As Avera McKennan employees, we know first hand the importance of providing the best experience for every person and family who comes to us for care. Every dollar helps us continue supporting programs, services, education and equipment that impacts and saves lives at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.
By making a gift, you not only receive the satisfaction that you are supporting our mission, but you will also receive special recognition in the hospital lobby, foundation annual report, and a badge clip to display your support proudly.
What is the campaign goal amount?
Our 2019 goal is $475,000 and 100% participation. We can do it with your help!
When is this year's campaign?
The Employee Giving Campaign is March 4 - April 5. Payroll deductions will appear on pay vouchers starting in July, 2019.
Is this the same thing as the United Way?
The Avera 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 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 visit Avera.org/give, and click on "Make a Pledge."
Employees can choose to give through payroll deduction, PTO donation or a one-time gift of cash, check or credit card.
You can return completed cards to your leader, send via interoffice mail to the Avera McKennan Foundation or drop off at the foundation office located at:
Avera McKennan Foundation office
PO Box 5045
Sioux Falls, SD 57117
To make a pledge online, see the Philanthropy page on KnowledgeNet or simply visit Avera.org/give. All employees who participate online will receive a free "Avera Cares" t-shirt at the conclusion of the campaign. On-going givers will automatically receive a t-shirt.
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, 2019, 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 select funds. For a complete list of funds, please visit Avera.org/McKennanEmployeeGiving and click on "Giving Opportunities."
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Contributions to the Avera McKennan Foundation are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Can I make a gift online?
YES! To make a pledge online, see the Philanthropy page on KnowledgeNet or simply visit Avera.org/give. All employees who participate online will receive a free "Avera Cares" t-shirt at the conclusion of the campaign. On-going givers will automatically receive a shirt.
What do I need to do if I am an on-going giver?
Thank you for your pledge! 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. 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.
How do I become eligible for the "Avera Cares"
All gifts made online will be eligible for an "Avera Cares" t-shirt at the conclusion of the campaign. On-going givers will automatically receive a t-shirt.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.