For it is in giving that we receive.
–St. Francis of Assisi
What is Annual Giving?
United Church Homes provides a variety of giving opportunities for people who want to provide community, wholeness and peace for older adults. Throughout the year, we invite friends and supporters to consider making financial donations through various fundraising appeals. All donors are recognized in our annual report.
United Church Homes is a registered, Ohio nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.
Donors Making a Difference
Doris needed a safe place to call home and was vulnerable after her husband died. Because of generous donors like you, Doris was able to move into a secure, UCH affordable housing community and become a part of a big family – something she never had before.
Betty’s medical needs were increasing, and she was faced with making an impossible decision between her health and her home. Thanks to supportive donors, Betty has her healthcare needs met and a place to call home.
Annual Fund Appeals
Employee Giving Campaign
Our Employee Giving Campaign is our largest Annual Fund Appeal. Our internal donor rate was 86 percent in 2018. United Church Homes employees are dedicated to the work we do and making an impact in our communities.
Honor, Memorial or Tribute Gifts
Individuals and families can present honorary or memorial gifts anytime throughout the year to United Church Homes, in honor or memory of someone and designated to a particular program or community or for unrestricted use.
Friends of United Church Homes may donate gifts-in-kind that are needed to fulfill our mission. These gifts-in-kind can include, but are not limited to, items such as office equipment, supplies and products, services, furnishings, food and supplies for special events or other items that align with the fulfillment of our mission.
For IRS purposes, all gifts-in-kind must be valued by the donor.
Our giving circles recognize the generous contributions of our donors while honoring those individuals who have helped shape United Church Homes into what it is today.
Ruth F. Parker Circle – $10,000+
Honors the founder and benefactress of Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, Ruth F. Parker. Ruth was genuinely dedicated to the needs of the residents of Parkvue and the community of Sandusky and supported both over many years with her loyal and generous contributions.
The President’s Circle – $5,000-$9,999
Honors a group of friends who join the president of United Church Homes annually with their generous contributions at this giving level.
Robert & Eleanor Diller Inaugural Circle – $2,500-$4,999
Honors Rev. Dr. Robert Diller, the first president of United Church Homes, and his wife, Eleanor. Rev. Dr. Diller also served as the administrator at the first United Church Homes community, Fairhaven Community, in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Eleanor worked as a dietician and activities director at Fairhaven.
The Herbster Circle – $1,000-$2,499
Honors our dedication to visionaries Rev. Dr. Benjamin M. Herbster and his wife Elizabeth, who were generous supporters of United Church Homes. Rev. Dr. Herbster was the first president of the United Church of Christ and served as a Board member for United Church Homes. He asked 10 of his friends to make an annual donation of $100 or more and then invite their friends to join them in this mission. This society later became known as the Society of Stephen. Rev. Dr. Herbster and his wife were also residents at Trinity Community in Beavercreek.
Matthew & Jane Smith Founders Circle – $250-$999
Honors our founders, Matthew and Jane Smith, who shared a common vision to create a community that would care for the older adults. Their bequest (a farm) was sold to purchase the Barnhouse property in Upper Sandusky that is now known as Fairhaven Community.
Society of Stephen Circle – $100-$249
Honors the mission of Saint Stephen, the disciple first charged with caring for the widowed and elderly. This is what was first started as the 100+ club founded by the late Rev. Dr. Herbster.