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The Avera Employee Giving Campaign is an opportunity for all of us to further the Gospel values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship that guide us every day at Avera.

The Avera mission calls us to make a positive impact in the lives and health of people and communities. Together, let's be part of something bigger than ourselves. Let's bring our resources together to support needed services and technology in our communities. 

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Why Give?

As Avera 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. 

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 2020 goal is $1.17 million and 100% participation. We can do it with your help!

When is this year's campaign?

The Employee Giving Campaign is March 2 - 27. Payroll deductions will appear on pay vouchers starting in July, 2020.

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, 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 Foundation  
PO Box 5045 
Sioux Falls, SD 57117 

To make a pledge online, see the Philanthropy page on KnowledgeNet or simply visit  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, 2020, 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. 

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Contributions to the Avera 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 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" t-shirt? 

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 are 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 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. 

Who should I contact with other questions?

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

PTO Donation

Avera 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.


  • 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 and possible emergencies).
  • Total PTO to be donated must be a minimum of 8 hrs and may not exceed 80 hrs/calendar year.
  • 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).
  • Donated PTO will be cashed out at 100% of the employee’s current base rate of pay.
  • Once PTO time is donated, it cannot be reclaimed.
  • 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 Foundation encourages you to consult with your tax professional if you have questions regarding the tax treatment of your donation.

PTO Donation Form

Giving Opportunities

Where The Need Is Greatest

Your contribution helps support the most urgent needs of Avera and furthers the healing ministry by providing the highest quality care to all; regardless of ability to pay. From providing vital funding for medical equipment and educational opportunities to resources for patients and families adjusting to illness and hospitalization, your contribution makes a difference.

Employee Assistance

The Employee Assistance Fund is a program to help employees cope with unexpected hardships that place undue financial stress on them and their families.


Make a gift to an area you are most passionate about. There are numerous programs and services that are in need of financial assistance. The Avera Foundation ensures your dollars directly benefit these areas of support. 


Campaign Dates:

  • March 2 - 27
    Payroll deductions will appear on pay vouchers starting in July, 2020.

Conveniently make your gift online at and receive an "Avera Cares" t-shirt at the conclusion of the campaign. On-going givers will automatically receive a t-shirt. 

Gifts at Work

Gifts to support Avera Health 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.

  • Comfort and convenience for out-of-town patients and families through on-campus lodging at the Walsh Family Village
  • Peace of mind through financial assistance for employees, patients and families in times of need
  • Guidance and support for patients through navigation services
  • State-of-the-art technology and countless other programs and services 

To learn more about how your dollars make a difference, visit

Live Better. Live Balanced. Avera.

Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.

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