum of 120 hours of PTO in their PTO bank after donation (to provide for short-term illness & possible emergencies).
  1. Total PTO to be donated must be a minimum of 8 hrs and may not exceed 80 hrs/calendar year.
  2. Requests to donate PTO are due to Human Resources by June 15. The Payroll Department will process PTO donations on the first pay period following the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1).
  3. Donated PTO will be cashed out at 100% of the employee’s current base rate of pay.
  4. Once PTO time is donated to the Avera McKennan Foundation, it cannot be reclaimed.
  5. Please be aware that donation of PTO hours are taxable under IRS rules. Avera will report your donation as taxable wages on your payroll check in order to withhold the appropriate taxes. The Avera McKennan Foundation encourages you to consult with your tax professional if you have questions regarding the tax treatment of your donation.

PTO Donation Form


Frequently Asked Questions

Why Give?

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  • Because every dollar makes a difference! Your gift supports programs and services that wouldn't exist if it weren't for donations. Funds donated to the foundation support a variety of needs including equipment, education, patient and employee financial assistance and more.
  • It’s easy! Choose employee payroll deduction, check, cash or credit card and we take care of the rest. Please ask your leader for your personalized giving form. Forms may be turned in to your leader, deposited into the 5 Star Care boxes or may be delivered/mailed to:
    • Avera McKennan Foundation
      Plaza 4, Suite 205
      1325 S. Cliff Avenue
      Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5045
  • It’s your opportunity to support projects that impact your own workplace, co-workers and the people we serve every day.

What is the campaign goal amount?

Our 2016 goal is $460,000. We can do it with your help!

When is this year's campaign?

The Employee Giving Campaign is March 14 - April 15, 2016. Payroll deductions will appear on pay vouchers starting in July, 2016.

Is this the same thing as the United Way?

The Avera McKennan Employee Giving Campaign and United Way are not the same thing. While Avera does benefit from United Way programs and services, it is NOT part of the Avera McKennan Employee Giving Campaign. All gifts to the Employee Giving Campaign directly benefit Avera and the patients, families and employees we serve. We encourage employees to support both campaigns if they are able.

How can I make a gift?

Employees can fill out their personalized giving form or make a pledge online and login using your system credentials. Employees can choose to give through payroll deduction, a one-time gift of cash, check or use a credit card.

Am I able to donate my Paid Time Off (PTO)?

Yes! Employees have the option to donate accrued PTO to the foundation. The PTO Donation Policy follows similar guidelines as the PTO Cash Out Policy. Please be aware that PTO donations will be taken entirely from your first paycheck in July, 2016, and that donated PTO hours are taxable under IRS rules. For more information on donating PTO, please contact the foundation at 605-322-8900.

How much should I give?

Choosing to give is an important and personal decision. What might be an appropriate gift will differ from person to person. We have several giving options available. You can give any amount of $1 or more per payroll period or you can give through a one-time donation/deduction.

Who will decide how to spend my donation?

You do! Choose the area of support that interests or impacts you OR choose to designate your gift to the Unrestricted fund and let us put your dollars to work where the need is greatest. You may direct your donation to any of the established funds set up within the Avera McKennan Foundation. The back of your pledge card includes a list of popular funds or for a complete list, see giving opportunities.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Contributions to the Avera McKennan Foundation are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

How do I become eligible for the prize drawings?

Your completed and turned in pledge form will serve as your entry into the weekly prize drawings. The last date to turn in a card and be eligible for prizes is April 18 at 5 p.m. Remember: the earlier you submit your completed form, the more chances you have to win!

What do I need to do if I am an on-going giver?

Thank you for your gift! If you would like to continue your current contributions without changes, you do not need to do anything. Your current deductions will remain the same for the following year and your name will automatically be included in all prize drawings. If you would like to make changes or increase your donation, please do so and return your card to the foundation office. Your pledge will be adjusted accordingly.

I'm an on-going giver, where is my new badge clip?

Badge clips are distributed via inter-office mail the week prior to the campaign launch. If you didn’t receive yours, please contact the foundation office at 605-322-8900.

If I do not donate, do I need to return my pledge card?

If you do not wish to support this year's giving campaign, please check the "I elect not to give at this time" check box on your pledge form and return it to your leader or the Avera McKennan Foundation office. By checking this box and returning your card, we are assured that you had the opportunity to make a gift in support of the campaign. PLUS, you could still win one of the great weekly prizes if you return your completed card!

