Ways to Give

Bethesda is blessed to have donors and supporters who believe it is our collective mission to provide opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live the fullest lives possible.

There are many ways you can support us financially, should you choose to invest in our mission:

You can make a secure one-time or recurring tax-deductible donation in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities via credit card here

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You can support our life-changing mission every month through a secure, recurring gift option via your credit card or an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). You can make this commitment either by mail, providing the information required on the back of a reply slip, or online by clicking the “Make This a Monthly Gift” link on our donation page.

Call us toll-free at 800-369-4636 and press “2” for donations.  During regular office hours, a customer service representative will speak with you and direct you to the right person.  Or simply leave your name, phone number and a brief message when prompted.  We will return your call by the next business day.

You can mail your tax-deductible gift in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to:

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Inc.
600 Hoffmann Drive
Watertown, WI 53094

When you give a memorial or tribute gift for Bethesda to honor someone special, you’re expressing your love, admiration, and gratitude in one of the most meaningful ways there is. Your gift will honor your loved one, create a lasting tribute, and serve men and women through Bethesda’s compassionate care, resources and communities.

  • If you are giving online, simply go to the section labeled “Tribute Gift” and check the box: “This gift is in honor, memory or support of someone.”   Once you check the box, a drop-down menu will appear where you can designate “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” and then fill in the person’s name.
  • If you are mailing in a check, simply indicate “In memory of [name]” or “In honor of [name]” on the memo line of your check.

Thrivent members can direct their Thrivent Choice Dollars to Bethesda.  Just follow these directions:


  1. Visit Thrivent.com/ThriventChoice.
  2. In the “GET STARTED” section on the right, click Direct Thrivent Choice Dollars®.
  3. Log in by entering your Thrivent user ID and password.
  4. Enter “Bethesda Lutheran Communities Inc.’ in the keyword search box and click “Search.”
  5. Click “Direct Now.” Follow the prompts on the confirmation page to direct Choice Dollars.

By phone:

  1. Call 800-847-4836 and when prompted, say “Thrivent Choice.”
  2. Press 1 to direct Choice Dollars.
  3. A representative will work with you to direct Choice Dollars.
  4. Be sure to identify Bethesda Lutheran Communities Inc. as your Thrivent Choice Dollars recipient.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon purchases to Bethesda at no cost to you. Just do your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com and get the exact same prices and customer service as Amazon.com with the added benefit of Amazon’s contributions to Bethesda.

Simply select Bethesda Lutheran Communities as your designated charitable organization on your smile.amazon.com website.  AmazonSmile will occasionally contact you about donation amounts disbursed to Bethesda or about program updates.

There are many additional ways you can carefully and strategically plan your gift strategy in support of Bethesda.  Visit our Gifts of Appreciated Stock section for more details and assistance.

  1. Get in touch. Call our partner, Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA), at 800-269-6814 to let them know you have a vehicle you’d like to donate. They accept vehicles in almost any condition.
  2. Say goodbye. IAA will arrange to come pick up your car, truck SUV, motorcycle, boat or RV at no charge when it’s most convenient for you.
  3. Write it off. You’ll receive a letter for tax deduction purposes. Any revenue from the sale of the vehicle will go to support Bethesda’s mission. Additional tax documents may be provided after the sale as required by the IRS.

Contact Us

Do you have questions about your donation?  Would you like more information about gift planning or other gift options?  Please feel free to contact us with your questions, requests, comments or suggestions: 


Press “2” for donations.  A customer service representative will speak with you during regular office hours or feel free to leave your name, phone number and a brief message.  We will return your call promptly.

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Inc.
600 Hoffmann Drive
Watertown, WI 53094