Making a charitable gift can and should be a highly personal experience. There are many ways to make a gift to support the important work of ERS while also meeting your own personal financial and philanthropic goals. Some of the most common ways to give to ERS include:

Gifts of Cash

Cash contributions by check or credit card offer the easiest ways to give. 

Checks can be mailed to:

The ERS Foundation
3870 Virginia Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45227


The ERS Foundation accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. You can make a secure online gift to ERS today by completing our online gift form or by contacting Susan Cleverly at (513) 979-2309 for assistance in processing your gift.

Additionally, cash can be sent electronically to ERS. Please contact Susan Cleverly for assistance at (513) 979-2309 or email scleverly@erslife.org.

Recurring Gifts

A recurring gift is a pre-set, monthly contribution that a donor wishes to make by automatically charging a credit card or by making arrangements with a financial institution to issue regular payments. Some donors believe giving smaller amounts on a regular basis enables them to more comfortably give a larger gift than they might be able to in one lump sum.

Payroll Deductions

ERS staff members can choose to donate to ERS through payroll deduction. Please contact Susan Cleverly, Manager of Foundation Relations and the Annual Fund, for assistance at 513-979-2309 or email scleverly@erslife.org.   


A gift of appreciated stock you have held for more than one year qualifies for a tax deduction for the full amount of the gift and you pay no capital gains tax on the appreciation. These benefits reduce the real cost to the donor of making a gift to ERS.

Before transferring any asset, please contact Joy Blang, Executive Director of Philanthropy, at (513) 979-2313 or jblang@erslife.org, with details regarding the specific asset. For gifts of stock, please include the name of the stock, the number of shares to be donated, the intended date of transfer and the name of the bank the stocks will be coming from.

ERS maintains an account at PNC bank for the acceptance of tax-deductible wire transfers as well as donations of stock, securities and other assets. 

Click here for instructions for your stockbroker or investment manager to transfer the asset to ERS Foundation. 

After receiving confirmation of the transfer, ERS will mail you an acknowledgment letter which serves as your tax receipt. Per IRS regulations, the amount of a gift of stock is determined by the average of the high and low values per share on the date of transfer. 

Memorial, Honorary, or Celebratory Gifts

ERS welcomes gifts made in honor or memory of an individual of special importance to the donor. These could include:

  • A resident or community member who has benefitted from a program or service of ERS
  • A staff member who has provided exemplary care
  • A committed board member or volunteer

To make a memorial or honorary gift, follow any of the procedures described above, making sure to identify the individual you intend to honor or memorialize. Upon receipt of such a gift, the Foundation Office will mail you a receipt and—if you wish—notify the honoree or, in the case of a memorial gift, a designated individual or family member of your thoughtful contribution.


ERS accepts gifts-in-kind that are appropriate to its mission.   

Planned Gifts

In the simplest terms, estate planning is the process of taking control of your assets. Gift planning is nothing more than a set of instructions that clearly spells out the way assets and property should be managed during life and distributed at death. Visit our Planned Giving page, which is devoted to explaining all the planned giving options available to our supporters. It also has more information on our Living Legacy Society.  

Make a Gift Form

If you would like to make an immediate donation, simply visit our secure online gift form to make a donation.


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