Who should I contact with other questions?

Please contact the Avera McKennan Foundation at 605-322-8900 or email us.


Giving Opportunities

A gift to the Avera McKennan Foundation touches lives for a lifetime. Please be our partner in furthering the mission of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. The following list describes the many unique funds available to donate to.

Unrestricted Funds

Avera McKennan

Avera McKennan Fund provides support for the area of greatest need at the hospital as designated by hospital leadership.

Restricted Funds

Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Services Fund enhances services for behavioral health patients including staff and patient education, medical equipment and technology, patient programs, and facility improvements.

Behavioral Health Services Navigation Fund provides funding for the patient navigation program to educate and guide patients through the treatment process. Navigators serve as a resource for patients in many ways such as providing support for decision making in every phase of treatment, offering emotional support and spiritual support when needed and guiding local regional and national support services.

Avera Reaching Kids provides funding for the Avera Family Wellness program focusing on early intervention and prevention of emotional/behavioral disorders in children enrolled in preschool programs within select Sioux Falls elementary schools.

Cancer and Blood Disorders

Cancer Fund enhances cancer treatment by supporting the whole person, mind, body and spirit, through cancer programs including but not limited to survivorship programs, nutrition counseling, integrative medicine such as massage, aromatherapy, art therapy, movement therapy, fitness programming, and educational materials and activities for patients, families and staff.

Cancer Building Fund helps fund the building and equipment of a new cancer center for patients and families in need of physical, spiritual, and emotional comfort while they, or a loved one, are undergoing treatment at Avera McKennan or the Avera Cancer Institute.

Cancer Research Fund supports research activities in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Cancer Navigation Fund provides funding for the patient navigation program to educate and guide patients through the treatment process. Navigators serve as a resource for patients in many ways such as providing support for decision making in every phase of treatment, offering emotional support and spiritual support when needed and guiding local regional and national support services.

Precision Oncology/Cancer Genomics Fund enhances cancer treatment by supporting a personalized medicine program. Personalized medicine allows for cancer therapies to be provided to patients based on their individual genomic profile. Genomic medicine gives physicians a better way to predict which cancer treatments will work for each person. This fund provides assistance to patients through a comprehensive approval process.

Bone Marrow Transplant Fund supports programs and services for bone marrow transplant patients and their families including but not limited to recruiting bone marrow donors, enhancing patient support programs, and providing educational materials and activities for patients, families and staff.

Breast Cancer Fund supports prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship programs for breast cancer patients.

Integrative Medicine Fund enhances cancer treatment by supporting the whole person, mind,body and spirit, through integrative medicine including but not limited to massage,aromatherapy, art therapy, movement therapy and fitness programming.

Leukemia Fund enhances care for leukemia patients and their families including patient programs, education, and financial assistance for items not normally covered through insurance programs.

Lymphoma Fund enhances care for lymphoma patients and their families including patient programs, education, and financial assistance for items not normally covered through insurance programs.

Compassion In Action Fund supports patients and families battling blood disorder cancers and/or awaiting a bone marrow transplant with financial assistance for additional expenses associated with their illness.

Careflight

Careflight Fund provides support to enhance emergency medical transport services.

Chapel

Chapel Fund provides support for worship, meditation and spiritual reflection for patients and their families.

Charity Care and Patient Assistance

Caring for Life Fund assists patients and families with out-of-pocket medical expenses such as travel, lodging, prescriptions and medical supplies/equipment.

Health Care Clinic Fund provides support for primary health care services to the people of our community regardless of their ability to pay.

Children – Avera Reaching Kids (ARK)

Children's Fund enhances services for pediatric patients including staff and patient education, medical equipment and technology, and Child-Life programs.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Fund enhances services for NICU patients including staff and patient education, life-saving medical equipment and technology, and family support programs.

Avera Reaching Kids provides funding for the Avera Family Wellness program focusing on early intervention and prevention of emotional/behavioral disorders in children enrolled in preschool programs within select Sioux Falls elementary schools.

Diabetes

Diabetes Care Fund enhances diabetes care services including staff and patient education, patient programs, medical equipment, and community education programs.

Education

Education Services Fund enhances medical education programs and services and provides education opportunities for Avera McKennan staff and community members.

Nursing Excellence Fund supports innovative education initiatives and research endeavors to continue to develop nursing excellence in caring for patients.

