Give a Gift to ALSM

Your Support is Greatly Appreciated!

At Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM), we touch lives every day by providing vital resources and care to individuals of all ages. From the earliest stages of life through the various stages of aging, ALSM has been helping families throughout West Central Pennsylvania for the past 70 years. We can help due in large part to the kindness and generosity of our donors.

Every gift to ALSM makes an important difference in the lives of our community’s most vulnerable. Thanks to the philanthropy of our patrons, no one has ever been asked to leave the ALSM senior living system of care because they have outlived their financial resources. Private support has allowed us to provide more than $2 million annually in benevolent care to people who can no longer afford the cost of services on their own. We hope to continue this trend and assist even more people with your help. We invite you to invest in your ALSM community and the benefit that it provides to the span of generations we serve!

As a not-for-profit organization, we rely on the support of our residents and their families and friends, as well as the generous donations provided by individuals, church congregations, corporations and foundations, auxiliaries and countless others. We know our donors are as committed as we are to the care of the generations we serve through a ministry of love, compassion and mercy.

If you would like to give back to ALSM in a way that will make a difference in the lives of others, simply contact us. We can discuss the kind of gift, bequest or other support that would be meaningful to you and how it will impact the quality of life and care of the people we serve.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about any of the ways to give, please contact us at 1-814-696-4560 or e-mail [email protected].

Ways to Give

No matter how you decide to support ALSM, please know that we appreciate all that you do to help us continue to touch lives each day that span the generations! Thank you for your support.

Memorial and Honorarium Gifts

A gift in memory of a family member, friend or colleague is a special tribute. Honoring a living individual with gifts in his or her name is another means of ensuring that those in need will be served.


Tree of Life Memorials and Brick Memorials

You may wish to leave a lasting memory of a loved one through an inscribed golden leaf placed on our Tree of Life Memorial. You can choose a memorial any of our residential communities in Hollidaysburg, Johnstown or Pleasant Gap.

Our Hollidaysburg community also offers the opportunity to inscribe the name of a loved one on a brick to be placed on a walkway near The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg.


Special Events and Appeals

ALSM hosts an annual golf tournament to raise funds for benevolent care; sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels. We also host an annual dinner to recognize the generosity of our donors and volunteers and use this dinner to raise needed funds for benevolent care. In addition, we send appeals by mail throughout the year to help raise funds to enhance the quality of life for those we serve.


Gifts of Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities are encouraged and provide tax benefits to the donor. Examples of gifts include stocks, bonds and mutual funds.


Planned Gifts

A variety of deferred gift options such as bequests, living trusts, life income gifts and life insurance, as well as opportunities to make cash gifts pledged over a period of years, are available. Planned gifts provide opportunities for individuals to leave a legacy that will touch future generations.

Many individuals may not be in a financial position to make an outright gift during their lifetime, but provisions in their will can convey their wishes to an organization of their choosing. We encourage you to consult an attorney in the preparation of your will and to supervise its execution to make certain it comply with state requirements.

The Rev. Polanski is an “adjunct” member of the advancement staff through ALSM’s partnership with the ELCA Foundation. Liz serves as a planned giving resource to all members of the partnership in the Central Pennsylvania area.

The Rev. Elizabeth Polanzke, ELCA Planned Giving Partner

[email protected]



Endowment Gifts

Gifts to endowments are made with the restriction that the principal may not be expended. Instead, it is invested to provide a steady income for the continued benefit of ALSM and its many programs. The minimum amount for a named endowment is $10,000.


Auxiliary Membership

Membership dues and fundraising events help support the mission of ALSM. Auxiliary chapters are located in Cambria and Centre counties. For more information on the auxiliaries, please contact the Advancement Office.