Giving Back

“Philanthropy has played a vital role in the Givens story. Dr. and Mrs. Givens’ generosity continues to inspire our mission to improve lives. Our commitment to this vision is just as strong as it was in 1979. Charitable gifts provide programs, care, and amenities that meet residents’ needs, enrich their lives, and keep the communities affordable. The philanthropic investment in our mission and organization touches every corner of our campuses, and our outreach endeavors ripple throughout our region.”

– Brian Guengerich, Vice President of Philanthropy
– Jennifer Clarkson Soster, Director of Philanthropy

How to Give

Resident Assistance Ministry

The Resident Assistance Ministry confidentially helps residents facing significant financial hardships. It is at the center of Given’s mission to be good stewards of resources and provide financial support, services, and housing to those with limited resources. The generous gifts from thousands of people over the years make this support possible.

Resident Assistance Ministry By the Numbers

  • Givens secured $4.1 million to help residents in all four communities in 2020.
  • One out of five residents on all our campuses confidentially receives financial assistance or reduced cost of housing.
  • The Resident Assistance Ministry requires approximately $1.4 million annually and is supported by residents, staff, board members, churches, and friends.
  • Givens provided $972,732 in resident assistance funds in 2020 to cover the gap between the cost of care and Medicaid payments.
Read the story of Gene Parks, an inspiring Givens resident, who donated generously to the Resident Ministry Fund.

Remember a loved one or friend with a tribute gift

Gift amounts remain confidential, and each honorarium or memorial gift is acknowledged to the person honored or their family, as indicated by the donor. Tribute gifts support the Resident Assistance Ministry unless otherwise designated by the donor. All donations will be acknowledged and recognized. Read how the Loomis family chose to honor a civic leader and valued member of their family.

Read the story of Ralph and Doris Loomis, they created the Doris Edwards Autrey Divelbiss Fund in 1996.

Planned giving can provide tax-favorable benefits, including increased income, tax deductions, and partial or full bypassing potential capital gains on appreciated property.

Givens’ Development Office is familiar with bequests, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, real and personal property gifts, life estates, life insurance, and residency agreement refunds. is a great resource for learning more about estate and planned gifts for residents, friends, attorneys, CPAs, financial planners, CLUs, trust officers, and other gift planning professionals.

One couple, Charlotta and Will Jordan, has been inspired to make a difference and have found a variety of ways to contribute. Click below to learn more.

Read the story of Will and Carlotta Jordan, they developed an appreciation for the community’s history.

Residents and friends have established endowments to enrich Givens’ mission and ministry. Individuals have set up endowments, provided funding for resident assistance, gardens, greenhouse, woodshop, columbarium, exercise and therapy equipment, chapel, dining, and more, all greatly supporting the Givens mission. These gifts significantly contribute to a beautiful sense of community. Today, Givens has 43 named endowments. Read the story of John Nieburg, an extraordinary resident who has found joy in contributing to endowments.

Read the story of John Nieburg, known for his award-winning woodcarving creations, created three endowments at Givens Estates.

Give Today

Thank you for your impact and commitment to this worthy vision. Your tax-deductible gift goes to work immediately, improving the lives of our residents. There are many ways to donate to Givens. Donations of cash, check, and credit card, gifts of securities, appreciated assets, and life insurance are all welcome.

Givens is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
All gifts are tax-deductible.

1. Online:
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