- 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
P.O. Box 5045, Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5045
815 S 6th Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
- 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 2018 goal is $470,000. We can do it with your help!
When is this year's campaign?
The Employee Giving Campaign is March 26 - April 27. Payroll deductions will appear on pay vouchers starting in July, 2018.
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 to make a pledge through payroll deduction, PTO donation or a one-time gift of cash, check or credit card.
NEW THIS YEAR! Make a convenient online contribution at Avera.org/give (please note that only payroll pledges and PTO donation may be made using the online form).
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, 2018, 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 funds or for a complete list, see giving options.
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 27. 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 have an outstanding pledge to one of the capital campaigns (Avera Cancer Institute, NICU or Avera Prince of Peace). If I choose to increase my employee campaign payroll deduction amount, will this also increase my pledge to the capital campaign?
No. Should you choose to increase your employee campaign gift, only your annual gift to the employee campaign will increase. All pledges you had previously made to capital campaigns will remain the same. Should you wish to increase the deduction amount for your capital gift, please contact the Avera McKennan Foundation office at 322-8900.
I'm an on-going giver, where is my new badge clip?
Badge clips were sent 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.