DeSchepper Scholarship Fund provides educational opportunities and scholarships to the staff of the physical medicine and rehabilitation department. A minimum scholarship of $500 is awarded annually.

Kris Christensen Paramedic Fund provides scholarships for individuals accepted into the Avera McKennan School of Emergency Medical Services for Paramedic Education program.

Sister Colman Coakley Education Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for Avera McKennan employees advancing their education in a health related field. A minimum scholarship of $1,000 is awarded annually.

Pharmacy Education Fund provides support for staff education and pharmacy programs.

Endowments

Helen McKennan Endowment provides annual support to the Caring for Life Fund.

Eugenia Burgraff Endowment provides annual operating support for the Avera McKennan Hospice Program.

Jean Cramer Endowment provides annual operating support for the Avera McKennan Hospice Program.

Virginia (Boler) Flicek and Melinda Camber Porter Endowment provides support to multiple myeloma and ovarian cancer patients and their families needing financial assistance for items not normally covered through insurance programs.

Judy Herron Endowment provides annual operating support for the Dougherty Hospice House.

Dr. Lynden B. and Shirley King Endowment supports the mission of Avera McKennan.

Kristi Roberts Gregg Endowment provides annual operating support for the Dougherty Hospice House.

Mary Kirby Rohn Endowment supports bereavement programs and services.

Kevin Knudsen Endowment provides annual scholarships for young athletes to train in the Acceleration program at Avera Sports Institute.

Dr. Dennis and Mary Ann Knutson Endowment provides financial support to families with children needing to travel to receive medical care.

Sheryl Johnson Endowment Fund supports the mission of Avera McKennan.

Leander Endowment provides support for education for Behavioral Health Services staff.

Ron Radermacher Family Endowment provides annual operating support for the Dougherty Hospice House.

Thomas M. Reardon Family Endowment provides annual operating support for the Avera McKennan Hospice Program.

Marcella Schuur Endowment provides funds for patient care and staff support at the Dougherty Hospice House.

Guy VanDemark Endowment supports the mission of Avera McKennan.

John Vander Wal Endowment provides annual operating support for the Walsh Family Village.

Brian T. Hurley Education Endowment provides annual support to the education fund.

Greg and Pam Sands Endowment provides annual support to behavioral health services.

William “Bill” Watson Endowment provides annual support for hospice care and services.

Robert S. and Linda K. Baker Family Endowment provides annual support for hospice care and services.

Finnegan Family Endowment provides annual support for hospice care and services.

Rasmussen Family Endowment provides annual support for hospice care and services.

Hospice

Hospice Fund provides annual operating support for Avera McKennan Hospice to provide care to improve the quality of a patient's end-of-life journey, offering comfort and dignity from an interdisciplinary team of specially trained professionals and volunteers. Funding provides care offered in home settings through our Home Hospice services and at the Dougherty Hospice House.

Neuroscience

Neurosciences Fund enhances services for patients with neurological and neurosurgical conditions. These funds support staff and patient education, medical equipment and technology, and other patient programs.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation Fund enhances services for rehabilitation patients including staff and patient education, medical equipment and technology, joint camp and other patient programs.

Prince of Peace

Comforts of Home Fund provides furnishings, equipment, and materials to create a warm, home-like atmosphere for residents at Avera Prince of Peace.

Prince of Peace Chapel Fund provides support for worship, meditation and spiritual reflection for Prince of Peace residents and their families.

Prince of Peace Building Fund helps fund the building and equipment of an expanded Avera Prince of Peace Campus.

Prince of Peace Endowment provides annual operating support for Avera Prince of Peace.

Transplant

Organ Transplant Fund enhances services for kidney and pancreas transplant patients including staff and patient education, medical equipment and technology, and patient programs.

Walsh Family Village

Walsh Family Village Fund provides support for on-campus lodging for families of patients receiving treatment at Avera McKennan. The village includes Casa de Carlitos Welcome Center, Nano Nagle Inn, and Ronald McDonald House.

Women’s Services

Women's/OB Fund enhances services for prenatal patients and their families including staff and patient education, medical equipment and technology, and patient and family programs.

Women's Health Fund enhances innovative services for women's health with an emphasis on helping women through hormonal transitions including staff and patient education.

Questions?

Our staff would love to visit with you to answer any questions you may have about donating or about the Avera McKennan Foundation and our programs. Please feel free to call us at 605-322-8900, or you can contact us via email.

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