(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001

Giving Opportunities

VINE’s funding comes from a variety of sources including government and private grants, fundraisers, rental fees, income earned from services provided, VINE Adult Community Center memberships, and proceeds from the VINE Home Thrift Store. Click here to view VINE’s Annual Report>

Your contribution is essential to the organization’s ability to continue to make a positive impact in the Minnesota River Valley. VINE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and contributions are tax-deductible. We will provide you with a receipt for tax purposes.

There are a variety of ways to help VINE grow; some of which are listed below. If you have questions, please consult with your tax advisor or call Pam Determan, VINE Executive Director or Lisa Kopischke, VINE Fiscal Manager, at (507) 387-1666.

Summertime Raffle

Help support VINE and get a chance to win some great prizes too!  Purchase a raffle ticket for $100 each and choose from 6 different prize packages valued at $1,500+  Drawing is being held on July 31 at the VINE Adult Community Center. 

Learn more here>

Contribute Online

Secure online contributions may be made through Network for Good or GiveMN. All donations are tax deductible.

Learn more about Network for Good

Contribute by Phone

Call Lisa Kopischke at (507) 386-5572 to make a one time or monthly electronic contribution.

Contribute by Mail

Click here to download PDF contribution form

Make checks payable to:

VINE Faith in Action
421 E. Hickory Street
Mankato, MN  56001 

Beneficial giving options for those age 70+

After years of contributing to tax-deferred 401(k)s and IRAs, it can be a bit of a shock when income tax is due on that money when you must take withdrawals in retirement. Annual withdrawals from traditional retirement accounts are required after age 70 1/2, and the penalty for skipping a required minimum distribution is 50 percent of the amount that should have been withdrawn. However, if you are in the fortunate position of not needing all of your distribution for living expenses and are charitably inclined, you can avoid income tax on your required withdrawal by donating it directly to a qualifying charity. An IRA charitable contribution satisfies the annual minimum distribution requirement for your IRA. Here’s how a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA can be used to help others and reduce your tax bill:

Meet the requirements. IRA owners must be age 70 1/2 or older to make a tax-free charitable contribution. Those who meet the age requirement can transfer up to $100,000 per year directly to an eligible charity without paying income tax on the transaction. If you file a joint tax return, your spouse can also make a charitable contribution of up to $100,000, meaning couples can exclude a maximum of $200,000 of their retirement savings from income tax if they donate it to charity. Qualified charitable contributions must be made by December 31 each year in order to exclude that amount from taxable income.

Note: Charitable contributions can only be made from IRAs, not 401(k)s or similar types of retirement accounts. If you want to make tax-free charitable contributions part of your retirement plan, you might need to roll funds over from a 401(k) to an IRA. You don’t need to itemize your taxes in order to make an IRA charitable distribution; however, if you itemize you cannot additionally claim a charitable contribution tax deduction on a charitable distribution from your IRA. Why? You are not getting taxed on this money, so you don’t get to count it as a charitable deduction as an additional tax benefit.

Satisfy mandatory distributions. You can donate part of your required distribution to charity and withdraw the rest of it as retirement income as long as you meet the minimum distribution requirement by the end of the calendar year. Yes, if you have met your Required Distribution for this year you can still give! Even after taking your RMD, the IRS allows individuals to gift from their IRA an additional amount of as much as $100,000, with no additional taxes. A lot of people already do give, so why not give from your IRA with funds you have to take out anyway?

Other Ways to Give


AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to VINE Faith in Action.

Sign up here

Commemorative Bricks

Personalized bricks are a great way to: honor a family member or friend, provide recognition of volunteer service for a group or individual, pay tribute to a loved one or give a gift in recognition of a special event or person. Bricks will be positioned in a place of prominence to be seen by all who visit the VINE Adult Community Center.

Click here for brick donation form

Life Income Plan

A life income plan allows you to make a substantial gift to VINE while providing for personal financial needs. Charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, charitable lead trusts, and other life income plans offer substantial tax benefits.

Life Insurance

Gifts of life insurance allow you to contribute assets no longer needed for family security. An existing policy can be donated to VINE Faith in Action or the organization can be named as beneficiary.

Matching Gifts

If you are affiliated with a company that has a matching gift program, you may be able to double or triple your gifts to VINE.

Naming Opportunities

For your consideration, VINE Faith in Action presents a variety of naming opportunities and recognition options for the Adult Community Center. Contact Pam Determan, VINE Executive Director, to discuss how you may leave a legacy through a major contribution.

Recognition Opportunities

A recognition wall on the first floor of the building will permanently acknowledge those who contribute to the building fund at the following levels:

Sower $1,000 – $4,999
Nurturer $5,000 – $7,499
VINE Keeper $7,500 – $9,999
Producer $10,000 – $14,999
Fruit Bearer $15,000 – $19,999
Harvester $20,000 – $24,999

Securities & Real Estate

Gifts of appreciating assets, such as securities or real estate, are a popular alternative to cash donations and provide tax benefits.

Thrivent Choice

If you are a member of Thrivent, your policy generates funds you can designate to VINE. These are dollars that don’t come out of your pocket so it’s almost like giving away free money. There are two ways to designate your Thrivent Choice dollars; call Thrivent at (800) 847-4836 or go online at thrivent.com.

Qualified Charitable Distribution from IRA

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 is permanent legislation that allows donors age 70 1/2 to make a tax-free transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to one or more public charities such as VINE Faith in Action. We encourage you to consult your personal, financial and legal advisors to learn more about this opportunity.

Wills and Codocils

Through charitable bequests, you can make significant gifts not possible during your lifetime and can reduce estate tax burdens. For more information about making a contribution, please contact the VINE Office.

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